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Research Project and Innovation Grants

Research Project and Innovation Grants 2020

We are the leading charity in the UK dedicated to funding research into kidney disease. Our ambition is for everyone to live a life free from kidney disease.

We are looking for applications that will

  • Prevent kidney disease
  • Transform treatments to replace, restore or regenerate kidneys
  • Stop, slow, reverse or repair kidney damage

Research Project Grants

These are stand-alone research projects that will advance our knowledge of kidney disease and refine current treatments or lead to new one.

  • Funding available: new higher £250,000 maximum
  • Funding period: up to three years
  • Application deadline: Thursday 5 March 2020
  • Funding decision: July 2020

Innovation Grants

These are stand-alone research studies to investigate innovative new hypotheses around kidney disease that lack any significant existing research prior to a full research project.

  • Funding available: up to a maximum of £40,000
  • Funding period: up to two years
  • Application deadline: Thursday 5 March 2020
  • Funding decision: July 2020

Additional information

In order to apply for these grants, you must live in the UK and both your project and employment must take place in the UK.

If you are applying to fund clinical research in England, using NHS resources, please be aware of requirements related to excess treatment costs.

If your application is successful, we’ll ask you for regular updates on your research and we might also ask you to speak about your research on behalf of Kidney Research UK.

Applications can be made online only through our grant management system.

View regulations and conditions.

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

How to apply for a research grant

Melissa Lopez-Anton in lab

Applying for a grant can sometimes be confusing and difficult. We have tried to make our application process as easy as possible.

Follow our simple instructions on how to make your application, use our online grants management system and how to make your application as successful as possible.

Get in touch

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

0300 303 1100

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