The overall goal of the Funding Opportunities at the UW DRC is to promote the development of new and innovative research projects directed at basic, clinical and translational aspects of diabetes. Using funds provided by NIDDK and additional funds provided by the UW, the Program has the following specific objectives:
To provide initial research support for junior faculty who have not yet had independent peer-reviewed NIH funding;
To provide pilot funding for established faculty who are entering the field of diabetes research for the first time;
To support pilot projects by established investigators that propose to pursue a new and novel direction in their diabetes research; and
To foster training in research related to diabetes by offering postdoctoral and graduate fellowships for mentored research in the laboratories of DRC affiliate investigators.
Pilot and Feasibility (P&F) Awards
Research support provided by the Pilot and Feasibility Studies Program is primarily intended to be a first grant for junior faculty interested in diabetes research, who have not yet obtained a major peer-reviewed grant, such as from NIH or NSF. Senior faculty are also eligible to apply if their projects represent a first entry into the field of diabetes research. The DRC P&F awards are funded by the NIH grant to the DRC (P30 DK017047) at a maximum of $50,000 per year for up to two years.
The Dick and Julia McAbee Endowed Fellowship in Diabetes Research Fellowship Program - sponsored by the UW - provides support equivalent to the NIH fellowship level appropriate to the awardee for up to two years to support a postdoctoral fellow (M.D. or Ph.D.) engaged in full time research training. The scientific merit of the proposed project, research environment provided by the mentor, as well as the quality of the research training experience are evaluated.
The Samuel and Althea Stroum Endowed Graduate Fellowship, sponsored by the UW, is administered by the UW Graduate School in conjunction with the DRC. This graduate fellowship provides financial support towards graduate student stipend and benefits, and is designed to broaden participation in diabetes-related research. Awards are made be based on academic merit, research training environment, and relevance of the applicant’s graduate research to diabetes. Any registered University of Washington full-time graduate student pursuing diabetes-related research may be eligible to apply.
These are small grants ($2000), to provide a limited amount of core services for DRC Affiliates who wish to obtain pilot data for startup projects that may not otherwise have funding or are major departures from an affiliate’s existing funding. Priority will be given to investigators who have limited research funds.
New Investigator Award
The New Investigator Award is sponsored by the UW and provides $25,000 per year for up to two years to a member of the UW faculty making a first entry into diabetes research. Junior faculty interested in diabetes research, who have not yet obtained a major peer-reviewed grant, such as from NIH or NSF are eligible to apply.