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Research paediatric round

Paediatric research grant

We're the largest charity dedicated to kidney research in the UK. Along with many medical research charities, our ability to fund new research last year was severely impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic. We're delighted to be able to restart our grants programmes this year.  

Our fourth paediatric round since our merger with Kids Kidney Research in 2017 continues our commitment in paediatric research to improve the early diagnosis, care and treatment of children at risk of or living with kidney disease. This round is jointly supported through our partnership with the Stoneygate Trust.  

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

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.  

We will only consider one application type per applicant, even if you have several research ideas. 

Types of grants available

Research project grant:

These awards support innovative, standalone research projects.

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

Innovation 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

Expression of interest deadline: 5pm, Monday 25 October 2021 

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 Monday 8 November 2021 if they are invited for a full application, and these must be submitted by Wednesday 15 December 2021. 

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, Monday 25 October 2021 

For further information contact:

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

Emma Shilling: 01733 367837

Elaine Davies: 01733 367835

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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