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Diabetes UK funds diabetes and diabetes-related research through a range of funding schemes.


Through our wide-ranging research programme we work to improve the lives of people living with diabetes – by investing in research projects to explore key research questions, and investing in people to develop the best diabetes researchers for the future.


As well as supporting project grants and small grants, we offer funding for research-training opportunities in the form of PhD studentships and research fellowships to support clinicians, scientists and other medical-related health professionals at different stages in their careers.

Research strategy

Dating back to 1935, Diabetes UK has a strong track record in supporting life-changing research. We continue to fund internationally competitive and collaborative medical research to bring about real improvements for people living with all types of diabetes.

Diabetes UK’s current Research Strategy 2011–2015 underpins the charity’s three strategic priorities set by the Board of Trustees:

  1. Quality care for all
  2. Healthy lifestyle
  3. Research for a better life.

You can find out more by downloading our Research strategy and reviewing Our approach to research.

Find out more

Further details about funding schemes can be found in this section of the website, but if you have any further questions please contact the Research Department:

Email: research@diabetes.org.uk
Telephone: 020 7424 1076.