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Paediatric research grant

We're the largest charity dedicated to kidney research in the UK and our paediatric research grants are now part of our hybrid grants round two.  

We are continuing our commitment to paediatric research by focusing on improving the early diagnosis, care and treatment of children at risk of, or living with, kidney disease. These grants are jointly supported through our partnership with the Stoneygate Trust.   

Part of our strategy is to continue to support and enable research into paediatric kidney problems. We invite research ideas focusing on paediatric renal research covering one or more of the following:  

Clinical research that focuses on:  

  • the diagnosis, natural history, epidemiology or treatment of children who have diseases of the kidney or urinary tract  
  • the prenatal origins of childhood kidney or urinary tract diseases 
  • the impact on adult health of kidney or urinary tract diseases with an onset in childhood or the prenatal period.

Laboratory research that seeks to understand:  

  • the causes of, and find potential new treatments for, childhood kidney and/or urinary tract diseases  
  • how the kidney and/or urinary tract normally forms, grows and matures before and after birth.

Expression of interest information

We are pleased to invite expressions of interest from teams or individuals whose ideas offer the potential to address these specific areas of focus.  

Research proposals for research project and innovation grants are invited.  

Types of grants available

Research project grant:

These awards support innovative, standalone research projects.

  • Funding available: up to £250k
  • Funding period: three years maximum

Start-up grant:

These awards are to support new areas of clinical or scientific research where initial pilot/supporting data is required.

  • Funding available: up to £40k
  • Funding period: over two years maximum

We only consider one application 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 20212

Submitting your application

and information on what happens next

All received submissions will undergo strategic assessment, using both scientific and lay summaries to assess each, taking into consideration how closely the proposal matches the ambitions and themes of this call. 

Selected applicants will be invited to submit a full grant application. This invitation is no guarantee of further funding, which will be competitively awarded following full scientific and lay review. Only applications invited to the second stage will be considered.  

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

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

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

For further information contact:

Get in touch for more information or if you have any questions:

Elaine Davies: 01733 367835

Emma Shilling: 01733 367837

What difference can funding make to you?

"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

Dr Soma Meran

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