How does our approach work?
We offer support to scientists and healthcare professionals working at universities and hospitals throughout the UK. Our funding pays for salaries as well as the equipment and materials needed to carry out diabetes research.
Researchers request our support by completing an application form through our online portal. Each application is assessed (or ‘peer reviewed’) by independent experts from around the world, who consider the feasibility, cost-effectiveness and likely success of the proposed research.
Each reviewer must be a senior researcher and have expertise in an area relevant to the application. To make sure this process is fair and impartial, we do not accept reviews where there are ‘conflicts of interest’, such as where an applicant and reviewer have worked together in the recent past.
Twice a year our Research Committee of UK diabetes experts meets to discuss each application and make recommendations to the charity’s Board of Trustees about which proposals to support. They draw on a minimum of three peer review reports, the priorities assigned by our Grants Advisory Panel and the applications themselves to reach their decisions.
Applications for Diabetes UK personal awards are considered separately by smaller panels of appropriate experts chosen from our Research Committee.