The American Diabetes Association (ADA) is requesting applications for research focused on the impact of diabetes on health disparities and the impact of health disparities on diabetes and its complications. The Request for Applications can be found here.

The application deadline for a postdoctoral fellowship is May 3 at 5 p.m. The award start date is July 1.

The innovative clinical or translational science award opens with a letter of interest (LOI) on April 26. The (LOI) is due June 7 at 5 p.m. An invitation from the ADA to apply will be sent on July 26. The grant application closes Aug. 30. The award start date is Nov. 15.

The junior faculty award also opens with an LOI on April 26. The LOI is due June 7 at 5 p.m. An invitation to apply from the ADA will be sent July 26. The grant application window closes Aug. 30. The award start date is Nov. 15.


ADA Award Windows and Deadline

According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, health disparities are defined as differences in health that are closely linked with social or economic disadvantage. Health disparities adversely affect groups of people who have systematically experienced greater social and/or economic obstacles to health based on their racial or ethnic group; religion; socioeconomic status; gender; age; mental health; cognitive, sensory, or physical disability; sexual orientation; geographic location; or other characteristics historically linked to discrimination or exclusion.

Research Scope

For this funding opportunity, attention must focus on, and hypotheses should reflect, the impact of race/ethnicity, socioeconomic status, health care access, and/or other direct factors that underlie diabetes health disparities, and applications should describe how results of the proposed research will transform assessment and treatment of underserved groups and their potential to significantly improve outcomes in diabetes or its complications. The ADA encourages formative research, intervention development, and pilot-testing of interventions. For the purposes of this funding initiative, interventions may include behavioral, social, or structural approaches, as well as combination biomedical and behavioral approaches that prevent and/or improve clinical outcomes for people living with diabetes.

All applications must be submitted through our online grant portal. Please visit the ADA Research Programs website at for full program details and application instructions for each grant type.

Questions about this request for applications should be addressed to:

Submitted by Tom Ewing, Associate Dean for Graduate Studies and Research