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Fellowships and PhD Studentships

We are the largest charity dedicated to kidney research in the UK.  Our research strategy to 2030 outlines our four strategic research objectives and what we want to achieve through research in the next ten-years or sooner!

In our pledge to drive a major surge in research in the UK, we are changing some of the ways we do things. Our 2022 hybrid grants programme is now open! This is one of the many ways we fund and facilitate high quality research.

Dr Rachel Floyd
Kidney Research UK Fellow
Department of Cellular and Molecular Physiology
Institute of Translational Medicine
University of Liverpool

Does your proposal align to our research priorities?

In your application, we will ask you how your proposal aligns with our immediate research priority areas:

Expression of interest information

We are pleased to invite expressions of interest from individuals whose proposals directly address our immediate priority areas for research, and who seek initial or further support to establish their research career. 

Types of grants available

Although the focus of our second round in 2022 is for research project and start-up grants, there will also be an opportunity for applying for a career development award including: 

Senior non-clinical fellowships to support non-clinical scientists who wish to continue to advance their reputation in renal research following independent research  

  • Funding period: over five years maximum 
  • Items of expenditure: Fellow’s salary and consumables  
  • Annual consumables allowance: £24,000 

Intermediate non-clinical fellowships for renal research specialisation of post-doctoral scientists   

  • Funding period: over 3 years maximum 
  • Items of expenditure: Fellow’s salary and consumables  
  • Annual consumables allowance: £15,000 

PhD studentships (non-clinical) on renal research  

  • Funding period: over 3 ½ years maximum 
  • Items of expenditure: Student’s stipend, higher degree fees and consumables 
  • Annual consumables allowance: £3,500 

Clinical training fellowships to support renal field specialisation of medical graduates   

  • Funding period: over 3 years maximum 
  • Items of expenditure: Fellow’s salary, higher degree fees and consumables 
  • Annual consumables allowance: £15,000 

Allied health professional fellowships (clinical) to support nurses and allied health professionals to undertake renal research study. 

  • Funding period: over 3 years maximum 
  • Items of expenditure: Fellow’s salary, higher degree fees and consumables 
  • Annual consumables allowance: £8,000 

We will only consider one application type per applicant even if you have several research ideas, and applicants can only apply in one of our 2022 grants rounds. Resubmissions will not be accepted within 12 months of the original submission. If you already hold three or more active awards from us, you are ineligible to apply this year.

Our expression of interest forms have moved to our online grants portal. Please sign up for an account if you don’t have one already.  

Expression of interest deadline: 5pm, 4 October 2022

Submitting your application

Both scientific and lay summaries will be used to assess each submission. Consideration will be given to how closely the proposal matches to our immediate priority areas for research and all submissions will be ranked according to their potential to deliver against these.

All applicants must be resident in the United Kingdom and the research must take place in a UK establishment.

Successful applicants will be invited to submit a full application in due course. This invitation is no guarantee of funding which will be competitively awarded. Only applications invited to the second stage will be considered.

Applicants will be notified on 25 October 2022 if they are invited for a full application, to be submitted by 29 November 2022.

We welcome pre-submission enquiries.

You can find more information about our grants in our regulations and conditions.

Expression of interest deadline: 5pm, 4 October 2022

Got a question? Get in touch.

If you have a question or would like further information contact:

Elaine Davies: 01733 367 835

Emma Shilling: 01733 367 837

What difference can funding make to you?

"Not only has Kidney Research UK funding allowed me to produce internationally recognised research but it’s also given me a deeper appreciation of the personal effects of current treatments on patients."

Dr Mark Findlay, Kidney Research UK Training Fellowship

Dr Mark Findlay

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