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JDRF UK Small Grant Awards

Our Small Grant Awards offer funding of up to £30,000 for a maximum of 12 months, for UK-based early career researchers.
Content last reviewed and updated: 01.12.2023

Two JDRF-funded type 1 diabetes researchers looking at data on a computer screen. JDRF offers opportunities to researchers via its JDRF UK Small Grant Awards programme.

What are the JDRF UK Small Grant Awards?

Each year, through our Small Grant Awards, we offer up to £20,000 for basic research projects and £30,000 for clinical research studies, in the field of type 1 diabetes.

Are applications currently open?

The funding call for the Small Grant Awards is currently closed. When applications open for our next round of Small Grant Awards, this page will be updated with new deadlines.

Who is eligible for this funding?

This scheme is open to basic scientists, clinicians, healthcare professionals (including allied health professionals) at an early stage of their research career. We can make an allowance if your career has been subject to mitigating circumstances or interruptions for family or personal reasons.

Applicants may have received previous funding, providing you have not received any grant worth more than £100,000 as principal investigator (excluding personal fellowships).

The principal investigator must be affiliated with a UK academic or medical institution and have an employment contract, which extends beyond the termination date of the award.

What is the aim of JDRF’s Small Grant Awards?

The Small Grant Awards aim to support preliminary work or proof of concept studies, which will lead on to further research or clinical practice change. These awards are not intended to top-up an existing grant, but sub-studies will be considered if strongly justified.

What previous projects have received these small grants?

The latest three projects to receive our small grant awards range from targeting the immune attack causing type 1 through to growing new insulin-producing beta cells in the lab. Read about the latest three research projects awarded Small Grant Awards. You can also read about the first project that we awarded a Small Grant Award to back in 2021.

How do we assess the Small Grant Awards?

The scheme involves a one-step assessment process. All applications will be assessed by the JDRF UK Scientific Advisory Council (SAC) to ensure a minimum quality threshold has been passed. The SAC includes lay members with a connection to type 1 diabetes, healthcare professionals and researchers in equal numbers.

The SAC will consider the following criteria of the applications:

  • How relevant the project is to people living with type 1, their views and their needs
  • The clarity of the project question
  • The applicant’s suitability and track record
  • What impact the project will have on the applicant’s career
  • How the project will be taken forward
  • The project’s value for money

What kind of applications do we prioritise?

We give equal priority to clinical and basic research when we review the applications and give preference to collaborative research.

Success Rate

Currently 30 – 35%

Who can I contact if I have questions?

For any enquiries relating to your proposal please contact JDRF UK Research Team, at

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