Partnerships and UK-specific schemes

*NEW* JDRF UK Small Grant Awards

JDRF UK Small Grant Awards are open to basic scientists, clinicians or health professionals (including allied health professionals) within ten years post PhD or post professional qualification for healthcare professionals. These awards are open for clinical and basic research with equal priority. Preference will be given to collaborative research.

The scheme offers up to £15,000 to conduct a research project in the field of type 1 diabetes for up to 12 months. These awards aim to support preliminary work which will lead on to further research or clinical practice change. JDRF UK Small Grant Awards are not intended to top-up an existing grant but sub-studies will be considered if strongly justified.

Download the guidelines for more information, the application form to apply and the Terms and Conditions from the call for application page.

The deadline for application is 5pm on Wednesday 10 March 2021.

Connect Immune Research Lab Placement Grants

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A message from the Connect Immune Research partners

In light of the current SARS-CoV-2 virus outbreak, the Connect Immune Research partners have decided to pause this grant scheme and not accept any new applications until such a time when travel restrictions are lifted.  This scheme is an important part of our work to bring the autoimmune research community together; however, after carefully reviewing the situation, we feel that pausing this scheme is the responsible option at this time. We encourage researchers to use this time to connect virtually if possible and we are currently looking into options for how we can facilitate this.

Connect Immune Research is a partnership between JDRF, the MS SocietyVersus Arthritis and the British Society for Immunology to bring about a joined-up approach to autoimmune research. Our lab placement grants, jointly funded by all four organisations, aim to provide financial support to early-career researchers to undertake a formal placement at a selected laboratory to learn a new skill/technique or to carry out experiments essential to a project. In the spirit of Connect Immune Research, all placements should demonstrate cross-condition relevance in the field of autoimmune research to promote networking and the sharing of skills and knowledge between researchers who focus on different autoimmune conditions.

It is open to autoimmune researchers from year 2 of their PhD up to and including those with 5 years’ postdoctoral experience. Grants of up to £1,500 are available to fund an overseas placement and of up to £1,000 to fund a UK-based placement.

The application deadline for the first round of grants is Tuesday 31 March 2020.

JDRF/MRC Clinical Research Training Fellowships

We are delighted to announce a new partnership between JDRF and the MRC.  These Fellowships support clinically active professionals within the UK to undertake a higher research degree in the field of type 1 diabetes research. The scheme can also provide post-doctoral funding for applicants who achieved their PhD more than five years ago but who have not been research active since due to clinical training commitments.

Call opening: 4 November 2020
Closing date:
7 January 2021 16:00 GMT
Triage/Shortlisting: 15 May 2021
Interviews: 15 – 16 January 2021

Triage/shortlisting for the February 2020 call (April deadline) will take place 10 October 2020 with interviews to be held 17 – 18 November 2020.

Triage/shortlisting for the July 202 call (September deadline) will take place 8 February 2021 with interviews to be held 3-4 March 2021.

The application process is managed by the MRC. You can read further information on the Clinical Research Training Fellowships website.

JDRF UK Postdoctoral Fellowship Research Communication stipend

This award is intended to provide JDRF Postdoctoral Fellowships, in the UK, with additional research communication opportunities and a competitive salary rate based on the standard university salary bands in the UK.

All UK-based researchers who are awarded a JDRF Postdoctoral Fellowship are eligible for this stipend, however, please note that it is not guaranteed. We suggest that UK applicants applying for a JDRF Postdoctoral Fellowship, who wish to be considered for one of these additional stipends, should contact the UK-based research team as early in their application as possible.

The stipend is for up to £15,000 per year of the Postdoctoral Fellowship. Please be aware that the stipend is not detailed in the Fellow’s award letter from JDRF.

Once a JDRF Fellowship in the UK is approved, the UK team is notified and they will then contact the awardee directly to discuss the research communication aspects of the scheme. The skill level of the Fellow and their particular areas of interest, will be identified and specific opportunities including appropriate training/mentoring will be offered. Please note that the stipend is dependent on the Fellow’s participation in research communication events and on-going communication with the Research Communication Manager at JDRF UK.

Contact us

The UK-based research team can be contacted on 020 7713 2030, or via email at

JDRF/UK Regenerative Medicine Platform (UKRMP2)

We are delighted to announce a new partnership between JDRF and the UK Regenerative Medicine Platform. This call will support pre-clinical research projects which focus on tractable challenges on the path towards translation. The goal of the Platform is to unlock scientific knowledge and produce tools, reagents and approaches which are applicable to a broad range of diseases. Proposals with direct applicability to type 1 diabetes and multiple sclerosis are particularly encouraged, reflecting the key partnerships with JDRF and the MS Society in this call.

Please find the full details of the call here.

Funding decision: JDRF will be co-funding the project from Dr Dr Rocio Sancho, King’s College London, entitled “PEG-based hydrogels for IPSCs-Derived Regenerative Therapies for Diabetes”