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Upcoming research competition

Current Diabetes Canada Research Competition

Diabetes Canada is proud to be a leading supporter of diabetes research in Canada. The End Diabetes Fund supports research to enhance our understanding of diabetes and its prevention, causes, management, and cure. 

This year, Diabetes Canada will be awarding 20 End Diabetes 2022 Awards. Each of the 20 awards commits a $100,000 operating grant annually for three years to support brilliant scientists and provide them with the freedom, autonomy, and resources to set them on the road to breakthrough discoveries. 

Each application goes through a rigorous peer review process. Funding decisions are made based on the results of that peer review process and the expert recommendations of Diabetes Canada’s National Research Council (NRC).

The objective of the End Diabetes 2022 Award is:

  • To support researchers in the discovery of the biomedical, clinical, health services, and/or population health factors that lead to the onset and progression of all types of diabetes and related complications. 
  • To develop solutions aimed at the prevention, management, and finding a cure(s) for people living with diabetes. 

Competition Guidelines and Application Criteria

Please review the 2022 Research Competition Guide for full details on the award being offered, including eligibility criteria, policies, and review process and evaluation for the 2022 competition. 

Application submissions must be made online through ResearchNet. ResearchNet is a secure internet portal which allows the applicant to electronically submit grant applications and obtain funding-related information.

To begin your application: 

  1. Log into ResearchNet: 
  2. From the home screen select Find Funding Opportunities (upper left-hand menu)
  3. When the menu expands select Apply for Funding
  4. In the list navigate to Operating Grant - End Diabetes 2022 Award
  5. Select the Apply to this Opportunity link
  6. Please ensure you also review the Funding Opportunity Details link for full details on the 2022 application criteria and policies.

All application submissions are due online on ResearchNet by July 15, 2022, 8:00pm EDT. 

Funding decisions will be made in mid-December 2022 and Notice of Decision letters will be posted at that time. Funding is projected to be disbursed starting in December 2022.

Our Research Strategy  

You spoke; we listened. The Diabetes Canada research strategy was built with your feedback.  To shape our research strategy, Diabetes Canada gathered direct input from key stakeholders in 2021 through an in-depth survey and interview process. This year’s competition, as well as the future of our research strategy, was formed with feedback from 360 participants across Canada. The full report of input and key findings can be read here

Diabetes Canada is committed to working together with talented researchers towards our common goal of creating a world free of the effects of diabetes.


1. What does Diabetes Canada’s research competition fund?

Since 1975, Diabetes Canada has funded thousands of successful Canadian scientists, scholars, and clinicians in their quest for new and innovative developments in the prevention, treatment, and management of diabetes. Although their research is diverse in scope, the key goals of every diabetes study and researcher remain the same—to improve the quality of life of people living with diabetes and to find a cure. 

Details on the specific types of research that Diabetes Canada funds can be found here.

Information on the awardees of Diabetes Canada’s 2021 research funding competition can be found here

2. What impact does Diabetes Canada’s research competition have on the research community and people living with diabetes? 

Diabetes Canada supports a robust research program. Since 1975, we've supported outstanding diabetes research in Canada and administered more than $140 million in research grants, awards, and partnerships to scientists and clinicians across the country.

Our currently funded researchers are studying numerous aspects of diabetes and its prevention and care. From type 2 diabetes and obesity, to postpartum screening for people with gestational diabetes, to ending diabetic ketoacidosis in type 1 diabetes, and the artificial pancreas and more innovative technologies for the treatment of type 1 diabetes, to the study of insulin-producing beta cells, our funded researchers are working to improve the quality of life of people living with diabetes and to find a cure.

Details on Diabetes Canada’s currently funded research projects across Canada can be found here.

3. What are the timelines for the 2022 research competition? 

Competition launches (application available on ResearchNet: May 2, 2022 

Application submission deadline: July 15, 2022, 8:00pm EDT

Peer-review period: August–November 2022 

Notification of funding decisions and funding begins: Mid-December 2022 

4. How are persons affected by diabetes included in the research competition?

Engaging people with lived experience and caregivers in Diabetes Canada’s research competition is part of a multi-phase initiative to ensure people affected by diabetes are included in all of Diabetes Canada’s mission activities. 

Diabetes Canada is forming a multidisciplinary peer-review committee to review research funding applications. This review committee will consist of scientific and clinical experts, along with persons affected by diabetes (including family/caregivers), to provide the perspective of people living with diabetes. If you are interested in learning more about becoming a reviewer, please contact In addition, a Patient Engagement Plan is a required component of all research funding applications. 

5. Why is Diabetes Canada offering Operating Grants this year? Is there any support available for trainees? 

To shape our research strategy, Diabetes Canada gathered direct input from key stakeholders and expert input from our National Research Council and leaders from within the diabetes community. These stakeholders and leaders agreed that 20 Operating Grants of $100,000 per year/3 years is the most impactful way for Diabetes Canada to allocate our available research funds. The full report of input and key findings can be read here.  

We encourage applicants to include salary support for their trainees as part of their research proposal budget. A full list of eligible and ineligible expenses for award funds can be found in the 2022 Research Competition Guide.

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