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Apply for a Diabetes UK research grant

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Diabetes UK offers several different types of funding - you can read more about each type in this section, and then use ourgeneral guidelinesfor more information on how to apply. 

You can also contact the Research Team for information and advice, at research@diabetes.org.uk.

How to apply for a grant

It is mandatory that all applications are submitted through the online grants application portal.

Read ourresearch grants management system user guideandtips on writing a research grant applicationfor information on how to submit an application through the online portal.

If you have any questions about the online portal please contact the Research Team at research@diabetes.org.uk.

Apply for a Diabetes UK research grant through our online portal

Please note: You must allow enough time to complete the approval process - all signatories must have approved your application before the specified funding round deadline.


Grant types

  • Project grants

    To provide support for diabetes research projects for up to five years.To provide support for diabetes research projects for up to five years.
  • Early-Career Small grants

    To enable researchers to undertake small research projects or pilot studies for a maximum of 12 months and £15,000.To enable researchers to undertake small research projects or pilot studies for a maximum of 12 months and £15,000.
  • Equipment grants

    This scheme is now closed.This scheme is now closed.
  • Harry Keen Intermediate Clinical Fellowship

    To allow outstanding medically qualified professionals, and other clinically qualified professionals to establish themselves as independent researchers, with a view to a long-term career as a clinical research leader in the field of diabetes. This includes nurses, pharmacists and members of the Allied Health Professions, who have gained a PhD or equivalent (e.g. MD (Res).To allow outstanding medically qualified professionals, and other clinically qualified professionals to establish themselves as independent researchers, with a view to a long-term career as a clinical research leader in the field of diabetes. This includes nurses, pharmacists and members of the Allied Health Professions, who have gained a PhD or equivalent (e.g. MD (Res).
  • Sir George Alberti Research Training Fellowship

    To enable graduates currently working in the NHS to study for a PhD or MD in diabetes research and develop a career in research.To enable graduates currently working in the NHS to study for a PhD or MD in diabetes research and develop a career in research.Applications are invited from individuals working in a patient-facing role including, but not limited to, doctors, nurses, midwives, psychologists and dietitians. It is our intention for this scheme to be as inclusive as possible.Applications are invited from individuals working in a patient-facing role including, but not limited to, doctors, nurses, midwives, psychologists and dietitians. It is our intention for this scheme to be as inclusive as possible.
  • RD Lawrence Fellowship

    To provide personal support enabling postdoctoral researchers to establish their independence in diabetes research.To provide personal support enabling postdoctoral researchers to establish their independence in diabetes research.
  • PhD Studentship

    To enable experienced researchers to recruit outstanding science graduates to study for a PhD in the field of diabetes-related research.To enable experienced researchers to recruit outstanding science graduates to study for a PhD in the field of diabetes-related research.
  • IDia – Innovators in Diabetes Training Programme

    IDia is a fully funded three-year training programme open to up to six early-career-stage researchers per year. The aim of the programme is to create a vibrant diabetes research network of basic and clinical researchers, to forge collaborations and to provide crucial skills training.IDia is a fully funded three-year training programme open to up to six early-career-stage researchers per year. The aim of the programme is to create a vibrant diabetes research network of basic and clinical researchers, to forge collaborations and to provide crucial skills training.The programme involves the attendance of a residential weekend once a year over a three-year period.The programme involves the attendance of a residential weekend once a year over a three-year period.

Targeted research

From time to time, Diabetes UK makes calls for research in a specific area of diabetes. Details of these calls will be posted online, and advertised in Diabetes UK publications and scientific and medical press, as they arise.

In the past, Diabetes UK have had targeted research calls in the following areas:

  • Improving the day to day management of diabetes;
  • Novel interventions for complications of diabetes;
  • Overcoming barriers to good diabetes care and/or supported self-management
  • Very low calorie diets;
  • Immunotherapeutic approaches for the prevention or treatment of Type 1 diabetes.

Co-funding opportunities

Recognising the importance of a mixed economy in funding, Diabetes UK encourages and will consider co-funding an application with other research funders where the proposal presents a clear link to diabetes. Our goal is to increase diabetes research capacity, expertise and deliver clear patient benefits.

If you consider your research to be of interest to Diabetes UK and other funders and would like to apply for co-funding, please contact the Diabetes UK Research Team in advance of submitting your application.  Please consider the following:

  • Funders have different processes and timelines for funding and it is therefore important to approach Diabetes UK at the earliest point when you start thinking about your research so that we can consider the request, approach the other funder(s), and review our processes against the other funder(s) processes
  • At times, funder processes are out of sync so it might be difficult to consider jointly funding an application. Often, we are approached too late by researchers or other funders to consider co-funding an application 
  • If co-funding is agreed, Diabetes UK, the other funder(s) or sometimes all funders will want to take the lead to manage the application review process.  This will be dicsussed by all funders and a suitable approach will be agreed. 

Things to consider

Grant conditions

When applying for a grant please make sure that you read our grant conditions and intellectual property and revenue-sharing agreement. Please make sure that all applicants and the involved institutions are able to agree to accept and adhere to thegrant conditionsandintellectual property and revenue-sharing agreementbefore making your application.

Involving people with diabetes

Diabetes UK is committed to reflecting the views of people living with diabetes in our decision-making processes. As such, the Grants Advisory Panel (GAP), a panel of people with diabetes and their carers review all project and early-career small grant applications. GAP do not at present review fellowship or studentship applications. 

We believe that involving people affected by diabetes at all stages of research produces higher quality, more relevant research. The research application guidelines have been produced in collaboration with GAP.  We recommend that;

• Applicants obtain the perspective of people affected by the condition when developing their application, to help guarantee the best chance of success;

• Applicants ensure the application has been reviewed by people living with diabetes.

To find out how you can involve people with diabetes in the development of your grant application, please visit ourPatient and Public Involvement (PPI) page.

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