Submit a Project

There are two Request for Application (RFA) periods annually

If you have an innovative idea for a type 1 diabetes research project, we have an innovative way of getting it funded.

Around the world, people affected by the disease are eager to find solutions for type 1 diabetes and are looking to bold, bright scientists like you for answers. We facilitate the connection between donors and scientists.

You are eligible to apply for funding if you are an early-career scientist, including any of the following: a graduate student enrolled in a Ph.D., MD, or MD/Ph.D. program, post-doctoral fellow, all the way to junior faculty (Assistant Professor or equivalent) whose research is focused on type 1 diabetes in the U.S., and provided you have not received significant NIH funding as a Principal Investigator (PI). You are eligible for funding regardless of whether you have received a pre- or post-doctoral fellowship, Career Development Award (including NIH K-series) or you are listed with any other title other than PI on an awarded research gift agreement.

Applicants should pay close attention to the following “key requirements”:

The proposed work must be completed within 1 year from the date of initial funding.

Applicants shall provide DRC with a semiannual report and a final research report, in both “scientific” and “lay terms”. DRC will share these updates on its website with donors to keep them informed regarding progress, and to promote further fund-raising activities. Investigators may edit these progress reports before they are posted on DRC’s website to protect the researcher’s ability to publish his or her results in scientific journals.

Applicants are obliged to keep DRC informed regarding any major funding they secure as a result of DRC support and shall give credit to DRC as a funding source for the research project.

There are two Request for Application (RFA) periods annually:

The first RFA is on a rolling basis starting February 1, 2022 and will be open until June 1, 2022.

RFA 2, 2022 is open from September 12th, 2022, until October 31st, 2022. Please contact DRC by email if you have any questions about the dates listed.

Funding awarded ranges from $25,000 up to $50,000 for one year. Scientists will receive 100% of the funds raised.

Approved applicants will receive half of the funds for their project within 3-6 months of applying and the other half of the funds over the span of the research project timeline. For more details about submitting your project, click FAQ’s for Applicants.



One of the fastest reviews!

Dr. Sangeeta Dhawan

University of California, Los Angeles

“It was a pleasure working with the Diabetes Research Connection. This was one of the fastest reviews!!

I thank the Diabetes Research Connection for their support, reviews and feedback. The comments on the pre-proposal were very helpful in refining and clarifying my thoughts and experimental plan, and the input provided by the Layperson Committee on my video helped me produce something with a much stronger chance of attracting potential donors. I am delighted to have received this opportunity.”

Project: “Making More and Better Insulin Producing Cells”

Dr. Todd Brusko

University of Florida

Incredibly grateful for the funding we received

“Thanks to the Diabetes Research Connection, I was able to undertake my investigation, ‘Can we engineer a patient’s immune cells to stop the autoimmune attack that causes type 1 diabetes?’ The Brusko lab is incredibly grateful for the $50,000 we received to drive this exciting research project forward.”

Project: “Nanoparticle-coupled Tregs for the Treatment of Type 1 Diabetes”


We have an innovative way of getting it funded.