Diabetes UK is today celebrating an overwhelming response to its biggest ever research initiative - a call for research to improve the care and treatment of people with diabetes.
The call for outline research proposals, to be funded from a special £3 million fund, closed on Friday. A staggering 85 applications totalling just under £18.5 million were received.
“We are absolutely delighted with the response," said Dr Angela Wilson, Director of Research at Diabetes UK.
"We now face the difficult task of deciding which of these research proposals to fund. Projects will be assessed on the quality of the science, their potential to make a difference to the lives of people with diabetes, and value for money.
"Sadly, with the bumper number of applications received there will undoubtedly be excellent projects that we will just not be able to afford to support within the £3 million budget.”
Diabetes UK's Research Panel will be reviewing the outline proposals shortly. Successful applicants will be invited to submit a full application by 8 November. Announcements about the projects to be funded will be made in the New Year.