Answers to Your Questions Regarding Funding Diabetes Research and the Approval Process

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The Diabetes Research Connection gives early-career scientists the opportunity to perform innovative, new diabetes research focused on Care, Cures, Complications or Prevention.
We invite graduate students, post-docs, instructors and untenured junior faculty whose work is focused on type 1 diabetes to apply.
Private donors select projects they want to support from an array of meritorious, peer-reviewed proposals. Scientists keep their donors informed and involved throughout their diabetes investigations by sending updates via emails and posting updates on their project page on the website and in popular social media forums.
Grants are up to $70,000 for one year.

For the time being, a small group of generous donors is absorbing Diabetes Research Connection’s overhead costs related to research projects. Scientists will receive 100% of the funds raised!
Due to the small size of these grants, we limit the amount your institution takes for overhead (IDC) to 10%.

Grant amount requested: $70,000
Institutional overhead (IDC): $ 7,000
Spendable budget: $63,000

Budgets should include expenditures on salary, consumables, equipment, IDC (maximum 10%), etc.

The Diabetes Research Connection does not support travel, meeting registration fees, professional memberships or publication costs.
Some of the funds may be used for salary; if you provide evidence that your salary is fully covered by other sources, all of your funding can be used for research expenses.

Please justify equipment purchases that will exceed 10% of your budget.

All members of our Scientific Review Committee sign confidentiality agreements. However, as with projects submitted to other granting organizations such as NIH, JDRF and ADA, once you post descriptive materials on the Internet, your work is in the public domain, viewable by your colleagues and competitors. The Diabetes Research Connection does not accept any responsibility for confidential information released to the public via postings on its website, or for information submitted by scientists seeking research support.
You may want to discuss applying to Diabetes Research Connection with your Office of Technology Transfer or other advisors.
Researchers own the rights to research discoveries, subject to their agreements with their host institutions. We ask you to list Diabetes Research Connection and the names of your larger donors as sponsors in any public presentations or publications related to the project. Should a discovery ultimately derive a monetary benefit, we ask you to consider repaying the grant so it can provide support for additional innovative, early-stage research.
The application process has two phases:

PHASE 1 – Grant Application
The Diabetes Research Connection accepts Grant Applications during two Request for Application (RFA) periods annually. Applicants may have only one proposal in our grant pipeline at one time.

RFA 1 – January 1 – March 30
RFA 2 – July 1 – September 30

Your Grant Application should consist of the following:
• Hypothesis – what do you propose to do?
• Background and rationale for the project
• Experimental plan

The Grant Application is restricted to three (3) letter-size pages, single-spaced in 11 point Arial font. You should put your budget, citations, and CV in separate attachments where indicated.

We will let you know the results of your Grant Application review by June 30th for RFA 1 and December 31st for RFA 2.

PHASE 2 – Website Presentation
Your Website Presentation is the key to making the connection with donors and is crucial to your success. You will use video, imagery and text to convince lay donors that your project is exciting, interesting, and worthy of their financial support.

A Specialist Advisory Panel, comprised of selected members of the larger Scientific Review Committee who are experts in your specific area of inquiry, will review the Grant Application based on the NOVELTY, SCIENTIFIC MERIT and FEASIBILITY of the science proposed, as well as your ability to perform the study.

Members of Diabetes Research Connection’s Layperson Committee and focus groups review website presentations before they are posted to the website. These non-scientists are representative of the donor demographic and are committed to your fundraising success. Their review will provide constructive suggestions to help you come up with a presentation that is easy to understand and exciting to donors.

Approved applicants will receive one-half of the funds for their project within six months. The remaining 50% will be distributed over the timeline of the project, approximately one year.

You are strongly encouraged to send us updates so we can post them on our site and on Twitter, Facebook and other Social Media at least once a month so your sponsor(s) can follow your progress.

To keep your donors apprised of your progress, we will also ask you to submit a PROGRESS REPORT no more than 6 months after the research project is funded, and a FINAL REPORT no more than 3 months after the research project is completed.

We will provide a template reporting form and we will send a copy of your final report to your donors.

We encourage you to publish encouraging results in peer-reviewed scientific journals.

We hold every hope that your project will result in proof of a concept that you can leverage to apply for additional grants from larger funding institutions.

Regardless of outcome, every research project advances the body of knowledge, which is why Diabetes Research Connection posts ALL final reports on its website.

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If you have any questions about applying to Diabetes Research Connection,
contact Christina Kalberg at or at (844) 484-3372.