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Research opportunities funded in partnership

We are the leading charitable funder of type 1 diabetes research worldwide.
Content last reviewed and updated: 19.06.2024

JDRF offers research funding opportunities in partnership with other research funders. There are opportunities in a wide range of fields including autoimmunity, cell biology, mental health and more specialised type 1 diabetes research.

Type 1 Diabetes Grand Challenge

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Following the £50 million donation to type 1 diabetes research from the Steve Morgan Foundation (SMF), we have partnered with Diabetes UK and SMF to launch the Type 1 Diabetes Grand Challenge.

This generous sum is being spread between three promising areas: research to replace beta cells, develop novel insulins, and find the root causes of type 1.

To find out more please visit the Type 1 Diabetes Grand Challenge microsite. 

If you have any questions or would like to be included on our distribution list for future Type 1 Diabetes Grand Challenge opportunities, please email

Health Inequalities in Diabetes – Diabetes UK / JDRF Highlight Notice


JDRF and Diabetes UK are delighted to partner and call applications for research addressing the issue of inequality in type 1 diabetes.

Research shows that diabetes does not affect everyone equally. Health inequalities have been widely reported in diabetes care for those from ethnic minority groups, for those who are socioeconomically disadvantaged, and for those with other protected characteristics.

For more information read the highlight notice.

Key information:

  • To support: High-quality, hypothesis-driven diabetes research project.
  • Career level: A tenured research position.
  • Funding period: Up to five years.
  • Funding amount: Up to £500,000.
  • Deadline: 2 December 2024 17:00 hrs (Committee meets May/June 2025)

For details on eligibility, and how to apply visit the health inequalities in diabetes.


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We have partnered with BBSRC and Kidney Research UK to deliver a funding call available to help bioscience research teams get out of the lab and explore the commercial potential of their research/technology.

This new opportunity is offering up to £35,000 in funding. As well as providing applicants with expert training on a 4 day bootcamp, 12-14 weeks of market discovery and support to test key market assumptions, and an exciting presentation opportunity.

The deadline for this call is 10th October 2024.

To register for the informational webinar regarding this programme, view the application guidance, or apply please visit the BBSRC ICURe Explore webpage.

JDRF / MRC Clinical Research Training Fellowships

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We have joined forces with the Medical Research Council (MRC) to fund registered diabetes healthcare professionals in the UK to undertake a PhD or to reacquire research skills.

This scheme supports clinically active healthcare professionals to undertake a higher research degree, such as a PhD or MD. It can also provide post-doctoral funding for applicants who achieved their PhD over five years ago but who have not been research active since due to clinical training commitments. The scheme provides funding for your salary and project costs for three years.

This funding opportunity is now closed, with future rounds as specified below. You can find more information about the scheme and how to apply on the UKRI funding finder.

Call opening: 6 June 2024
Closing date:
4 September 2024 16:00 GMT
Triage/Shortlisting: February 2025
Interviews: 19-20 March 2025

Future rounds open for application:

1) October 2024 – January 2025

2) February 2025 – April 2025

Daniel Doherty is the latest person to receive the award. Read more about his PhD project researching how to make islet transplants more effective.

JDRF / Novo Nordisk UK Research Foundation Fellowship

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We have teamed up with The Novo Nordisk Research Foundation to co-fund a Research Fellowship in Clinical Diabetes. The 2024 Research Fellowship is available for Type 1 Diabetes applications only.

The Fellowship is open to doctors, nurses, midwives and healthcare professionals and offers funding for three years full-time or five years part-time.

Funding will cover the directly incurred costs of the Fellow including:

  • Salary
  • Registration costs for a higher degree
  • Consumables a up to a maximum of £8,000 per annum

Research Fellowships go through a two-stage process consisting of an initial preliminary application. Applicants who are successful at the preliminary stage will be asked to submit a full application and will be asked to present their proposal to the Research Selection Committee.

In addition to funding, successful applicants will receive valuable education through training courses and individual support.

This funding opportunity is now closed. For more information, please visit the The Novo Nordisk UK Research Foundation website. To apply for the fellowship, you must be living and working in the UK and your project must be based in the UK.

Deadline for Preliminary Research Fellowship applications was 11 December 2023
Outcome of preliminary review: 31 January 2024
Deadline for Research Fellowship full applications: 19 February 2024 (on invitation only)
Shortlisted Research Fellow applicants interviews: 15 March 2024
Outcome notification: 5 April 2024

Connect Immune Research

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Connect Immune Research is a pioneering research initiative in which organisations tackling autoimmune conditions join forces to address the root causes of autoimmunity.

The call for Connect Immune Research Lab Placement Grants is now closed.
The deadline was Thursday 22 June 2023.

Connect Immune Research Lab Placement Grants offer funding for early career researchers to undertake a placement at another research organisation, in order to learn new skills and techniques. Grants of up to £1,500 are available for overseas placements and up to £1,000 for UK-based placements.

The scheme is open to researchers with an interest in autoimmunity from year two of their PhD up to and including those with five years’ postdoctoral experience. Applicants must be BSI members and based in the UK.

All placements should demonstrate cross-condition relevance to promote networking, sharing of skills and knowledge between researchers who focus on different autoimmune conditions.

Applications are considered twice a year. We will update this page when this funding call reopens. Visit the British Society for Immunology website to find more information and the application form for the lab placement grants.

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