Overview of our application and review process
Changes to our Grant Application and Review process – 28 August 2015
Kidney Research UK has implemented a new research grants management system which includes an online grant application and review portal.
Application forms for any live grant funding round are now available on the Grant Management System.
Before you can create an application you will need to access the portal via the above link and either:
- Log-in: in the case where you have previously held or currently hold a grant from us then the portal will recognise you and you need to confirm and then create a password.
- Register: New Users.
A user guide on how to apply is available once you are logged into the portal.
For advice and help please contact a member of our Research Operations Team by calling 0300 303 1100 or by emailing: firstname.lastname@example.org
Please note: Hard-copy paper application forms will no longer be accepted for any grant types.
Applicants are reminded that Kidney Research UK's research remit is wide and that particularly clear and succinct preparation is likely to be helpful to our Research Grants Committee, whose members are drawn from a wide range of clinical and scientific backgrounds.
In their background description applicants should make clear the extent of support for the feasibility of the planned approach by reference to published work, or provision of pilot data. The security of these arguments should be commensurate with the scale of the planned work. We understand the need to develop new ideas where such support may be limited, and therefore we provide innovation grants to cover such possibilities.
Peer review process
Applications will be subject to peer review involving both members of the charity's Research Grants Committee (RGC) and external reviewers.
Reviewers will be asked to submit their reviews online via our new research grants management system.
Applicants are welcome to suggest potential reviewers, particularly individuals working outside the UK, though the charity can give no guarantee that any particular individual will be approached. Nominated reviewers should be unconnected with the applicant's future planned, current or recently completed research programmes and their resident institute. Conflicts of interest at both Committee and external reviews levels are managed very closely during our review process and any conflicted members of the Research Grants Committee (via institutional or individual conflict) are distanced from the review of those application(s) they are conflicted upon and leave the meeting during the discussion of these application(s). Applications are assessed on scientific merit, competitively in the light of comments from external reviewers and Research Grants Committee members.
A funding recommendation will be generated by the Research Grants Committee following the completion of the review process.
All funding decisions are final. We provide to all applicants ‘ad verbum’ feedback from our review process regardless of outcome of the application.
All Research Grants Committee funding recommendations are endorsed by the charity’s Board of Trustees before any awards are notified to applicants.
The outcome from each grant round will be publically available after each round has completed.