Funding Opportunities

The O'Brien Urology Research Center provides and helps facilitate several types of grants and funding opportunities related to kidney disease research.

Travel grants

Our center offers $1,000 travel grants to investigators and trainees through our educational enrichment program. This travel grants program allows junior investigators and trainees to visit collaborating researchers outside of Mayo Clinic or to attend important nephrolithiasis research meetings and conferences hosted by such organizations as the Research on Calculus Kinetics (R.O.C.K.) Society, the American Urological Association or the American Society of Nephrology. Applications for these grants are solicited at the beginning of each financial year.

Training grants

The Kidney Disease Research Training Program at Mayo Clinic prepares biomedical and clinical scientists for independent investigative careers in academic nephrology and basic renal sciences. Applications are open to Ph.D. graduates and M.D. graduates who have commenced or have completed training in clinical nephrology. The first year of the two- to three-year program is supported by the nephrology training grant.

Cooperative research centers grants

The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) provides several types of grants to applicants from institutions like Mayo Clinic that have a cooperative-centers program. These grants are geared toward innovative research and investigation of benign urologic diseases, with a goal of better understanding etiology and developing improved options for diagnosis, treatment and prevention. For more information, visit the National Institutes of Health grants and funding site.