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Aim of NKF Research Initiative

The National Kidney Foundation (NKF) research initiative aims to support research with expected outcomes to improve the health outcomes and quality of life of kidney disease patients and those related to kidney diseases, which will directly lead to improvements in treatments and outcomes for patients, reduce the risk factors as well as to advocate for the policy development based on evidence-based research.


To facilitate evidence-based research that guides best practices in kidney disease treatment and prevention and shape health policies in these areas. The research must provide relevant and targeted information towards achieving NKF’s mission and vision, ACT-KID 2018-2025, and 12th Malaysia Health Plan (MP) 2021-2025.


  • A Malaysian citizen residing in Malaysia
  • Possess at least a degree qualification from an established higher education institution
  • All Malaysian academic institutions, NGOs, and the private sector are eligible to apply for this grant. All entities should be registered under Suruhanjaya Syarikat Malaysia (SSM) or Jabatan Pendaftaran Pertubuhan Malaysia (JPPM)
  • International entities are eligible to participate; however, their participation is only valid if they collaborate with a registered local entity. The local entity will be the project-leading organisation.
  • Collaboration with other organisations are highly encouraged for the application of this grant scheme
  • For the private sector, the company must be in operation for at least one (1) year. The annual sales turnover must be more than RM100,000 with proof of the company’s latest six (6) months’ Bank Statement (for Businesses) or audited account (for company) for the last three (3) years.

Priority Areas of Research

●        Clinical

●        Health system

●        Health Social Services/ Behavioural

●        Health management

●        Health policy research

●        Public health/ Epidemiology

●        Digital/Technology

Project Duration

The research project duration is between 12 to 24 months. An important element of successful applications is the feasibility of the proposed project completed within the designated time frame (maximum 24 months).

Application Procedure

Applications must be submitted electronically via Asana.

  1. Download and complete the Expression of Interest template (EOI)
  2. Please name/save the Expression of Interest form using the following standard format: NKF-Name of Project Leader-Institution/Company-Year of Application
  3. Attach the completed Expression of Interest form and supporting documents (as stated in Required documents) and submit online via the Asana form.

Link to submit EOI:

Submission Deadline

All Expression of Interest forms must be submitted via Asana by 15 June 2023, 5pm. Only applications submitted via Asana are acceptable. Late / Non-compliant / Incomplete submissions will not be reviewed.

For more info and download templates, click below:
Grant Guideline
Expression of Interest template (EOI)
Full Proposal Template