Grant Mechanism Descriptions

JDRF is a global funding agency with a substantial proportion of its grants awarded outside the United States. We encourage all qualified researchers interested in addressing the scientific and clinical challenges and gaps to cure type 1 diabetes and its complications to apply for funding. Decisions on funding are based on the quality, mission relevance, and priority of the proposed research. JDRF encourages submission of innovative, high-risk/high-reward, field-changing research proposals to accelerate its mission.

JDRF has multiple funding mechanisms, including Strategic Research Agreements, Innovative Grants, and Industry Grants to build a diverse research portfolio, to provide the research community with alternative approaches to address the foundation’s mission, and to provide research training opportunities to attract new talent to the field.

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JDRF Grant Mechanisms


Grant Mechanism Applicant Eligibility Requirements Maximum Budget Per Year (USD) Duration (Years) Pre-Application Required?
Regular Grants
Innovative Grants MD, DMD, DVM, PhD, or equivalent and faculty position or equivalent $110,000 1 No
Training Awards
Postdoctoral Fellowships MD, DMD, DVM, PhD, or equivalent and must not be simultaneously serving an internship or residency $44,764 to $59,680* 3 No
Advanced Postdoctoral Fellowships MD, DMD, DVM, PhD, or equivalent and must not be simultaneously serving an internship or residency $90,000 3 No
Career Development Awards MD, DMD, DVM, PhD, or equivalent and faculty position or equivalent $150,000 5 No
Strategic Research Agreements
Early-Career Patient-Oriented Diabetes Research Awards MD or MD-PhD, hold an appointment or joint appointment in a subspecialty of clinical medicine, and conduct human clinical research $150,000 5 No
Strategic Research Agreements (Single Project, Multi-Project, and Clinical) MD, DMD, DVM, PhD, or equivalent and faculty position or equivalent Up to 3 Open Yes**
Special Grants
Conference Grants See Grant type description for eligibility criterion As approved n/a Yes
Industry Discovery & Development Partnerships MD, DMD, DVM, PhD, or equivalent and faculty position or equivalent As approved Open Yes

*JDRF follows the US National Institutes of Health (NIH) standards.

**Successful completion of a Project Concept is required prior to submitting a Strategic Research Agreement proposal.