Specialized Center Grant
Specialized Centers (P50) support any part of the full range of research
from very basic to clinical; they may involve ancillary support
activities such as protracted patient care necessary to the primary
research or limited core facilities. Support activities are designed to
enhance multidisciplinary studies on a specific disease entity or
biomedical problem area.
NIDDK currently funds its Pediatric Centers of Excellence in Nephrology through the P50 mechanism.
About the Grant
The Pediatric Centers of Excellence in Nephrology support both basic and clinical research on pediatric kidney
disease. The emphases for this program are several-fold: (1) to continue to
attract new scientific expertise into the study of the basic mechanisms of
kidney diseases and disorders among infants, children, and adolescents; (2)
to encourage multidisciplinary research focused on the causes of these
diseases; 3) to explore new basic areas that may have clinical research
application and 4) to design Developmental Research (DR)/Pilot and
Feasibility (P&F) studies which should lead to new and innovative
approaches to study kidney disease in the pediatric population, and the
eventual submission of competitive investigator-initiated R01 research grant
applications. These Centers complement the O’Brien Kidney and Urological
Deadlines for Application
RFAs are issued every 5 years. RFA-DK-11-009
was issued in 2011, and the next RFA is scheduled for release in 2016.
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