International Diabetes Federation

The International Diabetes Federation (IDF) is a worldwide alliance of over 200 diabetes associations in more than 160 countries, who have come together to enhance the lives of people with diabetes everywhere.

For over 50 years, IDF has been at the vanguard of global diabetes advocacy. The Federation is committed to raising global awareness of diabetes, promoting appropriate diabetes care and prevention, and encouraging activities towards finding a cure for the different types of diabetes.

It is the mission of IDF to promote diabetes care, prevention and a cure worldwide.


BRIDGES is a programme initiated by the IDF. It aims to fund translational research projects in diabetes prevention and treatment to provide the opportunity to ‘translate’ lessons learned from clinical research to those who can benefit most: people affected by diabetes.

Full list of BRIDGES projects.


Diabetes UK

Diabetes UK is one of the UK's largest funders dedicated to diabetes research, with an annual research budget of around £7.3 million. It funds a range of project and equipment grants and fellowship schemes. For more information about these and for closing dates for applications please go to the Diabetes UK website.

Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF)

As the leading charitable funder of diabetes research worldwide, JDRF offers a wide variety of grants and fellowships to qualified researchers. It is committed to spending more than $100 million in 2006 to support research relevant to its mission of finding a cure for diabetes and its complications. More information about grant applications at JDRF.

Medical Research Council (MRC)

The Medical Research Council (MRC) is a national organisation funded by the UK taxpayer. It promotes research into all areas of medical and related science with the aims of improving the health and quality of life of the UK public and contributing to the wealth of the nation.

The Wellcome Trust

The Wellcome Trust is the world's largest medical research charity funding research into human and animal health. It offers grants in biomedical sciences, technology transfer, medical humanities and public engagement. Wellcome Trust funding streams.

The European Foundation for the Study of Diabetes

In 1999, the European Association for the Study of Diabetes (EASD) increased its commitment to stimulate diabetes research in Europe by creating the European Foundation for the Study of Diabetes (EFSD).

Since its inception, EFSD has committed over €32 million to diabetes research in Europe by means of partnership grant programmes, resource awards and fellowships. In the last five years, the Foundation has become a significant European funding agency for diabetes research, and is continually striving to enhance awareness in Europe of the severity and magnitude of this devastating disease.

The Diabetes Research and Wellness Foundation

The Diabetes Research & Wellness Foundation (DRWF) was established to assist in the relief of persons with diabetes and to raise awareness about diabetes and its associated complications. DRWFs main objective is ’staying well until a cure is found’ and in furtherance of this aim, provides support to those with diabetes by way of a Diabetes Wellness Network.

Our research programme is designed to support bright young researchers, as well as established institutions, as they strive to make the kind of life-changing break-through our members and supporters are hoping for. For further information on the grants available, please see the DRWF website.