What We Do

The Kidney Innovation Accelerator (KidneyX) is a public-private partnership between the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the American Society of Nephrology (ASN) to accelerate innovation in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of kidney diseases. KidneyX seeks to improve the lives of the 850 million people worldwide currently affected by kidney diseases by accelerating the development of drugs, devices, biologics and other therapies across the spectrum of kidney care including prevention, diagnostics, and treatment.

Building off the success of similar public-private accelerators, KidneyX will engage a community of researchers, innovators, and investors to bring breakthrough therapies to patients through a series of prize competitions. ASN and HHS leaders are overseeing KidneyX's efforts to accelerate the pace of innovation in the development of disruptive approaches to kidney care and the development of new medical products, leading to solutions that will improve the lives of the millions of people worldwide affected by kidney diseases. We hope you will consider joining us in this effort.

Prize Competitions

KidneyX aims to spur innovation by funding promising innovators through a series of prize competitions across the spectrum of kidney care (prevention, diagnosis, and treatment). Prize comeptitions are a method of problem-solving that describes a problem (usually to the general public) and offers a prize or prizes to whoever comes up with the best solution(s). They are a great way to attract ideas and skills from a wide range of fields, and only provide funding for solutions that meet the judging criteria established when the competition is announced. View KidneyX's portfolio of prize competitions and learn how you can get more involved.


KidneyX hosts a series of events throughout the year to encourage collaboration across a diverse set of fields and better coordination across the HHS agencies, including CMS, FDA, and NIH, to clarify the path toward commercialization and patient access to innovative products. Be sure to routinely check the Events page for the latest opportunities.