Call for Proposals

The Diabetes Educator Award was created to support initiatives in the following areas: development of self-management education/support tools or activities and research directly related to diabetes care.

This Award Program is open to health-care professionals working within the scope of diabetes care across Canada including nurses, pharmacists, dietitians, exercise specialists, psychologists, chiropodists, podiatrists, social workers, etc.

This Award Program is particularly interested in research that has the potential to improve diabetes care and/or enhance self-management education and/or support patients with type 1 or type 2 diabetes mellitus.

Selection Process

An evaluation committee will review proposals and select both first place ($13,000 prize) and second place ($7,000 prize) winners.

The two winners will be required to present their proposals at the Diabetes Canada Professional Section Breakfast on November 4, 2017, from 7 to 9 a.m., in Edmonton, AB. During a six-minute presentation, the finalists will present and discuss their proposals. Following each presentation, there will be a four minute period for finalists to answer questions from the audience.

The finalists are required to submit their study results and/or progress report to Diabetes Canada the following year. All selected winners will be contacted via email during the day on Friday, August 25, 2017.


  • First place: $13,000.00 (CAD)
  • Second place: $7,000.00 (CAD)

All submissions must comply with the eligibility criteria and be made through

Eligibility Criteria for Applicants

Applicants must be members of the Diabetes Canada Professional Section (formerly Diabetes Educator Section and Clinical & Scientific Section), and in good standing for two years. The Award Program is open to health-care professionals working within the scope of diabetes care in Canada. Applicants from a diabetes team will be considered; however, one representative from the team must be selected in advance in order to potentially present to the judging panel.

A maximum of one proposal can be submitted by each applicant. Also, all proposals must mention the funding applicants currently have or expect to have for their proposal.

Applicants must be available to travel to Edmonton to present their proposal on November 4, 2017. Travel arrangements will be made for the winners and the following costs will be covered: economy-class return flight and ground transportation, one night’s accommodation, and complimentary Diabetes Canada full conference registration.

Eligibility Criteria for the Proposal

Applicants are requested to submit a proposal of three 8 1/2" x 11" pages or less. One of these three pages must be a brief curriculum vitae of the applicant. Note: Any proposals over the three-page limit will not be reviewed by the judging panel.

Proposals must adhere to the following:

  1. Project purpose/objectives
  2. Target population
  3. Description of the type of initiative to be supported
  4. Timeline for completion
  5. Questions, methodology and outcomes
  6. Potential barriers and challenges, and proposed solutions
  7. Anticipated results, impact and future implementation
  8. Name of potential mentor, collaborator(s), supervisor or team (if applicable)
  9. Disclosure of any applications for other grants for the submitted proposal
  10. Proposals must be submitted in PDF format, in Times New Roman 11-point font.
  11. All proposals and presentations must be in English
  12. There must be only one submission per applicant.
  13. All proposals must be submitted by email to  by Friday, August 25, at 5 p.m. EST.

Proposals will be reviewed based on the following criteria:


  • Clear purpose, objectives
  • Knowledge of topic
  • Integration of evidence to support the need for the project

Clinical Applicability

  • Potential to improve diabetes care and/or enhance self management education/support
  • Anticipated results, impact and future implementation


  • Description of the initiative
  • Originality or ingenuity of the innovation


  • Scope if flexible and realistic
  • Potential barriers and/or challenges
  • Plausible timeline (two years)

Important Information for Proposal Submission

Funding for these awards has been provided by AstraZeneca Canada Inc.

  1. The competition is open only to diabetes educators working full-time in Canada (citizens, permanent residents and others with a valid Canadian work permit).
  2. Award funds are intended solely for research, the development of tools, and patient care and education projects for diabetes educators working within the scope of diabetes care.
  3. The award funds will be administered by the Endocrinology and Metabolism Division of the winners’ affiliated university/institution or an equivalent administrative department.
  4. Research and patient care and education projects should be completed within two years of the funds being awarded, except in extenuating circumstances. Extenuating circumstances are circumstances relating to your health and/or personal life which are of a sufficiently serious nature to result in your being unable to complete or submit the project on time.
  5. Award funds range from $7,000 to $13,000 for the research projects. The scope of the projects will have to be flexible to accommodate this large budget range. The funds awarded may be used as a standalone, or may be further leveraged by applying for funding from another source, or by using existing funds (e.g. new investigator funds).
  6. Mentor name, affiliation and qualifications must be provided at the time of submission.
  7. To receive the award, successful finalists are required to present and discuss their proposals at the Diabetes Canada Professional Section Breakfast, and to respond to questions from the audience.
  8. All selected finalists will be contacted via email on Thursday, September 21, 2017, by Diabetes Canada.
  9. The finalists must submit a photo and brief résumé to be published on Diabetes Canada’s website.

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