The Andy Cole Fund Grant Awards
We are offering £250k of funding through the first set of Andy Cole Fund Grant Awards within our 2023 grants round 2.
“I set up the Andy Cole Fund to make a difference. I’m determined that we will find the best ways to support kidney patients’ mental health and improve the transplant experience.
Kidney disease is the hardest thing I’ve ever had to deal with. We’ve got to make it better for others and research is the answer. I’m excited to see what projects we can fund through the Andy Cole Fund Grant Awards to help change the game for kidney patients.” Andy Cole, kidney patient and former England footballer
Transforming treatments for patients
The Andy Cole Fund Grant Awards will be made from applications submitted in grant round 2 that have the potential to:
- transform transplantation: maximise the number of suitable donated kidneys; research into the causes of kidney transplant failure and the development of monitoring and treatments to better manage and prevent transplant rejection; to address the ‘fear of failure’ through research into the mental health challenges faced by kidney transplant patients; and research on the long-term use of immunosuppressive medication which reduces the life expectancy of kidney transplant recipients.
- increase our understanding of how living with a long-term condition impacts mental health and how this affects patients with kidney diseases; how to prevent mental health problems; and, to help kidney patients with mental health problems get well and stay well.
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