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University of Wisconsin–Madison

American Diabetes Association Pathway to Stop Diabetes 2017

To:Chairs and Administrators, Departments in the Biological & Physical Sciences; Associate Deans for Research; College/School Research Administrators
From:Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research & Graduate Education
Date:February 27, 2017
Subject:American Diabetes Association Pathway to Stop Diabetes 2017


Deadline for Internal Review:April 10, 2017

Project Description

The American Diabetes Associate invites institutional nominations of promising investigators with a high likelihood of making seminal contributions in diabetes research.

Pathway to Stop Diabetes accepts nominations for exceptional investigators with medical and scientific backgrounds who propose innovative basic, clinical, translational, behavioral, epidemiological and health services research relevant to any type of diabetes, diabetes-related disease state or complication. Pathway solicits nominations for candidates in all disciplines as applied to diabetes, from medicine, biology and chemistry to engineering, mathematics and physics.

Amount per Award:  Up to $1.625 million
Duration of Award:  5 – 7 Years
Number of Awards:  6 Awards


UW-Madison is allowed one nomination in total. The nomination can be in one of the three available Pathway award types:

Initiator Award (for researchers in postdoctoral training)
Eligible applicants must currently be in research training positions (post-doctoral fellow, research fellowship) and have no more than seven years of research training following terminal doctoral degree. Applicants cannot concurrently hold an NIH K99/R00 grant. Candidates must be identified through institutional nomination; applications will be accepted only from individuals with the appropriate institution support.

Initiator Guidelines

Accelerator Award (for early-career diabetes investigators)
Awards are available to early-career diabetes investigators proposing innovative and ambitious diabetes-related research programs. Applicants must hold faculty positions and have demonstrated independent productivity in diabetes research. Applicants may currently hold independent NIH funding (K, U or R awards, including an initial R01/U01) but must not have applied for, or received, an R01/U01 renewal or a second R01/U01 award. Candidates must be identified through institutional nomination; applications will be accepted only from individuals with the appropriate institution support.

Accelerator Guidelines

Visionary Award (for established investigators, new to diabetes)
Supports established, experienced investigators with strong records of outstanding productivity in fields outside of diabetes who are interested in applying their considerable skills and expertise to diabetes research.  Applicants must hold established faculty positions and have demonstrated significant productivity in their current field of research. Applicants cannot have previously received national grant support (NIH, NIDDK, ADA, JDRF, etc.), as either a PI or Co-PI, in diabetes or diabetes-related research.

Visionary Guidelines


Internal Competition Application Instructions

Applications for Internal Review

To submit your application, follow this link:

Please include the following information:

1) Cover Page

2) Category of Application: Initiator, Accelerator, Visionary

3) NIH Biographical Sketch (5 page maximum)

4) Annotated Publications (1 page maximum) Provide a list of your five most impactful publications to date and briefly describe the qualities of these publications that make them notable. Include examples that represent/demonstrate independence, innovative approaches and any other unique characteristics that demonstrate your qualifications for the award.

5) Research Strategy (4 page maximum)
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 to address this question. It should be written with a level of detail appropriate for reviewers who are knowledgeable of the field, but who may not be directly involved in the proposed area of research. The research strategy section is flexible in format and does not require a detailed project plan, description of methods or preliminary data. Figures are allowed, but must be included in the 4 page limit. The research strategy should address the following components:

a) Scientific question(s)/specific problem(s) to be addressed

b) Specific approach(es) that will be eployed

c) Significance and potential impact of the work

d) The potential risks and challenges, and how they will be overcome.  References may be included, but may not exceed 1 page and are not included in 4 page limit.

Sponsor Deadlines

Applications are due to ADA by July 03, 2017.