American Diabetes Association Pathway to Stop Diabetes 2014

To: Chairs and Administrators, Departments in the Biological & Physical Sciences
Associate Deans for Research
School/College Research Administrators
From: Dave Schuster, Graduate School
Date:  April 16, 2014
Subject: American Diabetes Association - Pathway to Stop Diabetes


{excerpt}Notification of intent to submit is due at the Graduate School on:  April 25, 2014
Deadline for internal competition:  May 9, 2014{/excerpt}

Project Description:

The American Diabetes Association (ADA) Pathway Awards program 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.  There are two Grant Mechanisms under the Pathway Awards:

Initiator is a two-phased award designed to support the transition from mentored training to independent research faculty.   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. Phase 1 provides up to two years of support for mentored training at a maximum of $100,000 per year (including 10% indirect costs). Phase 2 provides up to five years of support for independent research at a maximum of $325,000 per year (including 30% indirect costs).

Accelerator award is designed to support exceptional early-career diabetes researchers or established investigators changing their focus to diabetes research.   Awards provide five years of research support at a maximum of $325,000 per year (including 30% indirect costs) and are available to individuals with records of independent productivity in research, in two distinct categories:

    Early Investigator: 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 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.

   Established Investigator New to Diabetes Research: Established investigators with exceptional productivity in fields other than diabetes research who would like to apply their expertise to innovative diabetes-related research topics. Applicants must hold faculty positions and have demonstrated independent productivity. Applicants cannot have previously received national grant support in diabetes research.


The number of proposals UW–Madison may submit is limited to one in total.


This contains additional information on the program and specific application instructions.

Internal Competition Application Instructions:

Notice of intent: Send an email message to with subject line: “ADA Pathway-PI Last Name" by April 25, 2014 to inform us of your intention to submit.

Please include in your e-mail:

  • PI Name and contact information
  • Title of PI
  • Category of application (Initiator, Accelerator-Early Investigator or Accelerator-New to Diabetes Research)

Applications for internal review:  Send your pdf application for internal competition to with subject line "ADA Pathway-PI Last Name" by May 9, 2014.

Your application for the internal competition should include the following information:

  • PI Name and contact information
  • Title of proposal
  • Biosketch (either NIH or American Diabetes Association format, 4 page maximum)
  • Research Strategy including problems to be addressed, scientific approaches that will be employed, impact of work and risks and challenges (4 page maximum)

For the project selected, the proposal must be submitted through the
ADA Grant Management site located at
Applications are due to the Sponsor by July 1, 2014.

If you have any questions, contact Dave Schuster (608) 263-7274 or email