Research Grants

Join our team of researchers and help destroy T1D .

We encourage all qualified researchers interested in solving the clinical and scientific problems associated with Type 1 Diabetes to apply for funding and become a part of our winning team.

JDRF has been part of every major breakthrough in Type 1 Diabetes (T1D) care in the world in the last 40 years. Our programs provide a unique opportunity for the most talented researchers to change the lives of millions of people. As the leading charitable funder of T1D research worldwide, JDRF offers a wide variety of grants and fellowships.

Principal Research Fellow: Population screening pilot – we are currently recruiting for an outstanding Australian researcher to lead a first-of-its-kind population based T1D screening pilot. Application and further details are available here

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Travel Grants

JDRF invites applications for grants of up to $2,000 for domestic travel or up to $4,000 for international travel to research institutions or scientific meetings, for the purpose of furthering the researcher’s expertise in the study of Type 1 Diabetes.

APPLICATION FORM

Early Stage, Mid-Career & Allied-Health/Nursing Application Form

There are three categories of application as follows:

EARLY-STAGE RESEARCHER TRAVEL GRANTS

This program is designed to support medical or science graduates in the early stages of their research career (e.g. current PhD students, or not more than five years post-doctoral as of the current Travel Grant round deadline). The applicant must be committed to the mission of JDRF to prevent, treat and cure type 1 diabetes and its complications, and demonstrate relevance to one of JDRF’s therapeutic areas: Beta Cell Therapies, Immune Therapies, Complications Therapies or Glucose Control.

MID-CAREER RESEARCHER TRAVEL GRANTS

This program is designed to support mid-career medical or science researchers (more than five years post-doctoral as of the current Travel Grant round deadline), excluding associate professors and above, with no other access to travel funding.

To be eligible to apply for mid-career researchers travel grant, the applicant is required to obtain a letter from their institution confirming that their institution does not provide travel funding for mid-career researchers. If you experience any difficulties in obtaining this letter, please contact Dr. Julia Warning, Senior Scientific Manager on 02 9020 6105 to discuss. The applicant must be committed to the mission of JDRF to prevent, treat and cure type 1 diabetes and its complications, and demonstrate relevance to one of JDRF’s therapeutic areas: Beta Cell Therapies, Immune Therapies, Complications Therapies or Glucose Control.

A maximum of two mid-career researcher travel grants is awarded per round.

ALLIED HEALTH/NURSING TRAVEL GRANTS

This program is designed to support allied-health or nursing professionals, or allied-health or nursing students enrolled in a post graduate program, whose work/research will impact on the lives of people with type 1 diabetes and their carers and families. The applicant must be committed to the mission of JDRF to prevent, treat and cure type 1 diabetes and its complications, and demonstrate relevance to one of JDRF’s therapeutic areas: Beta Cell Therapies, Immune Therapies, Complications Therapies or Glucose Control.

The term ‘allied-health’ refers to health professionals usually considered part of the diabetes management team – i.e. diabetes educators, dieticians, psychologists, social workers, and podiatrists. In addition other allied-health professionals who are considered relevant to the management of type 1 diabetes, such as exercise physiologists, occupational therapists and pharmacists, will also be considered.

ELIGIBILITY

The applicant must be committed to the mission of JDRF to prevent, treat and cure type 1 diabetes and its complications.

  • NB: Allied-Health applicants who are allied-health practitioners must apply for the Allied-Health/Nursing Travel Grants as opposed to the Early-stage career grants.

Applicants must be:

  • Currently working at an Australian institution, and;
  • Australian citizens or permanent/temporary residents currently residing in Australia.

Applicants should also be

  • Engaged with Australian Diabetes research for more than 12 months, however if this does not apply, contact Dr Julia Warning on 02 9020 6105 to discuss possible eligibility.

NB: Previous winners of this award are eligible to reapply although preference will be given to those who have not received a JDRF Travel Grant within the 12 months prior to the current round’s ‘cut off for consideration’ date.

REPORTING

If successful, applicants will be notified and will be sent a one-page report template that must be submitted to travelgrants@jdrf.org.au within 4 weeks after all travel has been completed. Failure to submit the report within the timeframe may affect eligibility of future applications.

APPLICATIONS

Travel grant applications for 2019 are now open.

Travel grant applications are considered in two funding rounds each year, and travel must occur after the date of cut-off for consideration (28 February, 2019) and before the next round’s deadline (18 September, 2019). Timelines for the 2019 funding rounds are as follows:

Cut off for Consideration

Round 1, 2019 5:00pm AEDT – Thursday February 28, 2019
Round 2, 20195:00pm AEST – Wednesday September 18, 2019

Announcement of Awards

Round 1, May 2019
Round 2, November 2019

Applications are to be submitted by your Institution’s Research Administration Office as one document in PDF format with the naming convention of:

“Surname_Firstname_Early-Stage/Mid-Career/Allied-Health.pdf” (as appropriate) to travelgrants@jdrf.org.au

Please note – JDRF may reject applications that do not meet the requirements as indicated above and within the application form. Incomplete applications will NOT be accepted without prior discussion with JDRF staff. JDRF will not accept applications for meetings/visits that have already occurred.

Contact JDRF Travel Grant Program administration on travelgrants@jdrf.org.au or 02 9020 6139 for more details.

PHD

The JDRF PhD Top-up scholarship is designed to support PhD students in the field of Type 1 Diabetes. The Top-Up will provides additional funding up to $6,000 per year, on top of their PhD Scholarship stipend, full-time or part-time, contingent on satisfactory progress.

APPLICATION FORM

PhD Top-up Scholarship Application Form

ELIGIBILITY

The JDRF PhD Top-Up scholarship is available to domestic students in receipt of a Research Training Program Stipend (formerly Australian Postgraduate Award), NHMRC Postgraduate Award or University-funded scholarship. Students must be pursuing research relevant to JDRF’s mission – to cure, treat and prevent type 1 diabetes and its complications.

Applicants must be

  • Recipients of either a Research Training Program Stipend, NHMRC Postgraduate Award or a University-funded PhD scholarship
  • Not in receipt of any other PhD top-up funding
  • Pursuing research relevant to type 1 diabetes and its complications
  • Australian citizens or permanent residents currently residing in Australia.

LETTERS OF SUPPORT

Two letters of recommendation must be sent by referees before 5:00pm AEDT, Thursday February 28, 2019 directly to travelgrants@jdrf.org.au. Letters of recommendation should be e-mailed directly by the referee to maintain confidentiality. It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that these letters are sent on time.

REPORTING

If successful, applicants will be required to complete an annual progress report, and will be sent a one-page report template that must be submitted to travelgrants@jdrf.org.au before annual payments are made.

Contact JDRF PhD-Top Up Scholarship administration through travelgrants@jdrf.org.au or 02 9020 6139 for more details.

Applications are to be submitted by your Institution’s Research Administration Office as one document in PDF format with the naming convention of:
“Surname_Firstname_Top-up.pdf” to travelgrants@jdrf.org.au

Please note: JDRF may reject applications that do not meet the requirements as indicated above and within the application form. Incomplete applications will NOT be accepted without prior discussion with JDRF staff.

APPLICATIONS

PhD Top-up scholarship applications for 2019 are now open.

PhD Top-up scholarship funding occurs once per year. To apply for PhD scholarship funding in 2019, please submit an application by the cut off for consideration date.

Cut off for Consideration

5:00pm AEDT – Thursday February 28, 2019

Announcement of Awards
 May 2019

Conference

JDRF offers conference support grants in order to facilitate collaboration and information sharing within the local type 1 diabetes research community. This scheme is available to Australian-based organisations, for funding of up to $6,000 

CRITERIA

Meetings must be relevant to type 1 diabetes and demonstrate a focus on one or more of JDRF’s therapeutic areas:

  • Beta Cell Therapies;
  • Immune Therapies;
  • Complications Therapies; or
  • Glucose Control.

Funding for meetings will be assessed on the following criteria:

  • The purpose of meeting, including the need for the meeting;
  • How the meeting relates to JDRF goals;
  • How information resulting from the meeting will be disseminated;
  • The appropriateness of the budget;
  • The calibre of the meeting organisers (key persons or organisation); and
  • The quality of the meeting speakers.

APPLICATION

Applications for conference support are accepted for consideration throughout the year. Applications must include the following:

  • Completed application form
  • Letter of intent (max 2 pages)
  • Details of key persons or organisations involved in organising the meeting
  • Proposed meeting program/agenda
  • Qualifications and current positions of speakers

The letter of intent must address:

  • The purpose of meeting, including defining the need for the meeting
  • How the meeting relates to JDRF goals
  • How information resulting from the meeting will be disseminated
  • The budget for funds requested from JDRF and details of other organisations approached for funding.

Applications should be submitted as a single document in PDF or MS Word format to dpawlak@jdrf.org.au. Applications will only be accepted if complete. Please ensure all requirements are met.

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TERMS

In general, complimentary registration for a designated member of JDRF staff, or JDRF guests, is required for JDRF sponsorship of a meeting.

JDRF sponsorship must be acknowledged in all publicity and in the program for the meeting and any proceedings or publications resulting from the meeting.

Copies of proceedings or publications resulting from the meeting must be provided to JDRF.

JDRF reserves the right to post the meeting notice/agenda as well as other information relating to the meeting on the JDRF website. In addition, the application is required to provide a brief report, written in lay terms, after the meeting for posting on the JDRF website.

For more information contact JDRF by e-mail at dpawlak@jdrf.org.au or phone on (02) 9020 6100.

RFA: Research Fellow

Funding opportunity: Lead the first ever pilot to screen the Australian population for Type 1 Diabetes risk.

Applications are now open and close on 28 June 2019 

JDRF Australia is now searching for an outstanding Australian researcher, interested in leading a first-of-its kind, population-based type 1 diabetes (T1D) screening pilot in Australia. This pilot has the potential to create a profound impact within the T1D and medical community at large and is open to individuals looking to influence the future of T1D in Australia (and globally), through early detection, reducing complications and improving the lives of people with T1D. Applicants for Principal Research Fellow may currently be in the field of Type 1 Diabetes research or completely external to it.

The Principal Research Fellow and pilot program activities will initially be funded for three years by the Australian Type 1 Diabetes Clinical Research Network (T1DCRN).

To read more, including summary of position, program aim, scope and responsibilities, eligibility and essential criteria, submission and selection process, please click on the button below or contact JDRF staff on the details below.

Dorota Pawlak, PhD – Head of Research Development & Director T1DCRN, JDRF Australia

T: + 61 (02) 9020 6106

E: dpawlak@jdrf.org.au

Supporting Documents: 

Position Description

Written Evidence

Biosketch

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The T1D CRN has transformed the scientific landscape in Australia

Clinical research is the critical final step in making new technologies and treatments a reality for Australians living with T1D. The Australian T1D Clinical Research Network (T1DCRN) accelerates this process and encourages collaboration and shared learning on an unprecedented scale.

In 2010 the Australian Government’s Department of Health and Ageing awarded $5M in funding to JDRF to establish the T1DCRN, with $35M allocated in 2014 through a Special Research Initiative of the Australian Research Council. The T1DCRN connects 1500 Australians to the latest treatments and technologies, 250+ researchers to each other, allowing 70+ institutions to share insights through 15 high impact studies. The T1DCRN is focused on increasing the volume of clinical research, providing foundations for a clinical legacy and minimising overlap.In addition, the program nurtures emerging research leaders through funding and mentoring helping to secure the future of Australian T1D research. 

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