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Cytomegalovirus patient survey award

We know Cyclomegalovirus (CMV) is a common global viral infection often contracted during early life and then remaining dormant. It can remain inactive following this initial infection but then can be reactivated post transplantation or can be transmitted from the transplanted organ both causing major problems and disease in kidney transplant recipients on immunosuppression treatment. The severity may lead to failure of the kidney transplant or in some cases death.

We know from patients that they worry about the risk of this frequent complication after a kidney transplant.

  • How worried are they?
  • What is the impact on their quality of life and to what degree do the usual symptoms of CMV infection, such as reduced physical activity and mobility as well as mental fatigue and stress, affect their daily lifestyle?
  • How effective are current treatments?

These are just some of the questions to which we need answers.

 Award details


A maximum award of £25,000 to design and deliver this new survey through to publication.  Successful applicants will be selected following a competitive assessment undertaken by a review panel.  


In collaboration with Kidney Research UK, the successful applicant will be expected to: 

  • Design and develop a comprehensive survey  
  • Deliver the survey, ensuring inclusion of a diverse range of responders 
  • Secure a minimum of 200 completed responses including a mix of transplant patients from different communities and age groups  
  • Carry out and analyse patient response to in-depth interviews 
  • Collect and analyse the data using appropriate methodology 
  • Prepare a final report/manuscript suitable for publication 
  • Adhere to pre-agreed timelines 
  • Assist with dissemination of findings if required 


In order to be considered for this award applicants should: 

  • Demonstrate previous experience of cost-effective delivery of a health survey 
  • Provide a detailed budget breakdown of relevant costs 
  • Outline their capacity to undertake the required work 
  • Agree to adhere to timelines indicated by Kidney Research UK 
  • Be fully aware and compliant with GDPR regulations and data security measures 
  • Be employed by a UK university or recognised research establishment 

How to apply

Expression of interest

We are pleased to invite expressions of interest from suitably qualified academics to design and conduct an independent patient survey to into the impactand burdenof Cytomegalovirus (CMV) on the quality of life of kidney transplant patients. 

If you are interested in this opportunity, please send an expression of interest (no more than 2 A4 pages plus a detailed budget) to [email protected] stating CMV’ in the email subject heading. 

Closing date: 5pm, Monda 19 December 2022

For further information contact:

Elaine Davies: 01733 367 835

What difference can funding make to you?

Dr Soma Meran

"Funding has enabled me to set up preliminary data to apply for intermediate fellowship applications and enabled me to be more competitive in these applications."

Dr Soma Meran, Innovation grant recipient

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