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£100K grant made available for diabetes and COVID-19 research

By Editor
3rd April 2020
Charity, Coronavirus

A £100,000 grant has been available so researchers can study how coronavirus affects people living with diabetes.

Diabetes UK is urging scientists to submit their research applications now so they can find out more about how the virus impacts people with either type 1 or type 2 diabetes.

In light of the urgency around COVID-19, applications will undergo a one stage, rapid review, process. Although the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting everyone across the world, it is not clear about whether people with diabetes could be more vulnerable.

Infection with coronaviruses similar to COVID-19 can, in some cases, cause more severe symptoms and complications in people with diabetes. However, with COVID-19 being a new type of virus, there is an urgent need to fill in the current gaps in knowledge around how it affects people living with any type of diabetes.

The charity is hoping researchers will use the money to investigate which groups of people with diabetes might be at greater risk of complications from COVID-19 and also how the pandemic has affected mental health within the diabetes community.

This will help rapidly improve the advice that can be given to people living with diabetes, and help them keep safe and healthy during this uncertain time.

Applicants are encouraged to work across disciplines and collaborate with other researchers to develop innovative proposals.

While there are no restrictions on the areas of focus that will be accepted to the call, and Diabetes UK will not exclude specific research areas, applicants are encouraged to consider the COVID-19 priority areas identified by NIHR and the MRC. Proposals should include:

  • Support collaboration and multidisciplinary thinking where possible.
  • Be feasible and able to start as soon as possible.
  • Have clear potential benefit to people living with diabetes.
  • Not exceed a total cost of £100,000 and a duration of 24 months.

Dr Elizabeth Robertson, Director of Research at Diabetes UK, said: “COVID-19 is a pandemic unprecedented in living memory, and there’s much we don’t yet understand about its impact on people living with diabetes. We know it’s a hugely concerning time and to make sure that we can best support and advise people with diabetes, we urgently need to fill this research gap.

That’s why this rapid response funding call is so important. It will bring together researchers and equip them to answer the pressing questions around COVID-19 and diabetes.”

The deadline for applications is 20 April 2020. Click here for more information about how to apply for a Diabetes UK grant.

Picture credit: Vincent Ghilione

Comments (1)

  1. Jane Hewitt says:

    I am a 69 year old type 1 diabetic, I may have had this virus last November as well as my family, if I did, I had it milder than them, but in case I didnt, how likely would I survive or how ill would I get, I also have high high blood pressure

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