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Kidney Research UK has been chosen to partner with the National Institute for Health Research Academy, to offer jointly-funded Partnership Fellowships at Doctoral level, as part of the launch of the new NIHR Fellowship programme.

Dr Lisa Cotterill, NIHR Academy Chief Executive, explains: “Successful Partnership Researchers will become part of an active and supportive research community which can draw on the enormous benefits and opportunities that cross-sector working can bring, helping to grow the number of future research leaders in key health areas.”

Elaine Davies, Director of Research Operations at Kidney Research UK, commented: “We are delighted to become a partner with the NIHR Academy to provide joint fellowships. Together with NIHR’s support we will increase renal research capacity allowing us to fund even more of the very best research into tackling kidney disease. Our partnership addresses two strategic aims of the UK Renal Research Strategy, to support the training and development of all contributors to renal research, and strengthen formal partnerships. Successful applicants will benefit from exposure to both our organisations, our networks and development opportunities.”

Partnership Fellowships include full salary support and research costs, allowing researchers protected time to concentrate on their research, as well as supporting them to undertake a bespoke training and development programme to meet their individual needs and future career aspirations. The Fellowships are open to any researcher in any profession, clinical and non-clinical, proposing research in line with NIHR’s overall remit and that of Kidney Research UK.

Jointly funded Partnership Fellowships will allow early career researchers the opportunity to maintain and build a relationship with both the NIHR and Kidney Research UK alike; as well as providing greater research exposure through a variety of media and communication channels. Successful applicants can take advantage of Kidney Research UK’s alumni programme. Researchers will also be able to engage with and receive valuable input from patient groups, making the most of the public and patient engagement/involvement opportunities available.

The Partnership Fellowships application period runs from 2 October to 18 December.

Find out more and information on how to apply.

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