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ABCD Diabetes Dragons' Den Funding Scheme

The Association for British Clinical Diabetologists (ABCD) is pleased to launch a new funding scheme - the Diabetes Dragons' Den.

This competition aims to provide a route for supporting clinically relevant innovative projects in the area of diabetes care. 

This ‘Dragons' Den’ route will appeal to the strengths of NHS clinicians with worthy clinical projects that would be important to support. Watch our video to learn more about this funding scheme.

Applications for 2023 are now closed. Please regularly visit this page for updates on future grant opportunities or follow us on social media.

Grant Awardees 2023:

Dr Emma Johns, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde: Hybrid closed loop to prevent Recurrent DKA in High Risk People with Diabetes

Emma details her experience in this interview.

Oluwaseun Anyiam, University of Nottingham / University Hospitals of Derby and Burton NHS Foundation Trust: Can High-Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) improve maintenance of type 2 diabetes remission?

Oluwaseun details his experience in this interview.

Who can apply?

Junior doctors and consultants who are up to 5 years post Certificate of Completion of Training and without previous grant funding.

The applicant will usually have a clinical post in the UK and the research will take place at a UK institution.

Funding criteria

This fund is for small clinically relevant projects relating to education, research and quality improvement.

Grants will be for a maximum of £10,000 to be used within 2 years. The term can be extended with the permission of the ABCD Grant committee Successful applicants will have to acknowledge ABCD and DCT in all outputs including publications and presentations. 

They will be required to present the results at the ABCD annual conference and publish an aspect of their work in the British Journal of Diabetes.

How to apply

Applications for 2023 are now closed. Please regularly visit this page for updates on future grant opportunities or follow us on social media.


To apply, record a video of up to 120 seconds, that outlines your proposal, you do not need to prepare any slides, however, in your video you will need to clearly state the following: 

  • The problem your project addresses
  • Project aims
  • Timeline
  • Budget
  • Expected outcomes

Share your video with ABCD via WhatsApp - send to 07904 889009.

In your message please include your full name, email address, title of your project and institution.

Submit your video application by 1st November 2023. 

A panel made up of members of the ABCD Academic/Research Grant Review Committee will shortlist the video applications.

Those shortlisted will be invited to present their proposal virtually to our 'Diabetes Dragons' and to answer questions from the panel. 

Funding application timeline

  • Stage one video application closes - 1st November 2023
  • Stage one applicants shortlisted - mid November 2023
  • Stage two proposal presentation - 1st December 2023
  • Stage two applicants notified of outcome -  Mid December 2023

The project(s) deemed worthy of support will be required to complete an official acceptance form providing proof of any required supporting evidence and governance approvals.

Final selection is subject to scrutiny process.