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Government funding critical for kidney research

22 March 2024

At the beginning of March, we welcomed the announcement by Jeremy Hunt MP, Chancellor of the Exchequer, that, as part of the Budget the government would provide a package of £45m to support charity-funded early career researchers. We are now delighted to report that we have been awarded £1.3m of this total funding. 

Kidney Research UK has a vital role to play in helping develop the field of renal research, including by building capacity and nurturing more talent, ideas and skills to improve kidney patients’ lives. This funding will enable more resource to be dedicated to accelerating the change we can collectively make.  

Sandra Currie, chief executive of Kidney Research UK
Sandra Currie

Grateful for new funding

Sandra Currie, chief executive of Kidney Research UK said: “We are very grateful to have received these essential funds and would like to thank the Association of Medical Research Charities for their work in helping secure this. This is a greater proportion of government funding to medical research charities than we received previously. Following on from the warnings in our 2023 report that kidney disease threatens to overwhelm the NHS without urgent interventions including greater investment in renal research, this uplift in the allocation is very welcome. . 

“There is still so much to do to stop the devastation that kidney disease causes to people’s lives. Even with this new funding, the need to support research is greater than ever, therefore we thank our supporters for their ongoing loyalty.” 

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