The UK Medical Research Council (MRC), the UK Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) are pleased to invite proposals to the UK-Canada Diabetes Partnership Initiative.

This initiative will provide funding for approximately six collaborative research project teams focused on tackling diabetes in the UK and Canada.

Through the UK-Canada Diabetes Research Team Grants, MRC, ESRC and CIHR aim to:

  • support world-leading collaborative research teams aimed at tackling diabetes
  • enhance existing partnerships and develop new partnerships between the UK and Canada in the area of diabetes research
  • strengthen the strategic relationship between the UK and Canada.

The scope of the call includes opportunities for social scientists to work alongside biomedical researchers on human implementation pilot studies to reverse type 2 diabetes through physical activity and nutrition. Social scientists can bring an understanding of, for example, individual behaviour, economic evaluation, inequalities, the wider political economy, and wider environmental influences.

This call is meant to focus on research applicable to UK and Canadian settings, not on global health.

Key dates 


The deadline for the compulsory Intention to Submit (in both countries) is 28 August 2019, by 23:00 (UK time) for researchers based in the UK and by 20:00 Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) for researchers based in Canada.

The full proposal must be submitted to the MRC via the UKRI Joint electronic submission (Je-S) system by 16:00 (UK time) on September 25 2019.

Canadian applicants must also submit an abbreviated application to CIHR via ResearchNet by 20:00 (EDT) on the same date: September 25 2019. 

Full information can be found on the MRC call webpage.