Small Grants Program

Small grants of up to $5,000 will be awarded to investigators who are interested in running samples or using services of O’Brien Center cores.

Preference will be given to junior investigators, senior investigators who are investigating a novel area in their kidney disease research program, and investigators who are new to the kidney disease field. There is no specific deadline for these proposals. Proposals will be accepted and funding will be determined on a rolling basis. We anticipate funding approximately 4 grants/year.

Any faculty member engaged in kidney or kidney-related research is eligible to apply for the Small Grants Program. 

To apply please complete and submit the Small Grants Form 

All documents and any questions should be directed to Imm-Kee Lang (

2018-2019 Small Grants Awardees:

  • Jennifer Harder, MD, University of Michigan (Internal Medicine – Nephrology)
    “Podocyte-specific gene expression variation in nephrotic syndrome”
  • Rodica Pop-Busui, MD, PhD, University of Michigan (Internal Medicine – Metabolism, Endocrinology and Diabetes)
    “Effect of metabolic perturbations on measures of diabetic nephropathy and cardiovascular autonomic neuropathy in type 1 diabetes”