Are you passionate about a career in diabetes research?

Want to access a world-class network of research professionals, and training resources?

Apply for an ACADI Early Career Researcher (ECR) grant!

ACADI is offering grants to ECRs at ACADI core partner institutions, whose work aligns with ACADI’s three research priority areas:

  1. Diabetic kidney disease
  2. Peripheral neuropathy and diabetic foot syndrome
  3. Short-term complications of hypoglycaemia and/or hyperglycaemic hyperosmolar syndrome (HHS) and diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA).

Important dates

Friday 11 November 2022
10am (AEDT)

Applications open via SmartyGrants

Friday 16 December 2022
3pm (AEDT)

Applications due via SmartyGrants

March 2023

Notification of outcomes


The objectives of the funding are to:

    • Support ECRs in the early stages of their career in research related to diabetes and its complications, who demonstrate clear evidence of high research potential and motivation to make a difference to the field of diabetes.
    • Provide small grants to assist with the establishment of an ECR’s career.
    • Build an ECR’s track record to enhance competitiveness in bidding for research funds.
    • Provide an ECR with the opportunity to establish connections with industry partners and accelerate the development of research from bench to bedside
    • Provide funding for ECR’s working on projects that are strategically aligned with ACADI’s three priority areas.
    • To help achieve ACADI’s vision to deliver novel interventions for timely diagnoses, prevention and treatment of diabetes and its complications.
    • Grow a national network of diabetes researchers.


$40,000 allocated for a 12-month period. The grant will contribute directly to the specified research activity specified in the Research Proposal and Budget submitted with the application, in accordance with the grant conditions.

How to apply

1. Review the funding documents

Review the Funding Guidelines and Eligibility Criteria documents for this scheme.

2. Complete the application form via SmartyGrants

You will need to have the following supporting documents for your application:

  • two-page Resume/CV
  • two-page research Project Plan
  • two written academic references (including contact details)
  • details of other funding sources.

Remember to leave plenty of time to collate the supporting documentation you require for your application. This will need to be uploaded into your SmartyGrants application form before you can submit.

Apply here

Useful documents

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Please kindly ensure you have consulted the Funding Guidelines and Eligibility Criteria, FAQs before submitting a query.