Call for Proposals

The Diabetes Junior Investigator Award was created to support research and education initiatives for physicians (endocrinologists, internists, family physicians, etc.) at an early stage of their career who are involved in the management of diabetes and related diseases.

Applicants must have graduated from a training program less than five years ago, and be involved in the management of diabetes and related diseases.

This Award Program places special emphasis on supporting research and/or educational initiatives that have the potential to improve diabetes care and/or enhance self-management 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 ($23,000 prize) and second place ($17,000 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: $23,000.00 (CAD)
  • Second place: $17,000.00 (CAD)

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

Eligibility Criteria for Applicants

Only endocrinologists and other physicians who completed their residency training (obtained their FRCPC or equivalent) less than five years ago can apply. Applicants may be endocrinologists or other physicians for whom diabetes and endocrinology make up a substantial proportion of their clinical and/or research activity.

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, plus a fourth page for the appendix. One of these three pages must include a one-page bio sketch/brief curriculum vitae of the applicant outlining any prior research experience and selected publications (10 max). Note: Any proposals over the four-page limit will not be reviewed by the judging panel.

Proposals must adhere to the following:

  1. Outline of the project including study aim, design and methodology, data analysis, anticipated results and significance, and relevance to diabetes management and care
  2. Name and brief description of the institution or setting where the research project will be conducted
  3. Name of potential mentor or supervisor (if applicable)
  4. Timeline of completion
  5. Disclosure of any applications for other grants for the submitted proposal
  6. Document must be submitted in PDF format, in Times New Roman 11-point font.
  7. The proposal and presentation must be in English
  8. There must be only one submission per applicant.
  9. 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 physicians working full-time in Canada (citizens, permanent residents and others with a valid Canadian work permit).
  2. Fellows, residents and those currently enrolled in a training program (e.g. postdoctoral fellows) are not eligible for the award.
  3. All physicians working in diabetes management within five years of appointment to a substantive position (not including maternity or other leaves) on a research project on diabetes and related diseases are eligible.
  4. Applicants must stay within the page requirements (a limit of four pages including a brief CV, along with research experience and listed publications). Note: Any submissions over the four-page limit will not be reviewed.
  5. Award funds are intended solely for research purposes, and not for salary support.
  6. Research 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.
  7. Award funds range from $17,000 to $23,000 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).
  8. Potential mentor name, affiliation and qualifications must be provided at the time of submission.
  9. 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.
  10. All selected finalists will be contacted via email on Thursday, September 21, 2017, by Diabetes Canada.
  11. The finalists must submit a photo and brief résumé to be published on Diabetes Canada’s website.

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