European Foundation for the Study of Diabetes (EFSD)


Sanofi Programme for

Collaborative Clinical Diabetes Research

between European and Non-European Countries

Deadline for submission of applications: 

1 March 2015



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.

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Programme Research and Focus

EFSD and Sanofi have established this Programme to foster collaboration between clinical researchers in Europe and their colleagues working in named non-European countries, who might derive particular benefit from such a collaboration offering access to a leading research institute in Europe.

This year we are inviting applications only from investigators in the following countries: Brazil, India, Gulf States, Korea and Mexico

To achieve the goals and objectives of this Programme, EFSD and Sanofi invite applications by issuing this “Request for Applications” (RFA) which indicates joint funding as well as areas of research emphasis.

Mechanism of Support and Review

Research will be supported through the award of grants, each up to Euro 100,000, payable in the first year and in one instalment. The duration of the award may be one year or longer, depending upon the needs of the project and as justified in the application. EFSD may, on advisement from the Review Committee, recommend an award in a different amount than requested but which is considered more appropriate for the proposed studies.

Studies forming part of a larger project will be considered for funding but this will need to be well justified in the application (see Review Considerations).
Applications for an EFSD/Sanofi grant are invited from single non-profit institutions or groups of such institutions from any of the non-European countries listed above. The project must involve active collaboration with an identified partner working in Europe or one of its associated countries, with the proviso that at least 80% of the budget must be attributed to the principal investigator's institution. Funding may be requested for any aspect of the clinical research described in the application, including for example the principal investigator's salary and cost of travel between two collaborating centres.Contribution towards costs of research in the European partner centre may not exceed 20% of the total budget.
The principal investigator, any co-investigators and the European collaborator(s) must be normally employed 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. It is anticipated that applications will be received, reviewed and the successful project approved for funding by June 2015.
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 Review Committee.

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 is 1 March 2015.
All budgets are to be prepared in Euro. 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".

Application forms may be downloaded here

All applications must be prepared on the offical 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 email attachment to the following address before 12:00  midday (CET) on the deadline date: Foundation(at)

Review Considerations

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 studies 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?
  • Contribution towards a larger research project: Is the work described in the application intended as part of a larger project? If so, is there any overlap? Is there a clear explanation how the new work will contribute towards the overall success of that larger project? 

Reporting Requirements and Approval of Funding

All investigators funded by this Programme are required to submit a scientific 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/Sanofi research grant".

Competitive Renewal

Applications for a grant renewal 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.



October 2014

Application Deadline:

1 March 2015

Anticipated Award:

June 2015

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
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