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American Diabetes Association (ADA) Pathway Award Program

We are soliciting internal applicants for the American Diabetes Association (ADA) Pathway Award program. ADA Pathway supports innovative basic, clinical, translational, epidemiological, behavioral, or health services research relevant to any diabetes type, diabetes-related disease state, or diabetes complication. The Association seeks exceptional candidates from a broad range of disciplines, including medicine, biology, chemistry, computing, physics, mathematics and engineering.

The prestigious Pathway awards are available by institutional nomination only and can be obtained through two grant mechanisms: the Initiator Award and Accelerator Award. As an institution we may submit only one ADA Pathway application total for this competition, through either grant mechanism.

Internal applications due no later than 11:59 pm, May 19, 2014. Full applications due to ADA by July 1, 2014.

Initiator Award: provides two distinct phases of research support for 7 years total support.
Funding (Phase 1): Up to 2 years of support for mentored training, $100,000 (max) per year (including 10% indirect costs).
Funding (Phase 2): Up to 5 years of support for independent research, $325,000 (max) per year (including 30% indirect costs).
Combined support for Phase 1 and 2 may total up to $1,625,000.

  • Eligible applicants must currently be in research training positions (post-doctoral fellow, research fellowship) with no more than 7 years of research training following terminal doctoral degree. May not concurrently hold an NIH K99/R00 grant.

Accelerator Award: designed to support exploration of novel areas/approaches promising breakthroughs in prevention, treatment or cure of diabetes.
Funding: Provides 5 years of research support, $325,000 (max) per year (including 30% indirect costs), for a total of $1,625,000.

  • Early Investigator: Exceptional early-career researchers who distinguish themselves as promising investigators and are in the beginning stages of establishing successful, independent diabetes research programs. Should propose innovative and ambitious diabetes-related research programs. Must hold faculty positions and have demonstrated independent productivity in diabetes research. May currently hold independent NIH funding (K, U or R awards, including an initial R01/U01) but must not have applied for/ received an R01/U01 renewal or second R01/U01 award.
  • New to Diabetes Research: Talented established investigators with exceptional productivity in fields other than diabetes who are interested in applying their skills and expertise to innovative diabetes-related research topics. Must hold faculty positions and demonstrate independent productivity. Cannot have previously received national grant support in diabetes research.

A full description of the ADA Pathway Award program including links to more information on eligibility, application instructions, and frequently asked questions can be found at DiabetesPro.

For our internal competition we require the following:

  1. An NIH format biographical sketch. (max 4 pages)
  2. List of annotated publications. (max 1 page, 5 references)
  3. Provide answers to each of the following three questions. (max 1 page total)
    1. What makes your research strategy particularly innovative and important for people with diabetes? What makes it uniquely suited for this program rather than a traditional research grant program?
    2. Describe your most significant research accomplishments to date and the personal qualities/characteristics that were required for these accomplishments. For example, provide evidence of innovation and creativity, the ability to challenge paradigms, identify opportunities and take intellectual risks, establish collaborations, integrate diverse sources of information, or develop novel alternative approaches when new challenges or opportunities arose.
    3. What are your future career plans and how will this award will further those objectives? What is your long-term commitment to diabetes research?
  4. Description by the candidate of the types of research and scholarship to be undertaken if awarded. The research strategy should provide a high level description of your scientific question(s) and the strategy(ies) and approach(es) that you will employ. (max 3 pages)
  5. A letter of nomination from the Dean and/or Department Head. This letter may be emailed to the candidate or provided to them as a pdf or doc, but must be submitted together with the application, not separately mailed to the research office.
  6. The name, title, department, college/school, and institution of 3 individuals who will provide letters of support. The actual letters are not required at this time. See matrix below.
Initiator Award Accelerator Award
1 Letter of support from a Graduate/Medical Training Advisor/Mentor 1 Letter of Recommendation from Department Chair
2 Additional Letters of Support 2 Additional Letters of Support from Past or Current Collaborators

Submit as a single pdf, with the name of the Principal Investigator (PI) and ADA-Pathway award in the title. Send to, with the subject line including the phrase ADA - Pathway, no later than 11:59 pm, May 19, 2014. Full applications are due by July 1, 2014.