Latest: Diabetes research grants round now open

Funding is available for projects between £20,000 and £100,000 and for up to 2 years.

The scheme aims to provide support to researchers to undertake research in any area of diabetes. This can include access to healthcare and health inequalities, co-morbidities, research innovation or developing a new collaboration.

Deadline: 8 April 2024, 4pm 

We oversee charitable expenditure of about £6m each year. We award between 40-60 grants each year under three themed areas: patient experience, staff, experience, and research. We also have opportunities to apply for one-off strategic grants.

Grants information

Applications in a thematic round will be assessed together, ensuring the pot of money available is used in the most strategic way. We want to support projects which closely align with the joint strategic priorities of the charity and the trust, so you should bear this in mind when drafting your proposal.

Annual grants rounds
Research grants


The scheme aims to provide support to researchers to undertake proof of concept studies or generate the pilot data for larger grant applications, develop a new cross-disciplinary collaboration or support innovative early-stage research. Research grants can include any relevant biomedical research that is aligned with the trust’s clinical priorities.



This new grant scheme will support nurses, midwives, allied health professionals, pharmacists and other healthcare professionals including healthcare scientists (excluding medical doctors and dentists) to help develop their research career.

Staff experience grants


The aims of this themed grant round are for projects that improve the health and wellbeing of staff, the working environment; promote staff equity and engagement, enabling staff to improve the delivery of care to patients. The next grant round will be in  Q2 2024.

Outcomes for this year will be announced late August 2023. Grants awarded in 2022/23

Patient experience grants round –


The aims of this themed grant round are for projects that improve patient treatment and care and the services provided. This will lead to enhanced service delivery and clinical outcomes. A key factor needs to be patient involvement through engagement in the identified projects. Projects may include use of innovative equipment and/or a new initiative. £50,000 is available with bids allowed up to £10,000.

Grants awarded in 2022/23


Strategic grants rounds
Cancer Awareness & Symptoms – tackling health inequalities in NCL grant (closed)

Grants for projects aimed at reducing cancer health inequalities in north central London.

Cancer research grant (closed)

This grant round was for projects that supported clearly defined research applications that can demonstrate a translational route forward or a route to follow-on funding.


If you have any questions, please contact the grants team: [email protected]