Researchers hope to find a new way of detecting heart problems in patients using an MRI scanning technique.
Kidney patients are more prone to heart and blood vessel disease because of the risk of diabetes and high blood pressure.
Almost 1500 people in Glasgow are currently being treated for end-stage kidney failure.
The two-year project is being carried out by the University of Glasgow, where a second project is aiming to find new treatments for patients with chronic kidney disease who have high blood pressure.
Dr Alison Taylor will try to find out whether there is a link between how salt in the diet contributes to changes in the levels of a certain type of hormone, which appears to be high in patients with chronic kidney disease.
Kidney Research UK has invested more than £170,000 in the projects.
However, the charity says it is forced to turn away four out of five research projects due to a lack of funding.
It is urging the public to take part in a new charity event in Glasgow this month to raise vital funds.
The Glasgow Bridges Walk covers seven miles and is taking place on September 22.
Elaine Davies, head of research operations at Kidney Research UK, said: "We are able to fund these research projects because of kind donations from members of the public. But, we are only able to fund one in five projects presented to us, which is why fund-raising is vital.
"The money raised by the Glasgow Bridges Walk will enable us to invest in new research, to help us understand more about kidney disease."
The entry fee is £10 for adults, £4 children.
Details at http://support.kidney researchuk.org/glasgow