EFSD European Diabetes Research Programme in Patient
Supported by an educational grant from AstraZeneca/Bristol-Myers Squibb
Request for Applications
Deadline for submission of applications:
15 January 2013
The European Foundation for the Study of Diabetes (EFSD) was
created by the European Association for the Study of Diabetes (EASD) to provide
multiple funding initiatives in all areas of diabetes research. The aims of EFSD
are to encourage and support research in the field of diabetes, to rapidly
diffuse acquired knowledge and to facilitate its application.
and AstraZeneca entered into a
collaboration in January 2007.
The Bristol-Myers Squibb/AstraZeneca diabetes
collaboration is dedicated to global patient care, improving patient outcomes
and creating a new vision for the treatment of type 2 diabetes.
Programme and Research Focus
has established this new European Diabetes Research Programme in Patient
Education to encourage new projects aimed at advancing current knowledge in this
To achieve the goals and objectives of this Programme, EFSD invite applications
by issuing this "Request for Applications" (RFA), which indicates joint funding
as well as areas of research
emphasis. The EFSD European Diabetes Research
Programme in Patient Education will support
research into the
clinical and medical evaluation of the following:
the potential impact of educational and disease management programmes
focusing on holistic approaches to patients with type 2 diabetes,
patient engagement and better understanding of the complex
physiological and behavioural
aspects of the disease;
- efficacy of patient education in
overcoming psychosocial challenges in type 2 diabetes.
of Patient Education
Patient education has an impact in several areas of long-term
patient management. Patient education increases patients' understanding of
diabetes, it can prevent or delay complications and reduce the number and
duration of hospitalisations, which in turn can improve quality of life and
glycaemic outcome. Different methods of teaching people self-management
practices and providing appropriate support may improve the effectiveness of
diabetes self-management in the long term, with substantial potential benefit
not only on quality of life, but also on health care costs.
Mechanism of Support and Review
Research will be supported through the award of grants, each of up to
Euro 200,000. The duration of
each award may be one year or longer, depending upon the needs of the project
and as justified in the application.
The Programme Board, at the suggestion of the Review Committee, may at its
discretion recommend an award in a lin a different amount from
that requested, but which is considered more appropriate for the proposed
Applications for an EFSD research grant are
invited from single non-profit institutions or groups of such institutions from
Europe and associated countries. The principal investigator and any
co-investigators must be employed full-time at a non-profit institution and the
study must be performed at their place of work.
Applications will be subject to scientific review by a specialised ad hoc
committee. Funding will require approval by an EFSD Board convened for this
purpose. Prior to any final decision on funding, and in order to offer applicants the
opportunity to benefit from the review process, EFSD reserves the right to
request revision to applications in accordance with the recommendations of the
It is anticipated that applications will be received, reviewed and approved for
funding by April 2013.
Research Grant Applications
Applications for research grants may be subjected to
pre-review (or triage) procedures. In this event, any application rejected at
pre-review will not be subject to a complete scientific review. The deadline for
receipt of research grant applications for funding this year
15 January 2013.
Research grants for the purposes of this
Programme are up to Euro 200,000.
All budgets are to be prepared in Euro. For countries in which
the Euro is not yet the common currency, the exchange rate (between the Euro and
the local currency in the country where the work is to be performed) used for
calculating the Euro budget must be mentioned under "Budget Justification".
All applications must be prepared on the official application form and completed
in strict accordance with the detailed instructions to be found on these forms. Applications which do not comply with the
instructions given in the application form will not be considered for review.
Please send your application as one complete PDF e-mail
attachment to the following address before 12:00 noon (CET) on the deadline
Please send your application in PDF
form as an email attachment by 12:00 on the deadline date, to the following
Completed applications will be evaluated in accordance with the criteria stated below for scientific/technical
merit by an appropriate scientific committee convened by EFSD.
Review criteria are as follows:
- Significance: Does the study address an important problem in keeping with the goals and focus areas of this Programme? If the aims of the application are achieved, how will scientific knowledge be advanced? What will be the effect of the proposed studies on the concepts or methods that drive this field?
- Approach: Are the conceptual framework, design, methods and analyses adequately developed, well integrated, and appropriate to the aims of the project?
Are they supported by preliminary data? Does the applicant acknowledge potential problem areas and consider alternative tactics?
- Innovation: Does the project employ novel concepts, approaches or methods? Are the aims original and innovative? Does the project challenge existing paradigms or develop new methodologies or technologies?
- Investigator: Is the investigator appropriately trained and well suited to carry out this work? Is the work proposed appropriate to the experience level of the principal investigator and other researchers, if any?
- Environment: Does the scientific environment in which the work will be done contribute to the probability of success? Do the proposed experiments take advantage of unique features of the scientific environment or employ useful collaborative arrangements? Is there evidence of institutional support?
- Budget: Is the requested budget appropriate for the proposed study?
All investigators funded by this Programme are required to
submit a scientific progress report at the end of the project period.
For those projects where
funding is distributed over a period of more than one year, interim progress
reports will also be required. Such
reports will be subject to assessment prior to the release of any further funds.
Investigators must provide EFSD with copies of papers
accepted for publication, and must acknowledge the support of the Programme in
all written material by use of the
phrase: "supported by an EFSD/AZ-BMS research grant".
Applications for a grant renewal grant will be accepted on a competitive basis,
with the same review process as described in this Announcement. Such
applications will thus be considered in the same fashion as all other new
applications received for review and without any special priority.
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Enquiries should be directed to:
European Foundation for the Study of Diabetes
Rheindorfer Weg 3
40591 Düsseldorf, Germany
Tel: +49-211-75 84 69 0
Fax: + 49-211-75 84 69 29