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Immunotherapies Innovative Awards

Deadlines are 5:00 PM (Eastern). No extensions will be granted.

Milestone Date Status
Letter of Intent N/A
Application Oct 15, 2019 Passed
Award Notification Jan 31, 2020 Passed
Earliest Start Mar 01, 2020 Passed

Background & Purpose

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JDRF provides seed funding for highly innovative research with significant potential to accelerate the mission of JDRF. Proposals should address key outstanding questions and have the potential to lead to a change in the current paradigm or conventional wisdom and/or lead to a groundbreaking discovery. Preliminary data is not required in the proposal but the underlying premise, goal, or hypothesis must be plausible and testable and the proposal must be focused with a well-defined goal that is achievable within the timeframe of the award.

  • Specific information regarding JDRF’s Immunotherapies research priority area can be found here.
  • The proposal must not be related to existing JDRF-funded research unless it involves a novel concept or hypothesis.
  • The concept does not require preliminary evidence in T1D but must be applicable to T1D in the future.
  • The Innovative Grant Mechanism is not intended to support proposals aiming to incrementally advance existing hypotheses or ongoing areas of research, or proposals with the sole goal of generating novel reagents or resources.
  • Applications proposing novel strategies to deliver beta cell replacement therapies are of particular interest



Proposals may be submitted by domestic and foreign non-profit organizations, public and private, such as universities, colleges, hospitals, laboratories, units of state and local governments, and eligible agencies of the federal government. Innovative (but not pilot and research tool) proposals from for-profit organizations will also be considered. Applicants must hold an M.D., D.M.D., D.V.M., Ph.D., or equivalent and have a faculty position or equivalent at a college, university, medical school, or other research facility. There are no citizenship requirements for this program. To assure continued
excellence and diversity among applicants and awardees, JDRF welcomes proposals from all qualified individuals and encourages proposals from persons with disabilities, women, and members of minority groups underrepresented in the sciences.