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ADA Pathway to Stop Diabetes -- Internal competition deadline
Friday, March 09, 2018, 08:00am - 05:00pm
Contact Bob McGarrett, VPR: bob.mcgarrett@austin.utexas.edu



Internal Submission Deadline: 5:00 pm CST, Friday, March 9, 2018

Funding Organization’s Deadline: 4:00 pm CST, Monday, July 2, 2018

Discipline/Subject Area: Diabetes Research

Funding Available: $1,625,000.00

Documents Required for UT Internal Submission (to be submitted in this order as a single .pdf document)

  • Brief (2-page maximum) project summary
  • Current C.V.
  • List of collaborators on this project
  • Names of two (2) UT faculty members not related with this project who have knowledge of the area of proposed research who may be asked to serve as internal competition reviewers.

Overview of Opportunity

Pathway to Stop Diabetes is a bold, innovative initiative designed to radically transform diabetes research. Our Vision is simple yet revolutionary: find a new generation of brilliant scientists at the peak of their creativity, and provide them with freedom, autonomy, and the financial and professional resources to set them on the road to breakthrough discoveries.

This initiative enables scientists to advance not only their research, but also their careers. Pathway scientists have access to the Mentor Advisory Group, an annual Pathway symposia, select speaking opportunities, and innovative technologies, all designed to foster interactions and collaboration that will enable them to accelerate their research progress. 


  • Each institution is allowed a maximum of one nomination. The nomination can be in one of the three available Pathway award types:
  • Initiator (for researchers in postdoctoral training)
  • Accelerator (for early-career diabetes investigators)
  • Visionary (for established investigators, new to diabetes)

  • Nominees must have the appropriate full-time position to be eligible for the award at the sponsoring institution (postdoctoral fellow for Initiator, independent faculty appointment for Accelerator and Visionary).
  • Nominees are required to devote at least 75% of their total time and effort to research during the funding period.
  • Pathway will support creative scientists early in their diabetes research careers, or investigators who are established in other disciplines but would like to expand their focus to diabetes research. Through awards of $1.625 million over the course of up to seven years, the program will provide researchers the freedom, autonomy, time and focus needed to explore new ideas.
  • Pathway will consider applications directed toward topics relevant to the prevention, treatment and cure of all diabetes types (type 1, type 2 and gestational), diabetes-related disease states (obesity, pre-diabetes, and other insulin resistant states) and diabetes complications. The program intends to attract individuals with a broad range of expertise in various science and technology disciplines, including medicine, biology, chemistry, engineering, mathematics and physics to the field of diabetes research.
  • The Pathway program is highly competitive. Over the past five years of the program, the overall success rate for applications to the program has been approximately 5%. Success rates vary significantly depending on award mechanism, with Visionary being the most competitive with only a 3.7% success rate, Accelerator with a 4.8% success rate and Initiator with a 11.4% success rate.
  • Pathway 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.
  • Nomination of scientists from diverse backgrounds, including minority groups that are underrepresented in biomedical research, is strongly encouraged.
  • Pathway solicits nominations for candidates in all disciplines as applied to diabetes including medicine, biology, chemistry, computing, physics, mathematics and engineering.
  • This announcement provides only opportunity highlights. Please carefully review the sponsor's website for any requirements and expectations related to eligibility, budget, collaboration, priority research areas, letter of intent requirements, and review criteria before submitting to this internal competition.

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Important Dates: 

Documents due to OSP: 5pm CST, Friday, March 9, 2018

Funding Organization’s Deadline: 4:00 pm CST, Monday, July 2, 2018