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SMF Type 1 Diabetes Grand Challenge

We’re partnering with JDRF and the Steve Morgan Foundation (SMF) to fund research that will drive breakthroughs in type 1 diabetes treatments and lead the race towards a cure.
Steve and Sally Morgan’s £50 million donation is the largest single philanthropic gift ever made in the UK for diabetes research. 

It will mean we can bring together research dream teams to work on bigger and bolder ideas. The goal is to develop new treatments and pave the way to a cure for type 1 diabetes which affects 400,000 people in the UK. 

The SMF Type 1 Diabetes Grand Challenge will call on scientists to come up with innovative and collaborative projects in three research areas, which you can read about below. 

Read our news story for more information and for regular updates sign up to our enewsletter.  

If you’re a researcher, we’ll be sharing more information about the calls which are expected to open later in 2022. 


The challenge: How to stop the immune system’s attack

We need new treatments to deal with type 1’s root cause — the immune system’s attack on the insulin-making beta cells.

The challenge: How to replace insulin-making beta cells

We need new and improved treatments to replace or grow back the beta cells that have been destroyed, so people with type 1 diabetes can make enough of their own insulin again.

The challenge: How to make insulin smarter

While we push towards a cure, we need next generation insulins such as those that can respond to changing blood sugar levels and eliminate highs and lows. Read more on the JDRF website.


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