University of Kentucky and Washington University Diabetes Research Center Collaborative Pilot & Feasibility Awards

The Washington University Diabetes Research Center (DRC) anticipates funding new Pilot & Feasibility Awards through an ongoing collaborative program with the University of Kentucky. The goal of this program is to develop preliminary data leading to the submission of new applications for independent (NIH, JDRF, or ADA) research grants. 

Application deadline: October 31, 2023 by 5:00 p.m. CST



The following qualify for grant support under the Pilot & Feasibility Program: 

  • New faculty members involved in diabetes-related research who have not yet obtained independent funding. Applications from these individuals are most likely to be supported by this mechanism. 
  • Established investigators not involved in diabetes-related research who propose feasibility studies related to diabetes. 
  • Established investigators involved in diabetes-related research who propose feasibility studies clearly not related to previously supported research. 

Applicants must hold a faculty appointment and be independent investigators in any department at University of Kentucky. Postdoctoral Fellows or their equivalents are not eligible. There is no specific citizenship requirement.  

Previous recipients of Pilot & Feasibility support are eligible, but first priority will be given to those who have not been supported by this program.

Budget Guidelines

Grants of up to $40,000 (direct costs) for one year will be awarded.

It is expected that the Grantee will use the full amount of funding awarded during the one-year term of the award. Special permission is required to carry forward remaining funds at the budget year-end and is not automatically granted.

Up to 10% salary support for faculty will be considered, if amount <25% of the total award. The budget may not include funds for computers, software, travel, journal subscriptions, memberships to professional societies or the purchase of printed reference materials.


Dates & Deadlines
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