Pathway awards are available by institutional nomination only

Candidates will be identified through nominations from U.S.-accredited academic and nonprofit research institutions.

Each institution is allowed a maximum of one nomination. The nomination can be in any one of the three available Pathway award types:

Nominations must be on behalf of the institution and from an authorized institutional representative, such as the Nominating Committee Chair, Division Chair, Dean of Research, or President. Individual components of multi-component institutions (e.g. University of California Los Angeles and University of California Berkeley within the University of California system, or Harvard University and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center within the Harvard system) are sufficiently independent to be considered individual institutions. Institutions must have a unique DUNS and/or IPF number to be considered independent.

The Pathway program seeks to bring new investigators and new perspectives to diabetes research. Supporting scientists with different backgrounds and experience is critical to achieving that objective.

Pathway accepts nominations for exceptional investigators with medical and scientific backgrounds who propose innovative basic, clinical, translational, behavioral, epidemiological and health services research relevant to any type of diabetes, diabetes-related disease state or complication. Pathway solicits nominations for candidates in all disciplines as applied to diabetes, from medicine, biology and chemistry to engineering, mathematics and physics.

In addition, nomination of scientists from diverse backgrounds, including minority groups that are underrepresented in biomedical research, is strongly encouraged.  

The challenges of comparing different research approaches and investigators across a broad spectrum are met by assembling a diverse group of reviewers with content expertise that give careful consideration to all types of proposals during the review process.

The call for nominations is now open. Applications are due by July 1st annually. Application materials and eligibility criteria will be available at