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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 Diabetes Research Steering Groups and our Grants Advisory Panel. Both roles give you the opportunity to influence the focus of new research, and help decide where research investments are made. 

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. In particular 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
  • that are under 30 years old
  • living with, or at risk of, type 2 diabetes.

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

Diabetes Research Steering Groups (DRSGs)

The 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. They will all be happening virtually for now.

We'll be recruiting in 2022.

Grants Advisory Panel

The Grants Advisory Panel is made up of people living with diabetes. The group advise on how to spend our research budget and help scientists decide what research to fund. Over the past decade, we have committed £61.9 million to research. In 2019, we invested over £7 million across 35 research projects.

Your role

You will be reading and scoring summaries of research ideas to let us know how important they are. This helps to make sure we’re always funding research that is important to people with diabetes. 

Normally we have two to four full day meetings a year. At the moment, we are running up to six three-hour virtual meetings instead. 

We'll be recruiting in 2022.


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