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Research Project and Innovation Grants

Research project and innovation awards

We are 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 are now delighted to be able to restart our grants programmes.

We are committed to find new ways to:

  • Improve our understanding of kidney health and kidney disease
  • Detect, diagnose and treat kidney disease
  • Reduce kidney disease risk and diseases that are associated with it
  • Discover and identify ways to deliver health care.

In this new round we are particularly keen to encourage applications from new investigators who have not previously held competitively awarded project funding as a principal investigator.

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

Dr Ben Caplin at the UCL Medical School Royal Free, London

Expression of interest

We are pleased to invite expressions of interest from teams or individuals whose proposals directly address our new strategic objectives and priorities. 

Grant information

Research project grant

These awards support innovative, standalone research projects.

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

Innovation grant

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

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

Applying and 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 our research strategy objectives and priorities. 

We would be particularly interested to receive applications to support research focussed on aHUS in this round as we are keen to utilise some restricted funding. Please consider whether your work fits into this area and indicate this on your expression of interest.

We welcome research project proposals up to a maximum value of £250,000 and innovation ideas up to a maximum of £40,000. All submissions will be ranked on merit and the potential to deliver against the research strategy rather than cost. 

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

Selected applicants will be invited to submit a full application for a Research Project or Innovation grant in due course. This invitation is no guarantee of further funding which will be competitively awarded. Only applications invited to the second stage will be considered. Applicants will be notified by 28 June 2021 if they are invited for a full application to be submitted by 2 August 2021. 

We welcome pre-submission enquiries. You can find more information about our grants in our regulations and conditions.

For further information contact:

For more information or if you have any questions, get in touch with our Research Operations Team:

Dr Aisling McMahon: 01733 367 887

Elaine Davies: 01733 367 835

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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