What the Research Foundation Does

The American Diabetes Association Research Foundation raises major contributions to fund diabetes science conducted through the Association’s Research Program. With 100% of donations directed to diabetes research, our vision is to ensure the availability of financial resources necessary for the full exploration of all the scientific possibilities that will improve the lives of all people with diabetes, while moving us closer toward a cure.

Types of Scientific Investigations Funded by the Research Foundation

The Association funds the highest-quality diabetes research. Investigator-driven submissions identify emerging and rapidly-advancing areas of science, and our independent peer-review process, performed by leading diabetes scientists, ensures grant support of the best research. Our program is comprised of research in type 1, type 2 and gestational diabetes, but also in diabetes-related disease states including obesity and prediabetes. The studies in our portfolio include basic laboratory science, and research carried out in clinical and community settings. 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.

Direct Your Gift to a Diabetes Research Project

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. Chosing a specific scientific investigation to fund allows you to become personally engaged in an area of diabetes science that is meaningful to you. In addition, you will become a member of the Pinnacle Society, our prominent giving society created to honor our most loyal donors. For more information on directing your gift to a specific project, please contact Elaine Curran, Managing Director, Research Foundation and Individual Giving, at 1-800-676-4065, ext. 3413, or ecurran@diabetes.org.

Through the generous support of and the solid leadership of the Research Foundation Board of Directors a tremendous impact is being made in the advancement of diabetes research. For more information on our research grant types, visit our professional website at professional.diabetes.org.

  • Last Reviewed: December 4, 2013
  • Last Edited: September 30, 2016