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Funding Process, Research Committee and Review Panels

All funding decisions made on research applications we receive are informed by external peer review, followed by review and recommendations from an expert and external Research Committee and Funding Panel. This is to ensure that only research of the highest standard is supported by us.

In addition to this, we commit to ensuring that our activities have the maximum possible benefit for people with diabetes. It is with this in mind that we include people affected by diabetes in our research funding decisions.

Different funding schemes have different funding processes (PDF) and we recommend that applicants consult the individual schemes for details. We make all our funding decisions with the advice and recommendation of experts in relevant fields and, for project grants, early-career grants and targeted call applications, also with advice from people living with diabetes. We do not at present ask lay members to review fellowship or studentship applications.

Below you will find information about the role of the Research Committee, Funding Panels and Grants Advisory Panel in the reviewing and funding of grant applications.

Research Committee and Funding Panels

The members of our Research Committee and Funding Panels agree to abide by a conflict of interest policy and code of conduct.

Research Committee

Diabetes UK’s Research Committee is composed of diabetes experts, including clinical and scientific experts.

The Research Committee meets twice a year to make funding decisions on project grant and small grant applications.

Throughout the rest of the year, Research Committee members are called upon to make funding recommendations on fellowship and studentship applications.

From time to time, as needed, we also invite people with special expertise onto the Research Committee.

More information about the project and early-career small grant funding process.

Diabetes UK Research Committee

As of January 2018


  • Professor David Adams, University of Birmingham

Specialist experts:

  • Professor Kamlesh Khunti, University of Leicester
  • Professor Khalida Ismail, King’s College London
  • Professor Nishi Chaturvedi, University College London
  • Professor Mark Kearney, University of Leeds
  • Professor Gary Frost, Imperial College London
  • Professor Vivien Coates, Ulster University
  • Professor Hari Hundal, University of Dundee
  • Professor Noel Morgan, University of Exeter Medical School
  • Dr Parth Narendran, University of Birmingham
  • Professor Alan Stitt, Queen’s University Belfast
  • Professor Luigi Gnudi, King’s College London
  • Professor David Wynick, University of Bristol
  • Professor Michael Trenell, Newcastle University
  • Professor Mirela Delibegovic, University of Aberdeen
  • Professor Helen Murphy, University of East Anglia/King’s College London
  • Mrs Irene Stratton, Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  • Dr Bastiaan de Galan, Radboud University Medical Centre, Netherlands
  • Professor Nia Bryant, University of York
  • Associate Professor Richard Stevens, University of Oxford

Funding Panels

RD Lawrence, Sir George Alberti and Harry Keen Research Training Fellowships

Funding Panels that comprise appropriate members of the Research Committee, and may have co-opted expertise if required, review the RD Lawrence, Sir George Alberti and Harry Keen Research Training Fellowships.

Each panel shortlists applicants based on the criteria outlined in each scheme and on comments from external peer-reviewers. Shortlisted applicants are invited to Diabetes UK London Office for interview – applicants are interviewed based on the criteria outlined in each scheme.

The panel makes recommendations on who should receive the fellowship, before the Chair of the panel makes the final decision.

PhD studentship

The Funding Panel for PhD Studentships also comprises appropriate members of the Research Committee, and may have co-opted expertise if required.

The panel makes funding decisions based on the criteria outlined for each scheme. Applicants are not required to be interviewed.

Grants Advisory Panel (GAP)

Diabetes UK is committed to involving people living with diabetes in the research funding process.

To reflect this, we established our Grants Advisory Panel (GAP), comprised of 16 people with diabetes and carers, who alongside the Research Committee, advise on project grants, early-career small grants and targeted call applications. Their role is to reflect the collective perspective of people living with diabetes and their input directly influences the funding decisions made on research grant applications.

Prior to the Research Committee meeting, members of GAP meet to discuss and give a priority rating to all project and early-career small grant applications. Three GAP members then attend the Research Committee meeting, directly to provide feedback feedback.

GAP does not comment on the scientific quality of the application; they ensure that the research proposal is of relevance and importance to people affected by diabetes.

Please be aware that the GAP priority rating is used to lift applications that are deemed fundable but fall on the borderline of the funding budget cut-off. The priority can therefore influence whether a particular project is funded.

Applicants must take this part of the funding process into consideration, especially when they are completing the lay summary for people living with diabetes. To help GAP review your application, the lay summary must contain enough information for the panel to assess the relevance and importance of your research. It should include the project aims, plans, outcomes and patient benefits. It should also highlight how people with diabetes have been involved in the application design, delivery and/or as research participants.

Please refer to our guidance on writing a good lay summary and Patient and Public Involvement (PPI) to help you complete this section of the application form, as well as our guidance on writing a grant application.

GAP members – as of October 2018

  • Charlotte Austin
  • Jinty Moffett
  • Glynn Nash
  • Robert Nicholls
  • John Pemberton
  • Nigel Sommerville
  • John Turner
  • Clare Dowling
  • Robert Lowndes
  • Rohit Patel
  • Ron McDowall
  • Francois Tarrisse
  • Goher Ayman
  • Keith Stonell
  • Jo Slesser
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