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Our research grants

We will have two hybrid research grant rounds for 2023/24.

  • Grant round 1: Call opens late March/early April 2023 for expressions of interest applications  
  • Grant round 2: Call opens late August 2023 for expressions of interest applications

Changes we made last year are continuing this year:

  • The first phase will be a shorter expression of interest. Those shortlisted will be invited to complete a more detailed full application. Both phases will use our online system for applying.
  • Patients are more involved in our grants review process than ever before – they now do a more comprehensive review from a patient perspective.
  • We have re-named our innovation awards as start-up awards.

Types of research grants

Find out about the different research grants we have available.

 Dates may be subject to slight change up to the actual round opening. If you have any questions please get in touch before you apply so we can provide advice that may be helpful. 

Melissa Lopez-Anton in lab

How to apply for a research grant

Applying for a grant can sometimes be confusing and difficult. We have tried to make our application process as easy as possible.

Follow our simple instructions on how to make your application, use our online grants management system and how to make your application as successful as possible.

Meet a researcher

Dr James Fotheringham talks about the research Kidney Research UK funded through a three year clinical training fellowship.

James, and his team, studied anonymised data from over 5,800 patients who had dialysis between 2002 and 2006. They found that patients who dialyse three times a week with a two-day break before their next session were 6% more likely to be admitted to hospital upon returning to their next session.

Since this project, James has successfully applied for a National Institute for Health Research Fellowship.

How our funding helps

"My kidney Research UK fellowship is a fundamental step change in my career.

It has allowed me to join the thriving Centre for Cardiovascular Science in Edinburgh where I benefit from the crossover between clinical and basic science renal research.

The funding has allowed me to become involved in cutting edge renal research within the UK."

Dr Morag Mansley, post-doctoral fellowship

Dr Morag Mansley

Other ways to fund your research

Take a look at the other ways that research can be funded other than with a research grant.

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Tell us your new ideas through our open door

We want to hear about new ideas that could make a difference to people affected by kidney disease. Anyone can share their ideas with us at any time.

Nurse supports the person's kidney on a blue background.

Alternative funding

Opportunities to accelerate research and innovation in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of kidney disease through a range of alternative funding.

Got a question? Get in touch.

For more information or if you have any questions about applying for a research grant, get in touch with our Research Grants Team:

0300 303 1100

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