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Our new MedTech Competition to fund new academic research

30 November 2021

We are excited to have launched our brand new Kidney MedTech Competition to accelerate the development and availability of new technologies to make research count for patients sooner.  

We are now accepting research submissions from academic researchers based in the UK. Each prize will consist of £25,000 funding and attendance for two representatives, per project, as part of our bespoke academy programme. The competition will run until Monday 24 January 2021 (extended from the original deadline Friday 7 January 2022 to recognise the recent increase in disruption of Covid, academic and clinical pressures and to support prospective applicants.

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Partnership working

We are working in partnership with IN-PART’s Discover platform to find and fund new academic partners. The purpose is to advance original research that will address the crucial challenges of kidney disease.  

We are delighted to launch the Kidney MedTech Competition as a new programme to accelerate research into kidney disease, so it makes a difference to kidney patients’ lives faster.  By working with IN-PART on this exciting and innovative competition we will raise awareness and seek applicants from outside our traditional routes. At Kidney Research UK, we are committed to being ambitious and collaborating with others to ensure kidney research continues to grow.” commented Marc Stowell, executive director of development at Kidney Research UK. 

Aims of the competition

The Kidney MedTech Competition aims to accelerate the development and availability of transformational technologies. It also aims to promote approaches to improve the prevention and treatment of kidney disease. We are seeking novel research that clearly outlines the positive impact on the lives of kidney patients, or how the project can support the prevention of kidney disease.  

“We’re really excited to be working with Kidney Research UK on their MedTech competition to accelerate their patient-focused research strategy and to have our academic network engage with the campaign. It follows on from some great campaigns we’ve run with similar organisations such as Alzheimer’s Research UK and the Medicines Discovery Catapult to help provide a pathway for researchers to secure funding from research charities and consortia as well as traditional industry.” commented Robin Knight, co-founder of IN-PART. 

Find out more

Get more information on the Kidney MedTech Competition and to submit proposals.

* Applications from researchers should include preliminary pilot underpinning data, a short CV including publications and how the award would take the research to the next level and be submitted through IN-PART’s Discover platform (Kidney Research UK: Kidney MedTech Competition | IN-PART Discover) a bespoke industry scouting tools in use at more than 1,400 institutes worldwide that is free for academics and university research commercialisation teams to engage with the latest industrial requirements and challenges. 


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