The UAB-UCSD O'Brien Center Pilot and Feasibility (PAF) Grants program provides seed funds for new, outstanding, and innovative research proposals related to Acute Kidney Injury (AKI). These pilot funds provide eligible investigators with one to two years of support along with the resources necessary to explore investigator-initiated projects related to AKI. 

The PAF Program's Mission

  1. Attract Junior faculty to AKI-related research
  2. Enable established investigators from other disciplines/fields to explore the feasibility of new, innovative concepts in AKI-related research
  3. Entice investigators with research expertise in the Core Center's thematic areas to apply their expertise to AKI-related questions.

Previous Recipients

From the beginning of the program, 16 physician-scientists and 14 PhD scientists, including promising faculty from institutions outside UAB or UCSD, were recruited to the field of AKI research. These investigators have demonstrated significant productivity, including multiple peer- reviewed papers and at present collectively have a 66.7% success rate in obtaining subsequent extramural funding and, 91.3% have remained in kidney-related research.

See the O'Brien Center Newsletter highlights on the PAF Program here.