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In the 45 years that Diabetes Canada has been investing in research, we’ve been proud to be part of many life-changing discoveries. We’re pleased that currently funded researchers continue this tradition of innovation and discovery in the areas of obesity, complications, new therapies, disease management and prevention, pathophysiology, genetics and ultimately a cure. In the last 10 years alone, we have awarded $55.3 million and more than 450 grants.

To ensure we remain efficient and evolve with the ever-changing research landscape, Diabetes Canada has introduced strategic changes to our research funding model. 

After careful review of our research funding strategy with the National Research Council Co-Chairs, we have decided to combine the 2019 and 2020 research competitions to allow for research dollars to accrue and then be efficiently deployed.

It is important to note that:

  • 2019 allocated funds will be added to the 2020 research budget to allow Diabetes Canada an opportunity to award a larger number of grants in 2020.
  • All current awards will continue to receive funding for the duration of their granting period.
  • Any researchers that would have been eligible for 2019 awards, but would not qualify for 2020 awards, will be ‘grandfathered’ into 2020 eligibility criteria.

Diabetes Canada continues to champion Canada’s researchers and research trainees in their quest for new and innovative developments in the prevention, treatment and management of diabetes. As we approach the 100th anniversary of a Canadian breakthrough – the discovery of insulin - we remain committed to funding high impact diabetes research in Canada. We look forward to identifying new partnerships and collaborating with organizations that share similar goals to prevent, care and, ultimately, find a cure to end diabetes.

Application information for the 2019/2020 competition will be released in spring 2020. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact

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About Diabetes Canada

Diabetes Canada is the registered national charitable organization that is making the invisible epidemic of diabetes visible and urgent. Diabetes Canada partners with Canadians to End Diabetes through:

  • Resources for health-care professionals on best practices to care for people with diabetes;
  • Advocacy to governments, schools and workplaces; and
  • Funding world-leading Canadian research to improve treatments and find a cure.

Contact us

For more information or to book an interview

Sherry Calder, Senior Manager, Marketing & Communications