Small grants (scheme currently under review)

Description of a small grant

Small grants enable researchers to undertake small research projects or pilot studies related to diabetes. Small grants are not intended to be used for ‘top-up’ funds.

Financial support

Support may be requested for up to one year; however, longer periods of time may be requested if fully justified.

A small grant offers a maximum of £15,000 in funding.


Salaries may be requested, but should not make up the entirety of a small grant. Clinical and secretarial assistance may be provided in some cases, if essential, for the project, but must be fully justified within the application.


Applicants must have a tenured post or be able to demonstrate that they will have a salary and position at the Institution they are applying from, for the lifetime of the grant. Applicants who are current grant holders must clearly identify that this support is distinct from any current awards held.

Applications are particularly welcome from NHS consultants specialising in diabetes who are within five years of their first appointment.


The next deadline for this scheme is:

  • 1 June 2015 (Committee meets in October 2015).

Please note: The Diabetes UK Small Grant Scheme is currently under review. This review will not affect applications for the submission deadline of 1 June 2015. Further details will be published on this section of the website in due course.

If you have any questions about this Scheme in the meantime please do not hesitate to contact us at

How to apply

Please note that we have recently updated our Small grant form. We have reduced the length of the form by removing a number of questions and reducing the word count of the research proposal section to 1500 words. We advise you to familiarise yourself with the revised form when preparing your application and in advance of the deadline.

Administrative processes

Peer review

Applications will be sent out for peer review to researchers who have not published or worked in the same institution as any of the applicants for at least five years. Please consider this when suggesting reviewers in the application.

The Research Committee

Applications are sent to the Research Committee, who recommend which applications should be funded.

Assessment criteria

Applications are assessed on the following criteria:

  • Potential difference the research will make to the lives of people with diabetes.
  • Scientific excellence.
  • Track record of the applicants.
  • Value for money.