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Your chance to guide diabetes research

tell us your views on diabetes research

By sharing your first-hand experience of living with or caring for someone with diabetes in our groups, you can be sure that the research funded by us and others produces the breakthroughs in care, treatment and prevention important to you and your community. 

We are currently recruiting members for two different groups:

  • The Grants Advisory Panel gives you the opportunity to influence the focus of new research, and help decide where research investments are made
  • The Science and Research Advisory Group allows you to make recommendations to the Board of Trustees on areas in which the charity should focus its research effort and ensure that we are delivering on goals set out in our research strategy.

These groups are a way to be heard by key players in research. It is vital they are made up of people with a wide range of experiences to make sure research benefits as many people as possible.

Who do we want to hear from?

We want to hear from members of communities that have been underrepresented in these groups, including people: 

  • from Bangladeshi, Pakistani, Indian, Black African, Black Caribbean communities
  • who are under 30 years old
  • who are living with, or at risk of, type 2 diabetes
  • who are the parent of a child with diabetes, or caring for someone living with diabetes
  • who are living with a rare form of diabetes .

Please note that for the Science and Research Advisory Group, we are specifically looking to hear from people with type 2 diabetes.

Find out more about each role below, or email for more information. 

Grants Advisory Panel

The Grants Advisory Panel (GAP) is made up of people living with or at risk of diabetes, and parents/carers of someone with diabetes. The group advise on how to spend our research budget and help the Research Committee decide what research to fund. In 2021, we invested over £6.6 million across 33 research projects.

Your role

You will be reading and scoring plain English summaries of research ideas and deciding if the research could positively impact people living with or who are at risk of diabetes. You will also look at how the researchers plan to involve people with or at risk of diabetes in the development, undertaking and management of their research. As part of this role, you will join a network of other GAP members to discuss your views on the research ideas collectively. GAP helps to make sure we’re always funding research that is important to people with or at risk of diabetes. 

GAP are required to meet twice a year for our main research funding rounds, with opportunities to also be involved in the process for career and strategic research funding throughout the year. At the moment, due to the pandemic, we are running a mix of virtual and in-person meetings.  We will work with GAP members to develop a model for meetings that works for everyone.

Our recruitment round is now open (deadline 25 July 2022).

Please complete our Volunteer Application form and return this to our Research team at, or by post. For more information, you can read the GAP role description (PDF, 137 KB) and Terms of Reference (PDF, 547 KB). 

Science and Research Advisory Group 

Your role

The Science and Research Advisory Group (SRAG) is made up of researchers, healthcare professionals and people living with diabetes and parents of a child with diabetes. Your role as an Expert by experience member (lay member) of SRAG will be advising the Director of Research and the Board of Trustees on matters relating to science and research from the perspective of a person with experience of diabetes, that will affect the development and implementation of the Charity’s research strategy. You will also promote and encourage research into all aspects of diabetes relevant to the Charity.

SRAG meet for two full-day meetings a year held in April and September, with short ad hoc virtual meetings when necessary. 

Our recruitment round is now open (deadline 25 July 2022). Please note that for SRAG, we are specifically looking to hear from people with type 2 diabetes.

Please complete our Volunteer application form and return this to our Research team at, or by post. For more information, you can read the SRAG role description (PDF, 132 KB) and Terms of Reference (PDF, 125 KB). 

Other ways to get involved

Diabetes Research Steering Groups

The Diabetes Research Steering Groups (DRSGs) bring together researchers, healthcare professionals and people with first-hand experience of diabetes to talk openly to work out what research needs to happen to improve people’s lives. Once they know what needs to be done, they figure out how to advance and improve research in that area. For example, they might change how a trial is run so it is easier to take part in or go to research funders and get them to invest in important areas that have been overlooked in the past.

Your role

To share your experiences of diabetes to inform discussions and guide decisions. As a member you can talk also represent the thoughts and experience of other people living with or affected by diabetes in the wider community. We will support you to reach out to other people living with diabetes if you want to.

The group meets four to six times a year, and meetings are three to six hours long. The groups aim to meet for one in-person meeting, with all others taking place virtually.

We'll be recruiting in 2023.

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