Information About Our Peer-Review Process and Grants for Diabetes Research
Welcome to our frequently asked questions for reviewers page. On this page, you will find helpful information about our peer review process, grant information, and details for members of the scientific review committee. Click any of the plus signs below for answers to many of our frequently asked questions for reviewers.
We created a crowdfunding platform to connect ambitious early-career research scientists with potential donors so they could launch innovative diabetes research projects as quickly, and with as little bureaucracy, as possible.
The Diabetes Research Connection facilitates up to $50,000 in seed funding to young scientists to perform one-year-long experiments in the categories of Cure, Care, Complications or Prevention. Scientists who manage to establish proof of a concept are positioned to leverage it to apply for larger grants from major funders.
This crowdfunding model empowers donors to influence the direction of diabetes research, diabetes prevention, and a type 1 diabetes cure while providing a platform for young scientists to promote and pursue innovative ideas. Through social networking, we connect investigators with sponsors – hence the word “Connection” in our name.
Our reviewers offer valuable skills and expertise to make a meaningful contribution to the organization’s mission. If you are an established diabetes researcher, you are naturally concerned about the continuity of exploration in your field – and you know how difficult it is for young researchers to secure funding for anything beyond the most conventional projects. If you are someone who is affected by diabetes, you look at innovative investigations as a source of excitement and hope.
Applicants for Diabetes Research Connection grants are the next generation of innovators, and you have the power to make a positive impact on their future. This is your chance to leave a legacy, to make a difference. We are deeply grateful for your participation.
When Diabetes Research Connection receives a one-page Letter of Intent, we screen it for completeness and then send it electronically through our grant management system to all members of our Scientific Review Committee for a Phase 1 review.
Every member of the committee is asked to read the Letter of Intent and approve or reject it based on the quality of the basic concept.
If the proposal is approved, it proceeds to Phase 2 where the applicant is invited to submit a detailed three-page Grant Application.
In Phase 2, we select three reviewers who are specialists in the applicant’s area of investigation to independently review the Grant Application. These specialists approve or reject it based on the NOVELTY, SCIENTIFIC MERIT and FEASIBILITY of the proposed science, as well as the applicant’s ability to perform the study.
If the proposal is approved by two out of three reviewers, it is approved for funding and proceeds to Phase 3.
In Phase 3, approved grantees create a website presentation to “sell” their idea to donors. Members of our Layperson Committee – people who represent our donor demographic – work with scientists on their presentations to be sure that non-scientists can comprehend them and will be inspired to donate to them.
Your own associates, as well as personal acquaintances, are welcome to apply as long as you recuse yourself from all aspects of the decision-making process pertaining to their applications.
Whenever possible, Diabetes Research Connection will supplement funding to support deserving projects that are falling short of their fundraising goal.
In Phase 3, members of the Layperson Committee will be asked to look at and comment on website presentations and should expect to spend an hour or so on each.
All reviewers are asked to sign conflict of interest, confidentiality, and non-disclosure agreements when they join the panel.
For Members of The Scientific Review Committee
While the Specialty Advisory Panel optimizes the investigator’s research experience and outcomes, it also ensures that donors who sponsor projects based on the panel’s endorsement receive full value for their contribution.
Send any questions you have about this initiative to Christina Kalberg at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 844-484-3372.