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Funding schemes

We've launched two new exciting funding schemes - the Black Leaders in Diabetes Internship and PhD Studentship. Learn more about the background of these schemes.

Grant types 

Project grants

To provide support for high-quality, hypothesis-driven diabetes research projects, lasting up to five years and costing up to £500,000. 

At certain times, we open research highlight notices to welcome applications to fill priority research gaps identified by the Diabetes Research Steering Groups.  

Early-career small grants 

To enable early-career researchers to undertake small research projects or pilot studies, with the aim of enabling successful recipients to go on to secure further funding.  

Highlight notices

To call for projects that answer specific research questions identified by our Diabetes Research Steering Groups.

Strategic research calls 

To provide support for topics that have been identified by the Diabetes Research Steering Groups as priority areas, with the greatest potential to improve the lives of people with diabetes.  

Career Awards

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, doctors, GPs and members of the Allied Health Professions, who have gained a PhD or equivalent (e.g. MD (Res)). 

RD Lawrence Fellowship

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

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. Applications are invited from individuals working in a patient-facing role including, but not limited to, doctors, GPs, nurses, midwives, psychologists and dietitians.  

Black Leaders in Diabetes Internship

To provide undergraduate science students from Black backgrounds the opportunity to gain experience undertaking research within the field of diabetes in the UK.

Black Leaders in Diabetes PhD Studentship

To support science graduates from Black backgrounds to undertake a PhD within the field of diabetes in the UK and to encourage them to consider a career in scientific research.

PhD Studentship 

To enable experienced researchers to recruit outstanding science graduates to study for a PhD in the field of diabetes-related research. 

In partnership 

Co-funding opportunities

Our goal is to increase diabetes research capacity and expertise, and deliver clear benefits for people affected by diabetes. We will therefore consider co-funding applications with other funders where there is a clear link to diabetes. 

Type 1 Diabetes Grand Challenge

The Type 1 Diabetes Grand Challenge research grants provide funding for expectational scientists and projects with the greatest potential to change the lives of people with type 1 diabetes.  

Please visit the Type 1 Diabetes Grand Challenge website to find out more about the partnership and open funding calls.

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