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How to apply for a research grant

Electronic Application System

For all JDRF schemes, apart from the UK-Specific Opportunities, the application, review and award process is centralised through our office in New York.

Information on how to apply via our on-line system can be accessed here.

Application Review Process

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Decisions on funding are based on the quality, mission relevance, and priority of the proposed research. We encourage submission of innovative, high-risk/high-reward, field-changing research proposals to accelerate its mission. Find out more about JDRF research strategy to ensure that your application fits our mission and current prioritiesIn addition to the process below, generally, applications undergo a pre- review process.

JDRF has passed the AMRC Peer Review Audit, a hallmark of quality research funding.

Administration check

The first hurdle applications have to pass is an ‘administration’ check. Applications that are not completed properly, don’t meet JDRF requirements or don’t fit in with our overall strategy are eliminated first. This initial triage is carried out by JDRF scientific and administrative staff. Feedback will be provided to the applicants, on demand, whether the application is triaged out or goes to the next stage.

Stage 1

At stage 1 the Core Program Teams (CPT) carry out the first review. The CPTs are made of the scientists responsible for a smaller focus area with JDRF’s priority areas (i.e. artificial pancreas, beta cell regeneration, etc.). The name of the scientists responsible for each call for application can be found in the call text itself. It is at this stage that the CPTs call on external reviewers (independent from JDRF) to advise them on most applications. All applications for larger amounts of funding, all clinical studies and all opportunities involving companies are reviewed in this way.

The research review committees (formed of the external reviewers) review the applications and other material, write critiques and discuss the proposals in a meeting (conference call). The outcome of the meeting goes to the relevant CPT for approval.

To assess the scientific merit and validity of any proposal, the following criteria are considered:

  • Scientific validity and merit of proposed research
  • Technical feasibility of proposed research
  • Significance of the research:
    • Impact on accelerating discovery, development, or evaluation of type 1 diabetes therapeutics
    • Potential translation to human type 1 diabetes
    • Addressing a critical research gap
  • Innovation:
    • Potential for change in a paradigm
    • Potential for a seminal discovery
    • Novel approaches to solving a problem
  • Ability to complete the research in the funding period

After obtaining approval from the relevant CPT, the proposal moves to the next stage.

Stage 2

The applications that make it past stage 1 are then looked at by the Cure/Improving Lives (C/I) senior management team. The C/I team comprises JDRF entire research department. This scientific team decides on how each application fits in with JDRF research strategy and our specific research goals. This team is particularly interested in projects that can be developed into real therapies fastest. Additional criteria for review include:

  • Relevance of the proposed research to our overall goals
  • Relevance of the proposed research to specific research priorities
  • Relevance of the proposed research in complementing our existing project portfolio

To gain C/I approval, proposals require approval from a majority of the Vice Presidents.

Upon C/I approval, proposals move to the next stage

Stage 3

If the application makes it to stage 3, the final decision on whether a project gets funded rests with the JDRF president (for projects with smaller budgets) or, for all other projects, with the executive research committee of our international board of directors (the majority of this committee are lay people).

Contact us

The UK-based research team can be contacted on 020 7713 2030, or at info@jdrf.org.uk. Alternatively, the contact details for JDRF’s Scientific and Grant Administration staff can be accessed here.

JDRF UK Small Grant Awards review process

JDRF UK Small Grant Awards scheme involves a one-step assessment process. All applications will be assessed by 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 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

The SAC review the applications and other material submitted, write critiques and discuss the proposals in a meeting. The SAC decision will be ratified through JDRF UK’s financial governance processes.

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