The Division of Nephrology is now accepting applications for the 2019 Renal Staff Microgrant program, which provides resources for staff in our outpatient clinics, the Forest Park dialysis unit and the Chromalloy dialysis unit to undertake new projects that improve the care and experience of our patients.
In the current funding cycle, the division will fund up to three grants at a maximum of $5,000 total direct costs per year each. The proposal must include a team consisting of at least one staff member and one senior staff member or faculty mentor from the Division of Nephrology.
Projects funded in the past have varied in nature, but all have served to educate and help improve patients’ lives.
In 2018, funding was awarded for extension of the Home Blood Pressure Monitoring Project.
In 2017, one of three funded projects helped purchase laptops, medication organizers and measuring bottles to help improve patient adherence to medications, diet and fluid restriction.
A second grant ensured the continuation of a project to provide education and the availability of digital home blood pressure monitors for low income patients in the Renal Clinic. In addition, patients were provided pill planners to help simplify medication management for themselves, family members and caregivers.
The third grant funded the development of a web page to educate patients about clinical research and provide information on current clinical studies that are actively enrolling patients. This web page, Clinical Trials, is now up and running as part of the Division of Nephrology website. An introduction to the Nephrology Clinical Trials staff is also provided.
In 2016, awarded grants were:
The application deadline is December 4, 2018. Applications are to be sent via email to Virginia Kelly. Awardees will be announced on or around December 6, 2018.
Full details on grant details and application process can be found here.
Inquiries regarding the Renal Microgrant Grant Program should be directed to Dr. Benjamin Humphreys.