Program Summary

Program Summary

This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) invites applications for the George M. O’Brien Kidney Research Centers to support both basic and clinical research on kidney disease.  The goal of the O'Brien Kidney Research Center program is to make state-of-the art technologies and resources readily accessible to a broad spectrum of investigators pursuing studies in relevant topic areas.  The emphases for this program are fourfold: (1) to attract new scientific expertise to and develop new tools for the study of human kidney physiology and disorders in humans and in animal and other models; (2) to encourage multidisciplinary research in these areas; 3) To explore new areas with translational potential; and 4) to generate Developmental Research (DR)/Pilot and Feasibility (P and F) studies which could lead to new and innovative approaches to study kidney disease.  


Research Goals and Scope

The goal of the O’Brien Centers is to provide unique resources for communication and collaboration between basic and clinical researchers in the field of kidney disease.  Research with clear translational potential, as described above, is strongly encouraged, as is clinical research.  O'Brien Centers will provide shared resources to enhance the efficiency of research and foster collaborations within and among institutions with strong existing bases of kidney disease research.  O'Brien Centers may be located in a single institution or in multiple institutions with complementary research bases.


Institution and Research Base

An O'Brien Center must be an identifiable unit within a single institution such as a university medical center, or within a consortium of cooperating institutions. In either case, O'Brien Center applications must be associated with an existing program of excellence in biomedical research in kidney disease.  Program excellence is measured through a consistent and outstanding record of productivity and peer-reviewed research funding in kidney disease and related research areas.  A high level of integration and close collaboration among Center personnel from diverse scientific disciplines is an important feature of a successful O'Brien Center.  The Center should be focused on one or more central themes or focus areas that link Center investigators and their research programs, and enhance synergy.

Kidney research often requires the use of specialized technologies and resources to support a cohesive research effort. The O'Brien Center program should make state-of-the art technologies and resources readily accessible to a broad spectrum of investigators who are pursuing studies in relevant topic areas.


Award Budget: Application budgets are limited to $750,000 in direct costs per year.

Application Limits

Application Limits

University is limited to one proposal.

Additional Information


UIC Letter of Intent
May 19, 2017
UIC Internal Competition
Sponsor Letter of Intent
Sponsor Application
November 1, 2017

Letter of Intent

Letter of Intent

Letter of Intent (LOI) Form


Depending upon the number of LOIs submitted, OVCR might be required to facilitate an internal peer review process to select UIC’s submission(s) to this program.  White paper instructions will distributed to those who have submitted LOIs.


Please contact Natalia Glubisz at or 312-996-8348 with any questions.


If an authorized principal investigator is not listed above, please consider the limited competition still open. Contact for further information.