Career Development Awards

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JDRF fosters the development and productivity of the best and the brightest established independent researchers who will bridge the gap between the bench and bedside. The primary purpose of the Career Development Award is to attract qualified and promising scientists early in their faculty careers and to give them the opportunity to establish themselves in areas that reflect the JDRF research emphasis areas.

In the five-year term of the award, awardees will focus their research efforts on a subject directly related to JDRF mission goals and research priorities, and position themselves to work at the leading edge of type 1 diabetes research. These awards are designed to assist exceptionally promising investigators. Although JDRF is especially interested in fostering careers in clinical investigation, Career Development Awards may emphasize either basic or clinical topics.

Research Plan

The Career Development Award research plan should describe a five-year project. The project should address a specific and substantive question that is relevant to the JDRF mission. The research plan may not exceed 12 pages, including figures and tables, and should include narrative items a through d as described below Proposals with research plans exceeding the page limit will not be considered.

The research plan must be organized as follows: a) Specific Aims; b) Background and Significance of this work to Type 1 Diabetes; c) Preliminary Studies (if applicable); d) Research Design and Methods; e) Literature Cited (no page limit).

Note: For a project proposing Human Subject Research, please review the Scientific Guidelines.

Future Career Plans Statement

At the end of the Research Plan section, the applicant must include a Future Career Plans statement, which is limited to 2 pages. The applicant must include a statement of career goals and indicate the relevance of these goals to type 1 diabetes-related research.

Access and submit full applications (including research plans) via RMS360.

All UofT applicants must submit their application through the University’s My Research – Application system , which must be approved by the department/faculty and received by the Research Services Office before the internal deadline.

UofT RSO Contacts 

Krista Montgomery ( for UofT Supervisors appointed within Dalla Lana, Applied Sci & Eng, Dentistry, Forestry, Kinesiology & PE, Nursing, Pharmacy, UTM, and Medicine (last names A-M only).

Jason Darby ( for UofT Supervisors appointed Architecture, Arts & Science, Law, Rotman, Information, Social Work, OISE, UTSC, Music, and Medicine (last names N-Z only)

Contact Information

Krista Montgomery
Research Funding Manager, US & International Funding | (416) 978-2155

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