Pilot Project Grants

2017 Application deadline is now CLOSED.

The 2017 ADI Pilot Project grant competition requires the submission of a Letter of Intent (LOI).

Implementation of the LOI will help ensure that the proposed Pilot Projects meet the eligibility criteria before the full proposals enter the peer review process. This will reduce the number of full applications at the peer review stage and increase the likelihood of success for projects who do get invited for full application. Projects invited to the full application stage will be selected from these LOIs using the metrics described below.

Principal applicants for the ADI Pilot Project competition must be ADI Members and any Alberta-based researcher that is a fulltime faculty appointee is eligible to be a co-applicant. ADI Members can be a principal applicant on one grant and a co-applicant on one other, or they may be a co-applicant on two submissions but they cannot be a principal applicant on more than one grant submission.

Indicate in your LOI if you are applying for funding provided by the Alberta Diabetes Foundation (maximum $30,000) or funding from the University Hospital Foundation/ C.F. “Curly” and Gladys B. MacLachlan Fund/ Paddy and Ken Webb and Family Fund (maximum $50,000). If applying for the MacLachlan, please note it is in support of pilot research specifically involving: 1) islet transplantation or beta cell replacement/regeneration therapies; 2) prevention or delay of islet destruction; and 3) other relevant strategies aimed at finding a cure for type 1 diabetes.

All funding is to be utilized in a 12 – 18 month period.


For the purpose of these awards, Pilot Research is considered to be highly novel, hypothesis-driven research related to a better understanding of or treatment for diabetes. Results of these projects should have the potential to foster entirely new thinking and directions for diabetes research. Pilot Project grants are intended to produce preliminary data which can be used to generate publications and presentations as well as pursue additional external funding or support for translational research. Pilot research may be at the cellular, animal model or human subject (intervention or nonintervention) level and is typically aimed at establishing correlations.

In summary, research projects should be:

  • Novel - not an extension of existing or previous research
  • Hypothesis-driven
  • Unassociated with other funding
  • Aimed at generating preliminary results that have potential for further development towards clinical or public health application

LOI Format

If you are interested in applying for ADI Pilot Project funding, please submit a 1-2 page LOI using 12 pt Times New Roman font (1.5 line spacing) saved as a PDF. In the letter, please include and address the following:

  1. Name of applicant and co-applicants (if any)
  2. Project title
  3. Applying for ADF (up to $30,000) or MacLachlan (up to $50,000)
  4. Brief description of the proposal, objectives/hypotheses and methodology, expenditures
  5. Potential next steps following completion of this project

Letter of Intent submission deadline is now CLOSED

ADI Pilot Project