DRC FAQs

What are the benefits of being a DRC Affiliate?

The services of the NIH-supported DRC Biomedical Research Cores are available to support diabetes related research for investigators that have DRC affiliate status. DRC affiliates are also able to take advantage of various funding opportunities for themselves and their trainees.

How can I become a DRC Affiliate?

Faculty investigators at the University of Washington or affiliated institutions in the Greater Seattle area with peer-reviewed funding in diabetes-related research are eligible to become DRC affiliates. Check with the DRC Administrative Core office if you are uncertain about your eligibility status. For more information about becoming an affiliate, go to Join the DRC.

What are the responsibilities of being a DRC Affiliate?

To ensure continued success and future funding of the DRC, it is critical for DRC affiliates to acknowledge DRC support in manuscripts.

If the DRC has supported your research in any way, please please cite this support as follows:

"This work was supported in part by NIH NIDDK grant P30 DK017047 to the University of Washington Diabetes Research Center, and used the DRC [insert names of biomedical research core(s) that were used]”.

 

How do I use a DRC Biomedical Research Core?

Researchers that use the services of a DRC Biomedical Core must be DRC affiliates. Affiliates should contact a core director to discuss their needs and the prospective costs of core services for their project. You will also need to provide an account for invoicing of chargeback fees. More information on each of the Biomedical Cores is available at their respective web pages.

Who is eligible to receive a pilot and feasibility research grant from the DRC?

NIH requires that recipients of DRC P&F Research awards have a faculty appointment at the University of Washington. Research scientists, residents, fellows, and students are not eligible. The defining criterion is that applicants must be eligible to be the Principal Investigator on an NIH grant. Normally this means at least an Acting Instructor appointment in most departments. Check with your department head and with the DRC Administrative Core if you are uncertain about your eligibility status. For more information, go to DRC Funding Opportunities.

What is the New Investigator Award?

The DRC administers the University of Washington-sponsored New Investigator Research Award. The eligibility criteria, application process, and scientific review of NIA applications are identical to those of the DRC P&F Research Awards. For more information, go to DRC Funding Opportunities.

What is the McAbee Fellowship?

The DRC administers the University of Washington-sponsored McAbee Fellowship to support research training in the area of diabetes for both M.D. and Ph.D. postdoctoral fellows. For more information, go to DRC Funding Opportunities.

Is support available for graduate students undertaking diabetes research?

Yes, the DRC administers the University of Washington-sponsored Stroum Fellowship to support research training in the area of diabetes for graduate students. For more information, go to DRC Funding Opportunities.

How do I apply for DRC-administered funding opportunities?

The DRC announces RFAs annually, usually in the winter, for P&F Research Awards. An RFA for the New Investigator Award, McAbee and Stroum Fellowships may also be announced, depending on the availability of funds. Normally the applications are due in early February with awards announced in May. Funding normally begins in July. Applications are submitted online. For more information, go to DRC Funding Opportunities.

Does the DRC sponsor seminars and symposia?

Yes, the DRC jointly sponsors the Diabetes and Metabolism Enrichment Program, together with the UW Nutrition Obesity Research Center, Diabetes and Obesity Center of Excellence at the University of Washington and Pacific Northwest Diabetes Research Institute. The Benaroya Research Institute at Virginia Mason and the UW Cystic Fibrosis Research and Translation Center also participate in this program. The current schedule is available on our Seminar & Symposia page.

How are the speakers and topics for the Seminar Series & Symposia chosen? May I suggest speakers or topics for the DRC Enrichment Program?

Each year a message is sent to all DRC Affiliates asking them if they would like to recommend speakers for the Diabetes and Metabolism Seminar Series and Symposia. The recommendations that we receive are discussed by the seminar series’ Program Committee, and based on this input, a program is chosen that reflects the DRC Research Bases, together with the research bases of the other participating centers, in an equitable manner.

How can I find out more about diabetes research?

This DRC website is designed primarily for researchers but all visitors are welcome to peruse it to learn about diabetes research at the University of Washington and affiliated institutions in the Greater Seattle area. If you wish to learn more about diabetes, its treatment and complications, you will find many links to websites with information for the general public. See the Glossary and DRC Links menus.

If the DRC has supported your research in any way, please support us by citing the DRC grant number P30DK017047 in the acknowledgment section of your publications.

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