Diabetes Canada Research Competition
Diabetes Canada is proud to be a leading supporter of diabetes research in Canada. The End Diabetes Fund supports research to enhance our understanding of diabetes and its prevention, treatment, management, and cure. Diabetes Canada accepts funding proposals from all four pillars of health research, to ensure that we are funding the best in biomedical, clinical, health services, and/or population health research to improve the lives of people living with or at risk of diabetes and its complications.
2023 Research Competition information will be available in the spring of 2023.
It is anticipated that the online applications will be available in April and due in July, with award notifications in December 2023.
In 2023, Diabetes Canada will be awarding 20 Operating Grants. Each of the 20 awards will commit a $100,000 operating grant annually for three years. Submissions from all four pillars of health research (biomedical, clinical, health services, and population health) are welcome to submit research proposals that develop solutions aimed at the prevention, treatment, management, and finding a cure(s) for people living with diabetes.
Applications will be selected for funding based on expert review that includes a rigorous peer review process and reviews from people with lived diabetes experience. Funding decisions will be made based on the results of that scientific review process and the expert recommendations of Diabetes Canada’s National Research Council (NRC).
End Diabetes Awards - 2022 Research Competition
Diabetes Canada is proud to be a leading supporter of diabetes research in Canada.
Since 1975, Diabetes Canada has funded thousands of successful Canadian scientists, scholars, and clinicians in their quest for new and innovative developments in the prevention, treatment, and management of diabetes.
We are thrilled to announce that in 2022, Diabetes Canada funded 30 diabetes researchers who were named recipients of a Diabetes Canada End Diabetes Award. Click here to learn more about these researchers and their outstanding diabetes research projects.
Our Research Strategy
You spoke; we listened. The Diabetes Canada research strategy was built with your feedback. To shape our research strategy, Diabetes Canada gathered direct input from key stakeholders in 2021 through an in-depth survey and interview process. This year’s competition, as well as the future of our research strategy, was formed with feedback from 360 participants across Canada. The full report of input and key findings can be read here.
Diabetes Canada is committed to working together with talented researchers towards our common goal of creating a world free of the effects of diabetes.
1. What does Diabetes Canada’s research competition fund?
Since 1975, Diabetes Canada has funded thousands of successful Canadian scientists, scholars, and clinicians in their quest for new and innovative developments in the prevention, treatment, and management of diabetes. Although their research is diverse in scope, the key goals of every diabetes study and researcher remain the same—to improve the quality of life of people living with diabetes and to find a cure.
Details on the specific types of research that Diabetes Canada funds can be found here.
Information on the awardees of Diabetes Canada’s past research funding competitions can be found here.
2. What impact does Diabetes Canada’s research competition have on the research community and people living with diabetes?
Diabetes Canada supports a robust research program. Since 1975, we've supported outstanding diabetes research in Canada and administered more than $140 million in research grants, awards, and partnerships to scientists and clinicians across the country.
Our currently funded researchers are studying numerous aspects of diabetes and its prevention and care. From type 2 diabetes and obesity, to postpartum screening for people with gestational diabetes, to ending diabetic ketoacidosis in type 1 diabetes, and the artificial pancreas and more innovative technologies for the treatment of type 1 diabetes, to the study of insulin-producing beta cells, our funded researchers are working to improve the quality of life of people living with diabetes and to find a cure.
Details on Diabetes Canada’s currently funded research projects across Canada can be found here.
3. How are persons affected by diabetes included in the research competition?
Engaging people with lived experience and caregivers in Diabetes Canada’s research competition is part of a multi-phase initiative to ensure people affected by diabetes are included in all of Diabetes Canada’s mission activities.
Diabetes Canada is forming a multidisciplinary peer-review committee to review research funding applications. This review committee will consist of scientific and clinical experts, along with persons affected by diabetes (including family/caregivers), to provide the perspective of people living with diabetes. If you are interested in learning more about becoming a reviewer, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. In addition, a Patient Engagement Plan is a required component of all research funding applications.
4. Why does Diabetes Canada award Operating Grants? Is there any support available for trainees?
To shape our research strategy, Diabetes Canada gathered direct input from key stakeholders and expert input from our National Research Council and leaders from within the diabetes community. These stakeholders and leaders agreed that awarding Operating Grants is the most impactful way for Diabetes Canada to allocate our available research funds. The full report of input and key findings can be read here.
We encourage applicants to include salary support for their trainees as part of their research proposal budget.