£1 million available to ignite beta cell therapy innovations

December 5, 2023
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Today sees the opening of a new Type 1 Diabetes Grand Challenge funding call focused on supporting innovations into beta cell therapies for people with type 1 diabetes. 

Following our networking workshop last week, designed to spark cross disciplinary collaborations and fresh thinking into beta cell therapy research, we’re offering individual awards of up to £400,000. We want to support visionary research that will transform the field, by embracing high-risk, high-reward proposals. New and creative ideas that will address an unmet need in beta cell therapy research are strongly encouraged. 

We also know that drawing on expertise from beyond type 1 diabetes could unlock innovations to overcome current obstacles. That’s why we’re encouraging multi-disciplinary collaboration and are calling on researchers from any discipline, including immunology, stem cell science, medicinal chemistry or bioengineering, to get involved. 

Diabetes UK and JDRF have worked with the Grand Challenge Scientific Advisory Panels, comprising some of the world’s most eminent type 1 diabetes scientists, to shape this new call. 

Apply for funding

Find out more and apply for the Beta Cell Therapy Innovation Project Grant. 

Researchers will be asked to submit a brief research plan, including a short video pitch, by February 19th 2024. The very best applicants will then be invited to a virtual interview.   

Diabetes UK and JDRF are passionate about working closely with people affected by type 1 diabetes and encourage all applicants to do the same when building their applications. 

If you’re a researcher and want to learn more about the Beta Cell Therapy Innovation Project Grant call, including top tips for applying, sign up to our webinar on December 14th. 

Professor Qizhi Tang, a member of our Scientific Advisory Panel on beta cell therapies, said: 

“Recent advances in stem cell technology and cell engineering have provided an unprecedented opportunity to restore beta cell function in people with type 1 diabetes. The Type 1 Diabetes Grand Challenge is a momentous call to action to work together to advance this therapy.”

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Beta cell innovation networking workshop
Beta cell innovation networking workshop

We brought researchers together to spark cross disciplinary collaborations and innovative ideas with the potential to disrupt the roadblocks holding back progress in beta cell therapy research.

Attend our Beta Cell Therapy Innovation Call webinar
Attend our Beta Cell Therapy Innovation Call webinar

Find out more about the call, tips for applying, and get opportunity to ask the Grand Challenge funding team your questions on 14 December.

Apply for funding
Apply for funding

If you’re a researcher, read more about our innovation call and apply for funding now to help advance the development of beta cell therapies.