JDRF UK Small Grant Awards – Call for applications

We are delighted to announce the launch of a UK specific scheme, the JDRF UK Small Grant Awards, to provide competitive funding to support small studies to generate pilot data and proof of concept.


JDRF UK Small Grant Awards offer competitive funding to support excellent proposals which meet the following:

  • new research or innovation with a clear impact pathway that has the potential to deliver significant contribution to the understanding of type 1 diabetes
  • leads on to further research or clinical practice change
  • gather critical data and resources to make novel research ideas more competitive for larger follow-on funding in the field of type 1 diabetes
  • take into consideration the views and needs of people with type 1 diabetes
  • supports the development of early career researchers (basic scientists, clinicians or healthcare professionals including allied health professionals)

Applications related to COVID-19 will not be given priority nor be treated more favourably.

JDRF UK Small Grant Awards are not intended to top-up an existing grant but sub-studies will be considered if strongly justified.

Call overview

Funder:              JDRF UK

Deadlines:      5pm, Wednesday 10 March 2021

Funding:             up to £15,000

Project length:   up to 12 months

Notification:       Monday 31 May 2021

Eligibility criteria

JDRF UK Small Grant Awards is open to basic scientists, clinicians or health professionals (including allied health professionals) within ten years post PhD or post professional qualification for healthcare professionals. Established clinicians who are more than 3 years from completion of certificate of training are not eligible. Allowance will be made for applicants whose career has been subject to an interruption for family or personal reasons.

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

The research must be carried out in the UK.

These awards are open for clinical and basic research with equal priority. Preference will be given to collaborative research.

How to apply?

Applications must be submitted on the JDRF UK Small Grant Awards application form which is available on JDRF UK website together with guidelines and Terms & Conditions.

The deadline for application is 5pm on Wednesday 10 March 2021. The application should be submitted via email to grants@jdrf.org.uk. Late applications will not be considered.

How will the application be assessed?

JDRF UK Small Grant Awards scheme involves a one-step assessment process. All applications will be assessed by JDRF 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 following criteria will be considered during the assessment of the applications:

  • Relevance of the project to people living with type 1, their views and their needs
  • Clarity of the project question
  • Applicant suitability and track record / What impact will it have on the applicant’s career
  • How will the project be taken forward?
  • Value for money

Output of the study

A written report will be requested three months after the end of the project including plans to seek further funding / develop the findings from the project. A follow up report will also be requested 18 months after the end of the project including final results, publication(s) resulting from the research and outcomes of applications for future funding or future development.

Patient and Public Involvement

We believe that involving people affected by medical conditions strengthens the quality and relevance of medical research and people living with type 1 diabetes are at the heart of what we do at JDRF UK. Therefore the views and needs of people living with type 1 diabetes should be taken in to account as well as how the project may be of benefit to people living with – or with a connection to type 1 diabetes. It is important to write a clear non-scientific summary because people with a personnel connection to type 1 diabetes are involved in the review process. There are also useful resources on INVOLVE’s website: www.invo.org.uk.

JDRFUK is a National Institute for Health Research Partner Organisation which means that clinical studies that we fund may be eligible for inclusion in the NIHR Clinical Research Network Portfolio. This allows the study team to have access to clinical infrastructure/NHS Service Support through the NIHR Clinical Research Network.


For any enquiries relating to your proposal please contact Dr Caroline Schmutz, Research Partnerships Manager, at grants@jdrf.org.uk