Grants & Funding

Career Development Grants Application

Application Deadline: Wednesday, December 14 at 2 pm EST

The Career Development Grants Program includes the following grants:

ASN Foundation for Kidney Research Grants

  • Carl W. Gottschalk Research Scholar Grant: Awarded to investigators conducting research in any area of nephrology.
  • John Merrill Grant in Transplantation: Awarded to an investigator performing biomedical research related to transplantation.
  • Norman Siegel Research Scholar Grant: Awarded to an investigator conducting pediatric research.

  • Partner Grant

    • OHF-ASN Foundation for Kidney Research Grant: Supports research on topics relevant to oxalosis, primary hyperoxaluria and related stone diseases. This grant is made possible through a partnership with The Oxalosis & Hyperoxaluria Foundation.

    • By submitting an application to the Career Development Grants Program, candidates are considered for all of the opportunities listed above.

      All Career Development Grants are not renewable and previous recipients are not eligible for a second grant. Applicants may only submit one application during a cycle.


      The ASN Foundation for Kidney Research (ASN Foundation) Career Development Grants Program provides funding for young faculty to foster evolution to an independent research career and a successful application for a National Institutes of Health (NIH) R01 grant or equivalent.


      To apply for a Career Development Grant, a candidate:

      • Must be a resident of North America during the funding period.
      • Must be an active member of ASN.
      • Must hold an MD, PhD, or equivalent degree.
      • Cannot be a previous recipient of an ASN or ASN Foundation for Kidney Research Career Development Grant.
      • Cannot be a previous or current recipient of a National Institutes of Health R01 grant, VA Merit Award, or equivalent.
      • Must be within seven (7) years of initial faculty appointment at the time of the award activation.
      • Must have a proposed project that is independent of previous mentors.
      • Cannot have more than $250,000 (in annual direct costs) in external grant support, including the ASN Foundation for Kidney Research funds, at the time of the award activation.
      • Must devote at least 75% of their time to research.
      • Appointment to full-time faculty must be confirmed in writing by the Department Chair, indicating the date of first full-time faculty appointment, and providing assurance that the department will provide needed resources for conducting independent research (laboratory and office space, salary support, and protected research time of at least 75%).

      An applicant who is uncertain of his/her eligibility should request an advisory opinion from the ASN Foundation for Kidney Research before completing an application.

      Previous or Current Funding Allowed

      Applicants are allowed to have currently, or have had previously, extramural (NIH or Foundation) mentored career development grant funding (e.g., NIH K08). However, total grant funding, including the ASN Foundation Career Development Grant, cannot exceed $250,000 in annual direct costs, irrespective of scientific overlap. The amount of the ASN Foundation grant will be reduced as appropriate if total funding exceeds this amount at any time during the funding period of the grant.

      Funding and Stipulations

      • The award will provide $100,000 annually for two years, beginning July 1, and will cover salaries/supplies related to the candidate's research proposal. A maximum of 10% of the award per year may be used to cover indirect costs at the candidate's sponsoring institution.
      • A progress report and a financial report are required for non-competitive renewal of the grant for the second year. Final reports are also required at the end of the funding period. The award is for continuous support, and interruptions in the period of support will require prior written approval from the ASN Foundation for Kidney Research.
      • Recipients shall acknowledge the ASN Foundation for Kidney Research's (and co-sponsoring institution, if applicable) support in publications resulting from their proposed work.
      • Grants may be transferred from one institution to another only with the prior approval of the ASN Foundation.

      Use of Grant Funds

      • Salary/Fringe: Up to $70,000 per year can be used for the PI's salary, including fringe benefits.
      • Equipment: Funds cannot be used to purchase equipment that costs more than $5,000, unless such purchase is clearly justified in the research plan and approved by the ASN Foundation for Kidney Research.
      • Restrictions: Up to $2,000 a year may be used on travel to attend relevant scientific meetings. Funds may not be used for clinical or administrative time.


      The ASN Foundation Career Development Grants Program application has been updated, please refer to the instructions before beginning your application.

      A complete application must contain the following documents:

      • Contact information and project title
      • Applicant Biosketch (using the NIH Biosketch format)
      • Research Project Plan
      • Letter of support from Department Head
      • Letter documenting institutional permission to submit application
      • Three additional letters of support (submitted blindly by the author.)

      To complete an application, an applicant will need the following documents available for download by logging into the ASN website:

      • Instructions for completing an ASN Foundation Career Development Grant
      • Biosketch Template
      • Research Project Plan Template (must be used in application)

      Evaluation Criteria

      The ASN Foundation Grants Review Committee will consider the potential of the applicant and the proposed project for eventual funding by an NIH R01 grant or its equivalent. Assessment will include the qualifications of the applicant with respect to prior training, productivity, and independence, as well as the scientific merit of the proposed project. The institutional commitment to the development of the applicant as an independent investigator will also be assessed. Funding decisions will be distributed in May.


      Please contact the ASN Foundation for Kidney Research with any questions at