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We are not alone in our mission to eradicate type 1 diabetes. Find funding opportunities for research into type 1 diabetes and its complications that are available from other funders.
Content last reviewed and updated: 01.05.2024

Open research funding calls

Diabetes specific opportunities


Non-diabetes specific opportunities

Use of Digital Health Technologies in Clinical Investigations to Support Drug and Biological Product Development (U01) Clinical Trials Optional

The purpose of this funding opportunity is to address topics related to the use of digital health technologies (DHTs) for remote data acquisition in clinical investigations to support drug development.

The objectives of these projects are to advance DHTs for clinical drug development, expand the ability to capture early manifestations of chronic diseases, determine outcomes in populations with unmet medical needs and enhance convenience for trial participants by allowing for remote data acquisition in clinical investigations.

This funding call closes on 20 May 2024.

Find out more information about this opportunity on the NIH website.

Programme Development Grants – Competition 39

Programme Development Grants are available for researchers to undertake preparatory work to develop a future programme of research (Stream A). PDGs are also available for researchers to develop and enhance the quality and value of an ongoing or recently completed Programme Grants for Applied Research (PGfAR) award (Stream B).

This funding opportunity closes on the 22 May at 1pm. Visit the NIHR website to find out more.

Invention for Innovation – Product Development Awards

The i4i Product Development Awards (PDA) supports collaborative research and development of medical devices, in vitro diagnostic devices and high-impact patient-focused digital health technologies for use in the NHS or social care systems.

This funding opportunity closes at 1pm on 29 May 2024.

Visit the NIHR website to find out more about this opportunity.

Advanced Clinical and Practitioner Academic Fellowship (ACAF)

The NIHR ACAF supports post-doctoral researchers to develop their academic career while developing their health or care career. It is part of the ICA programme.

This funding call closes on 30 May 2024 at 1pm.

To find out more please visit the NIHR website.

Research for Patient Benefit – Competition 54

The NIHR Research for Patient Benefit (RfPB) programme is inviting stage 1 applications for research proposals that are concerned with the day-to-day practice of health service staff, and that have the potential to have an impact on the health or wellbeing of patients and users of the NHS.

As a researcher-led programme, RfPB does not specify topics for research but instead encourages proposals for projects that address a wide range of health service issues and challenges.

The programme aims to fund high quality quantitative and qualitative research with a clear trajectory to patient benefit. It particularly encourages applications that have a strong element of interaction with patients and the public and that have been conceived in association with a relevant group of service users.

This competition closes at 1pm on the 10 July 2024.

Find out more about this opportunity on the NIHR website.

NIHR Advanced Fellowship

The NIHR Advanced Fellowship is a postdoctoral Fellowship aimed at anyone with a PhD who hasn’t yet been appointed to a professorial post. The Advanced Fellowship supports individuals undertaking research in any scientific discipline or sector that can demonstrate a contribution to improving health and/or care.

Applications from people undertaking research in the following areas are welcome:

  • social care
  • mental health
  • public health
  • health data science
  • knowledge mobilisation
  • multiple long-term conditions

The deadline for this funding call is the 11 July 2024.

Find out more about this opportunity on the NIHR website.

Doctoral Fellowship

The NIHR Doctoral Fellowship is a three year full-time award that supports individuals to undertake a PhD in an area of research within the NIHR’s remit for personal awards.

The deadline for this funding call is the 18 July 2024.

Find out more about this opportunity on the NIHR website.

24/39 EME Programme researcher-led

The Efficacy and Mechanism Evaluation (EME) Programme funds ambitious studies evaluating interventions that have the potential to make a step-change in the promotion of health, treatment of disease and improvement of rehabilitation or long-term care.

Applications are sought for research into the efficacy and/or mechanism of interventions that are based in or used by the National Health Service (NHS) and its partners.

The deadline for this funding call is 1pm on 20 August 2024.

Find out more about this opportunity on the NIHR website.

24/40 NIHR James Lind Alliance Priority Setting Partnerships rolling call

The Efficacy and Mechanism Evaluation (EME) Programme is accepting Stage 1 applications to this funding opportunity. The programme recognises the importance of the research priorities identified by the James Lind Alliance (JLA) Priority Setting Partnerships (PSP) and are interested in receiving high-quality applications which address them.

The NIHR are looking to receive applications for research studies addressing JLA PSPs’ research priorities, rather than to conduct a PSP itself.

This funding call for applications closes at 1pm on the 20 August 2024.

Find out more about this opportunity on the NIHR website.

24/41 NIHR NICE rolling call

The Efficacy and Mechanism Evaluation Programme is accepting Stage 1 applications to this funding opportunity. The programme is interested in receiving applications to meet recommendations in research identified in NICE guidance that has been published or updated since 2015.

Proposals must be within the remit of the EME Programme and the primary outcome measure must be health related. This call is also open in the Health Technology Assessment (HTA)Health and Social Care Delivery Research (HSDR) and Public Health Research (PHR) programmes for proposals which fall within the remit of those programmes – applicants should apply directly to the relevant programme.

This funding call for applications closes at 1pm on the 20 August 2024.

Find out more about this opportunity on the NIHR website.

24/20 NIHR Application Development Award for Health and Care Professionals

NIHR are seeking to commission up to ten Application Development Awards (ADA) to carry out development work prior to research applications, with a requirement for applicant teams to involve Health and Care Professionals (HCP).

Through these ADAs and other HCP specific initiatives, we are offering more opportunities for HCPs (excluding doctors and dentists) to develop as highly skilled researchers and research leaders, and to move towards a more multi-professional approach to addressing the health and care challenges of today and the future.

This funding call for applications closes at 1pm on the 26 September 2024.

Find out more about this opportunity on the NIHR website.


UK organisations funding type 1 diabetes research

The Type 1 Diabetes Grand Challenge, a partnership between JDRF, Diabetes UK and the Steve Morgan Foundation, is funding research in three key areas which have the most potential to improve the lives of people with type 1 and lead to cures. The three areas are: new types of insulin, creating new beta cells and stopping the immune attack from taking place.

Diabetes Care Trust, in collaboration with the Association of British Clinical Diabetologists, offers funding of up to £50,000 for high quality clinically based studies.

The Diabetes Research and Wellness Foundation awards research fellowships and pump priming awards for research related to causes, cures or complications of diabetes.

Diabetes UK funds research into all types of diabetes, including type 1.

The Novo Nordisk UK Research Foundation offers research grants and fellowships to support all types of diabetes research.

UK organisations funding research into diabetes complications

British Heart Foundation and Diabetes UK offer joint funding to support substantial research projects with relevance to both cardiovascular disease and diabetes.

Fight for Sight funds research to encourage and support research that helps increase our understanding of how sight loss co-exists with other long-term conditions including diabetes, inflammatory conditions and Alzheimer’s disease.

Kidney Research UK offers funding for chronic kidney disease and diabetes.

Moorfields Eye Charity is working in partnership with Diabetes UK, Fight for Sight and the Macular Society to launch a call for applications for research which seeks to reduce the risk of sight loss in people living with diabetes.

Sight Research UK funds eye research to provide new and more effective solutions for patients – be it in diagnosis, prevention or treatment.

UK medical research funders

Large research grants

UK Research and Innovation offers funding relevant to type 1 diabetes researchers through the Future Leaders Fellowships Scheme and through the individual Research Councils (see below for details).

Medical Research Council funds research at the forefront of science to prevent illness, develop therapies and improve human health.

Biotechnology and Biological Science Research Council invests to push back the frontiers of biology and deliver a healthy, prosperous and sustainable future.

Economic and Social Research Council offers funding for economic, social, behavioural and human data science.

Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council funds engineering and physical sciences for UK capability to benefit society and the economy.

Innovate UK is the UK’s national innovation agency supporting business-led innovation in all sectors, technologies and UK regions.

National Institutes for Health Research funds, enables and delivers world-leading health and social care research that improves people’s health and wellbeing, and promotes economic growth.

Academy of Medical Sciences offers grants to support the careers of the next generation of biomedical and health researchers.

Action Medical Research funds research focused on child health including problems affecting pregnancy, childbirth, babies, children and young people.

The Health Foundation funds research and policy analysis work to shine a light on how to make successful change happen.

Medical Research Foundation provides support for research grants, infrastructure and equipment grants, fellowships and studentships, skill-sharing and collaborations, and the dissemination of research results. MRF are not restricted in having to support a particular disease area or institution.

Medical Research Scotland is Scotland’s largest independent medical research charity committed to encouraging and supporting promising individuals at the start of their research careers, through the award of doctoral studentships but also through support for undergraduates and scientists returning after a career break.

Royal Society provides grants to high quality UK scientific researchers with the aim of fostering collaboration between UK-based and overseas scientists.

Rosetrees Trust’s focuses on testing new ideas across the spectrum of medical research to bring the earliest patient benefit.

Wellcome is a global charitable foundation, supporting discovery research into life, health and wellbeing.

Small research grants

Biochemical Society offers a programme of grants for all career stages supporting research, attendance at scientific conferences, and the sponsorship of events.

British Society for Immunology supports the work of BSI members in the form of grants, awards and prizes.

British Society of Neuroendocrinology aims to promote research and learning into the interplay between the endocrine and nervous systems that control important body processes.

British Society for Paediatric Endocrinology and Diabetes offers a limited number of small project grants that are intended either to promote and support academic research by its members, or promote and support educational projects or surveys.

Society for Endocrinology offers support for members to attend scientific conferences, visit other labs and clinics, fund undergraduate summer placements, support early career projects or develop public engagement initiatives.

International organisations offering funding for type 1 diabetes research

American Diabetes Association provides funding to support innovative scientific discovery that translates to better treatment, healthier lives, and eventual cures for all types of diabetes.

Diabetes Research Connection brings early-career scientists and donors together to fund research aimed to prevent, cure and better care for those with type 1 diabetes.

European Foundation for the Study of Diabetes offers support in all areas of diabetes research through a wide range of joint and stand-alone initiatives.

Global Alliance for Chronic Diseases brings together major international research funding agencies specifically to address the growing burden of noncommunicable diseases in lower-middle income countries and vulnerable populations in high-income countries.

National Institutes of Health run a Special Statutory Funding Program for Type 1 Diabetes Research, or Special Diabetes Program, which supports research on the prevention and cure of type 1 diabetes and its complications.

World Diabetes Foundation funds projects devoted to improving diabetes care and prevention in low-and middle-income countries.

International funding for UK based Medical Research

Although the UK has left the EU, you will continue to receive any EU funding you’ve already been awarded. This includes funding awarded through all Horizon Europe calls that close on or before the 31st of March 2023.  For more information, please see the UKRI Horizon Europe Guarantee funding

Horizon Europe  is an EU research and innovation programme, which aims to facilitate collaboration and strengthen the impact of research and innovation in developing, supporting and implementing EU policies while tackling global challenges. The programme has a budget of 95.5 billion euro and runs until 2027. The UK government intends to associate to Horizon Europe; therefore, UK scientists, researchers and businesses will be able to access funding under the programme on equivalent terms as organisations in EU countries. The EU is still in the process of formalising the UK’s association, but UK-based applicants can apply, and do not need to wait for the EU to formalise association.

European Research Council funds creative researchers of any nationality and age, to run projects based across Europe.

National Institutes of Health is the largest public funder of biomedical research in the world, investing more than $32 billion a year to enhance life, and reduce illness and disability.

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