People living with diabetes are diabetes experts in their own right, whether they have the condition themselves or are a parent or carer of someone who does.
Diabetes UK draws on this expertise throughout the research-funding process by considering the experiences of people affected by diabetes, and getting their insights into the day-to-day challenges involved.
Grants Advisory Panel
One way we do this is through our Grants Advisory Panel (GAP) – 15 people with diabetes, their parents and other people who care for them. We work hard to make sure that people of different ages, backgrounds, ethnic groups and different types of diabetes from across the UK are represented in this group.
The panel comes together before each meeting of the Diabetes UK Research Committee to discuss the grant applications we have received. Members of GAP comment on each application from their own perspective, highlighting issues such as the relevance and value of the work to people living with diabetes.
Three members of the panel then provide feedback at Research Committee meetings, where points raised ;by GAP are discussed further and taken into consideration.
Overall, this robust process ensures that we spend our funds in the best possible way – on research of the highest scientific quality that has the greatest potential to improve the lives of people with diabetes.
For more detailed information about the research-funding process at Diabetes UK, please see our For researchers section.
Science and Research Advisory Group
The Diabetes UK Science and Research Advisory Group monitors our current Research Strategy and identifies and prioritises the key areas we support through our Targeted Research Fund.
To register your interest in applying to join the Science and Research Advisory Group, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Get in touch
We also actively encourage and welcome your comments and suggestions for future research topics at any time.
Please send your comments, views and ideas for research that you believe would make a difference to the lives of people with diabetes to email@example.com.
Or write in (marking your document 'Research topics') to:
Wells Lawrence House
126 Back Church Lane