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Named awards

Named research awards

Thanks to the enormous generosity of our supporters we are now inviting applications for some new named awards. These awards are in addition to our grants rounds and highlight our commitment to building a stronger and broader research community.

All awards will be made in line with our research strategy and all applicants are advised to consider this carefully prior to submission. 

Farah Latiff in the lab looking through a microscope

Information about our named awards

Laurence Isaacson MSc/PhD Awards

Laurence was an ambassador for our Making Every Kidney Count Campaign and was tireless in his support for the charity. He was specifically interested in improving the outcomes for people who need a kidney transplant. Throughout his career, Laurence believed in finding and supporting new talent within the arts, stage and hospitality. Due to his generous legacy gift, we are delighted to offer up to three £90,000 awards in translational kidney transplant research, to commemorate his support for our work in this area. 

Applications from allied health professionals interested in pursuing a research career are encouraged, but must be within budget. Applications must be a minimum of 50% FTE research if combined with another role. We anticipate any appointment to not exceed mid Band 6 level (Afc NHS payscale).  

Applications from approved supervisors to support a science graduate to undertake a PhD are also welcome. 

Key information:

  • Number of awards: three 
  • Budget: £90,000 per award 
  • Career grant type: PhD studentship or Allied Health Professional fellowship 
  • Area: translational kidney transplant research 
  • Location: anywhere within the UK 

The Sutherland Family PhD Award

Kidney disease is tough at any age, but for many children, facing the prospect of a lifelong illness can be particularly challenging. It can take a huge toll on family life, schooling and emotional wellbeing. Supporting research of particular benefit to children is vital to enable young kidney patients to live their best lives. We are excited to invite applications for a dedicated PhD award to support research into any aspect of paediatric kidney disease.   

The Sutherland Family PhD Award is a call for applications up to £90,000 for researchers affiliated with Great Ormond Street Hospital.    

Key information:

  • Number of awards: one  
  • Budget: £90,000  
  • Career grant type: PhD Studentship 
  • Area: paediatric kidney disease 
  • Location: Great Ormond Street Hospital or institutes affiliated with it 

Requirements for your application

Read our regulations and conditions for detailed information on our application requirements 

Patients and parents/carers participate fully in our review process, for our named awards therefore an appropriate lay summary and explanation of the likely impact for patients must be provided. 

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

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. 

If you already hold three or more active awards from us, you are ineligible to apply this year. 

Submit an application

Applications for our named awards are made via an online application form.

Press the “Submit an application” button below to get started.

You will be directed to a diversity and inclusivity form. After you’ve completed this you will be able to access the application form. 

Applications will be screened for goodness of fit to this call, ahead of review by an independent panel which will include expert patients and awards will be made by early July 2022. 

New closing date: 12pm, Friday 10 June 2022.

For further information contact:

If you are thinking of applying for one of our named awards and have any questions, please get in touch with us before you apply so we can provide advice that may be helpful. 

Dr Aisling McMahon: 01733 367 887

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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