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Limited Submission Funding Opportunity: ADA Pathway to Stop Diabetes

Modified: February 3, 2016

The Pathway to Stop Diabetes Research Program intends to attract brilliant scientists at the peak of their creativity to diabetes research, and to accelerate their research progress by providing the necessary resources and support for conducting transformative science. This program will consider applications directed toward all topics relevant to prevention, treatment and cure of all types of diabetes (type 1, type 2, and gestational diabetes), diabetes-related disease states (obesity, pre-diabetes, and other insulin resistant states) and the complications of the disease. The program intends to attract a broad range of expertise to the field of diabetes from various fields of science and technology, including medicine, biology, chemistry, engineering, mathematics and physics.

The Association encourages nomination of individuals from diverse backgrounds, including minority groups that are underrepresented in biomedical research.

The Pathway program is highly competitive. Over the first two years of the program, the overall success rate for applications to the program has been approximately 5%. Success rates vary significantly depending on award mechanism, with Visionary (previously Accelerator New to Diabetes) being the most competitive with only a 2% success rate, Accelerator (previously Accelerator Early Investigator) with a 5% success rate and Initiator with a 14% success rate.

Opportunity #1:  Initiator Award
The Initiator awards are designed to support early career researchers who have distinguished themselves during their research training as exceptionally talented and promising research investigators with a high likelihood of establishing successful, independent research programs and making seminal contributions in diabetes research. These awards provide salary and research support for applicants during late stages of mentored training through establishment as independent research faculty.

Awards will provide two distinct phases of research support. Combined support for Phase 1 and Phase 2 can total up to $1,625,000 over up to seven years.

Eligibility for Initiator Awards:

  • Eligible applicants must currently be in research training positions (postdoctoral fellow, research fellowship) and can have no more than seven years of training since their terminal doctoral degree.
  • Recipients of Initiator Awards cannot concurrently hold an NIH K99/R00 grant. All other Career Development awards are allowable (unless holding of concurrent awards is prohibited by the other granting agency).

Additional Eligibility Information:

  • Applicants must hold a MD, PhD, DMD, DO, PharmD, DVM or an equivalent health- or science-related degree.
  • Candidate’s appointment at the Sponsoring Institution must be full-time.
  • One person must be specified as the PI, co-PIs are not permitted.
  • Applicants must agree to devote at least 75% of total time and effort towards research during the period of Association funding. In other words, 75% of the PI’s time overall must be dedicated to research. This percentage includes time dedicated to the Association-funded grant in addition to grants supported by other funding agencies.

Each institution is allowed a maximum of one nomination. The nomination can be in one of the three available Pathway award types (Initiator, Accelerator, Visionary)


  • Internal Letter of Intent Due:  February 22 (by midnight)
  • Sponsor Proposal Due:  July 1 (by 7 pm CT)

Researchers interested in applying are required to submit a letter of intent (LOI) by the deadline specified above. If interest exceeds the number of submissions the university is allowed, an internal competition will be held. Typically, all investigators that submit an LOI will be invited to submit an internal proposal. Occasionally, as appropriate, based on the LOI, only selected applicants will be invited to submit an internal proposal.

  1. Click here to access the LOI form.
  2. Append your biographical sketch (5 page limit) to the LOI form.
  3. Save your combined letter of intent and biographical sketch as a single PDF file.
  4. Name the LOI as follows:  “LastName-FirstInitial-LOI-ADA-2016”, replacing “LastName”, replacing “LastName” with your last name and “First Initial” with your first initial.
  5. Click on this link.
  6. Login with your NU NetID and password.
  7. Under the “Limited Submissions - Office of Research Development” heading, click “Apply” next to the “Letter of Intent: American Diabetes Association (ADA): Pathway to Stop Diabetes”.
  8. Update your profile.
    • Populate the following fields: Phone, Title, and Department.
    • Click on “Save draft and continue” to save your profile and move to the competition application page.
  9. Insert proposal title.  Click on “Save draft and continue.”
  10. Click the Browse or Choose File button and navigate to your file on your hard drive or network.  Select your file and click “Submit”.  No supplemental documents are accepted.

**You will receive a confirmation email from ORD indicating that your application was received.

The Office of Research Development offers assistance in identifying and facilitating collaborations, putting together interdisciplinary teams, programmatic and administrative development of large, cross-school proposals, and leveraging institutional resources for outreach and education. Contact Fruma Yehiely, Associate Vice President for Research, for more information.

Fruma Yehiely, Associate Vice President for Research, 847-491-1074
Limited Submissions website.

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