If you have an innovative idea for a Type 1
Diabetes Research project, we have a unique
way to get it funded.

You are eligible to apply for funding if you are an
early-career scientist in the U.S, including any of the following:

Graduate student enrolled in a Ph.D., MD, or MD/Ph.D. program

Post-doctoral fellow

Junior faculty (Assistant Professor or equivalent).

Your research must focus on Type 1 Diabetes, and you should not have received significant NIH funding as a Principal Investigator (PI). Eligibility for funding extends regardless of whether you have received a pre- or post-doctoral fellowship, Career Development Award (including NIH K-series), or if you are listed under any title 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.

DRC has scheduled three RFA (Request for Application) periods in 2024, as follows:

  1. RFA 2024-1:   Applications accepted beginning January 22, 2024, and ending February 29, 2024.
  2. RFA 2024-2:   Applications accepted beginning June 15, 2024 and ending July 15, 2024.
  3. RFA 2024-3:   Applications accepted beginning September 15, 2024 and ending October 15, 2024.

Funding awarded ranges from $25,000 up to $75,000 for one year.

Scientists will receive 100% of funds donated to their project.

One of the fastest review!

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

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


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: Making More and Better Insulin Producing Cells

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