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Research Grants

Now in its fourth year, we are proud to re-advertise the clinical grant funding scheme from The Diabetes Care Trust and The Association of British Clinical Diabetologists for high quality clinically based studies costing up to £50,000 relating to the management and care of people with diabetes. Applicants should be in the early stages of their career. The funding scheme will allow access to additional support from the NIHR Clinical Research Networks for research projects, and will also consider projects relating to education and service evaluation.

Who is eligible? 

  • Early career researchers for example doctors within 5 years of becoming a consultant without a personal fellowship and not having received awards of £50,000 or more in grant funding previously. 
  • Any Allied Healthcare Professionals 
  • Any post PHD students up to 5 years since completion of studies. 

How to apply

Start by downloading and completing the Grant Application PDF form. You will be required to upload your completed form and all supporting documents when you complete our online application form

Apply Here

DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS: Monday 3rd June 2024 - 5:00pm 


Please view frequently asked questions 

Grant Committee

  • Susan Wong (Chair), Cardiff School of Medicine
  • Steve Bain: University of Swansea
  • Ketan Dhatariya: Norfolk & Norwich University Hospital
  • Mark Evans: Cambridge University Hospital 
  • Ben Field: University of Surrey 
  • Claire Gillies: University of Leicester
  • Rajna Golubic: Oxford Centre for Diabetes, Endocrinology and Metabolism 
  • Petra Hanson: Warwick Medical School
  • Iskandar Idris: University of Nottingham
  • Shivani Misra: Imperial College London 
  • Parth Narendran: University of Birmingham
  • Katharine Owen: Churchill Hospital Oxford
  • Dimitris Papamargaritis: Leicester Diabetes Centre, University of Leicester.
  • Emma Wilmot: University Hospitals of Derby and Burton NHS Foundation Trust
  • PPI Members

Grant recipients


Lead Applicant: Dr Gordon Sloan, University of Sheffield 

Title of Project: Investigating the efficacy of cerebral bioenergetics as a biomarker for neuropathic pain in diabetic peripheral neuropathy

Lead Applicant Dr Lauren Quinn, University of Birmingham 

Title of Project: Testing the acceptability of adult screening for type 1 diabetes.

Read Research Grant awardee Gordon's interview.


Lead Applicant: Dr. Rajna Golubic, Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Title of Project: Using routine clinical data from hospital records to improve detecting and managing glucocorticoid-induced diabetes


Lead Applicant: Dr Hood Thabit, Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust

Title of project: Automated Fully Closed-Loop Insulin Delivery in Type 1 Diabetes with Ultra-Rapid Lispro (ACOLYTE Study)

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