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Information for researchers

We are the leading charitable funder of type 1 diabetes research worldwide. Explore current funding opportunities, free resources for type 1 diabetes researchers and information about how to involve people with type 1 in your research.
Content last reviewed and updated: 15.08.2023

A JDRF-funded type 1 diabetes researcher looking through a microscope in the lab

Globally, we have invested over £2 billion in research to date and are currently funding more than 400 research projects and 50 clinical trials. JDRF has several funding opportunities available that address our mission to cure, treat and prevent type 1 diabetes.

Who do we fund?

  • UK researchers
  • International researchers
  • Early career researchers
  • Established diabetes researchers
  • Wider autoimmunity researchers
  • PhD applicants

Our current research funding opportunities

We offer a range of grants, including postdoctoral fellowships and career development awards, as well as grants we co-fund in partnership with other organisations. Find out about our current research funding opportunities that are open for applications.

How can I apply for JDRF funding?

Researchers can apply for JDRF funding via our electronic application system on the JDRF Grant Center. Learn how to apply for a JDRF grant, including information about our application review process and the Charity Research Support Fund. 

Resources for type 1 diabetes researchers

Browse our free collection of resources for type 1 diabetes researchers, including toolkits, biobanks and databases to help you conduct your research. This page contains information for those with or without current funding from JDRF.

What else can we offer you?

Thanks to our highly engaged audience, we can support you to involve people with lived experience in your research and may also be able to help you promote it. Learn more about what JDRF can offer type 1 diabetes researchers, such as research communication support and training for early career fellows.

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Two JDRF-funded type 1 diabetes researchers looking at data on a computer screen

Current research funding opportunities

We have many funding schemes for researchers working on type 1 diabetes and its complications. Our opportunities cover all career levels and specialisms.

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A scientist in the lab working on novel insulins as part of treatment research for type 1 diabetes

Our international research

Explore our Grant Center portal to discover JDRF-funded research that is already taking place around the world.

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A type 1 diabetes researcher on Dr Rocio Sancho's team, working in the lab

Our research in the UK

Learn more about the JDRF-funded research across prevention, treatment and cures that is already happening in the UK.