European Foundation for the Study of Diabetes (EFSD)

Janssen Programme for the Study of the Role of the Kidney in Diabetes

Request for Applications

Deadline date:1 October 2014


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.

Janssen represents the pharmaceutical companies of Johnson and Johnson, one of the leading healthcare companies in the world. Janssen develops and markets innovative, high-quality pharmaceutical products and services aimed at improving quality of life for people with medical needs across the world, with metabolic diseases as a key area of scientific interest.

Programme Research and Focus

The EFSD and Janssen partnership encourages new projects aimed at advancing current knowledge in the role of the kidney in diabetes.

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

The EFSD/Janssen Programme for the Study of the Role of the Kidney in Diabetes is intended to stimulate and accelerate European research aimed at understanding the role of the kidney in diabetes. The emphasis of the Programme is on renal glucose handling and metabolism, and in particular its physiological and pathophysiological role in type 2 diabetes. To achieve its goals, the partnership seeks to support basic and clinical research in this scientific area.

Mechanism of Support and Review

Research will be supported through the award of grants, each of up to Euro 100,000 for European research projects. The duration of each award may be one year or longer, depending upon the needs of the project and as justified in the application. EFSD may, at the suggestion of the Review Committee, recommend an award in a lessr amount considered more appropriate for the proposed studies.

Applications for an EFSD/Janssen 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 and funding will require approval by an EFSD Board convened for this purpose. It is anticipated that applications will be received, reviewed and approved for funding by January 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 October 2014.

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".

Application forms may be downloaded here

All applications must be prepared on the official forms 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 date:

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Review Considerations

Completed applications will be evaluated in accordance with the criteria stated below for scientific/technical merit by an appropriate scientific committee.

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? 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?

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/Janssen research grant".

Competitive Renewal

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.


Announcement: June 2014
Application Deadline: 1 October 2014
Anticipated Award: January 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
Fax: + 49-211-75 84 69 29
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