What the Research Foundation Does

The American Diabetes Association Research Foundation, established in 1994, was created to raise major contributions to fund diabetes science conducted through the Association’s Research Program.

Our vision is to ensure the availability of funds necessary for the full exploration of all the scientific possibilities.

The Foundation’s commitment to raising funds to improve the lives of people with diabetes holds true today. Through the generous support of Pinnacle Society and Summit Circle members and the solid leadership of the Research Foundation Board of Directors a tremendous impact is being made in the advancement of scientific knowledge.

During these tough economic times, we are proud that 100% of all Research Foundation dollars go directly to support diabetes research. All non-research costs associated with the Research Program are paid for through the American Diabetes Association’s general fund.

The Research Foundation uniquely matches a donor’s interests and financial gift with cutting-edge diabetes research projects. You may direct your donation of $50,000 or more to a specific research project in our portfolio.

For more information on our research grant types, please go here or visit our professional website at professional.diabetes.org.

Scientific knowledge and advancements have been accomplished with the help of dedicated donors who have supported the Research Foundation. Become a Pinnacle Society or Summit Circle member and join us in conquering diabetes. Through research we fund science and with it we fund hope.

Direct Your Gift to a Diabetes Research Project

Each year, individuals, foundations and corporations support the American Diabetes Association’s Research Foundation in a variety of unique ways. One way is to direct your Research Foundation gift to support a currently-funded diabetes research project, providing an excellent opportunity to become personally engaged in an area of diabetes science that is meaningful to YOU.

Pinnacle Society

With a gift of $50,000 or more to the Research Foundation, you will have the opportunity to direct your gift to a currently-funded diabetes research project.  In addition, you will become a member of the Pinnacle Society, our prominent giving society of donors who make major gifts of $10,000 or more.

Research projects are selected by the Research Grant Review Committee (RGRC), which is made up of highly-respected scientists in the diabetes research community.  Through a sophisticated peer review process, the RGRC ensures that the investigators and projects chosen are of the utmost quality and offer the best promise for understanding and treating diabetes.

Dr. Laura McCabe and Staff

The Association supports type 1 and type 2 diabetes research projects that cover the spectrum from islet cell biology and transplantation techniques, to studies in education and behavioral issues.  To browse our list of currently funded researchers for an area of diabetes science that suits your interests and passions, please visit our Diabetes Research Database.

For more information on directing your gift to a specific project, please contact Elaine Curran, Director, Principal Giving Research Foundation, at 1-800-676-4065, ext. 3413, or ecurran@diabetes.org.

Or call your regional gift officer at 1-800-676-4065.

Chip DeWitt, ext. 3518
Ted Gebhardt, Jr., ext. 6013
Leticia Viillalon-Soler, ext. 3416
Libby Schiff, ext. 7465