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Our research grants

We have two new hybrid research grant rounds for researchers for 2022/23.

  • Grant round 1: Closed for expression of interest on 17 May 2022. The round was open to all application types. We were seeking predominantly fellowship and studentship applications whilst being open to research project and start-up submissions. 
  • Grant round 2: We are seeking research project and start-up submissions. This includes transforming treatments and paediatric ideas, whilst leaving the door open for some career development.

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. 

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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.

What we're looking for

Our research strategy outlines our intentions on achieving our vision. Through a range of research, we want to advance our understanding of kidney diseases and their causes, improve treatment and management, and accelerate benefits to patients.

Meet a researcher

Dr James Fotheringham talks about the research Kidney Research UK funded through a three year clincal 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 dialyze three times a week with a two-day break before their next session were 69 per cent 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. He is now looking into how harm associated with the two-day break in dialysis can be reduced.

Latest research awards

Find out about the research grants that have recently been awarded.

What difference can our funding make to you?

"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

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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.

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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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