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Diabetes Centers

NIDDK’s Diabetes Centers program supports extramural research institutions that have established an existing base of high-quality, diabetes-related research.  A major activity of the Centers is to promote translational/clinical research—work that translates scientific findings into practice to improve the health of Americans with, or at risk for, diabetes (type 1 and type 2).  

There are two types of Diabetes Centers in the program:  

•    Diabetes Research Centers (DRCs)
•    Centers for Diabetes Translation Research (CDTRs) 

The program supports and enhances interdisciplinary research in diabetes but does not directly fund major research projects; rather, it provides core resources to enhance the efficiency, productivity, and interdisciplinary cooperation of a group of established investigators conducting research in diabetes and related areas of endocrinology and metabolism.  Diabetes Centers aim to integrate basic, behavioral, and translational research, and to promote research with clinical relevance with an emphasis on prevention and intervention—including prototype development and refinement of products, tools, measures, techniques, processes, methods, and practices.  

The Centers have two primary structural components: 

•    Shared resources (cores)
•    Pilot and feasibility studies  

Shared resources are core facilities, or other cooperative arrangements, that enhance productivity or in other ways benefit research programs by investigators working to accomplish common goals.  Pilot and feasibility studies can have a major impact on the visibility of a Center and should provide a means of developing new ideas and encouraging junior investigators or investigators new to the field.


 NIDDK Staff

Christine Hunter, Ph.D., ABPPBehavioral research on the prevention and treatment of obesity and diabetes; Centers for Diabetes Translational
James Hyde, Ph.D.​Neurobiology of energy balance and body composition in obesity; diabetes centers; career development (“K”) programs


 Related Funding Opportunities

Posted DateTitleFull Announcement
9/4/2014Advancing Interventions to Improve Medication Adherence (R01) (Summary) PA-14-334
8/27/2014Consortium on Beta-cell Death and Survival (HIRN-CBDS) (UC4) (Summary) RFA-DK-14-021
8/26/2014Type 1 Diabetes Complications IMPACT Award (DP3) (Summary) RFA-DK-14-017
8/25/2014Identification of Novel Targets and Pathways Mediating Weight Loss, Diabetes Resolution and Related Metabolic Disease after Bariatric Surgery in Humans (R01) (Summary) RFA-DK-14-025
8/20/2014Limited Competition: Data Coordinating Center for Type 1 Diabetes TrialNet (UC4) (Summary) RFA-DK-14-507
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​The resources listed below include reagents, data, protocols, etc.  If you would like to utilize any of these resources, contact the person associated with the resource.

 Research Resources

Resource NameDescription
Action to Control Cardiovascular Disease Risk in Diabetes Follow-up Study
ACCORDION (sponsored by NHLBI) is a prospective, observational follow-up study of at least 8000 participants who were treated and followed in the Action to Control Cardiovascular Risk in Diabetes (ACCORD) Trial.  Treatment in ACCORD ended in 2009 and…
Action for Health in Diabetes
Look AHEAD is a 16-center, randomized clinical trial investigating the long-term health effects of an intensive lifestyle intervention designed to produce weight loss. Look AHEAD enrolled 5,145 overweight or obese participants with type 2 diabetes…
Diabetic Complications Consortium
The goal of the NIDDK-sponsored Diabetic Complications Consortium (DiaComp) is to foster communication and collaboration between investigator communities involved in complications research.  Toward this goal, DiaComp: (1) sponsors annual meetings in…
Type 1 Diabetes-Rapid Access to Intervention Development
Type 1 Diabetes-Rapid Access to Intervention Development (T1D-RAID): T1D-RAID is not accepting new applications at this time, but currently supports ongoing projects. The goal of T1D-RAID is to facilitate translation from the lab to the clinic of…
Hyperglycemia and Pregnancy Outcomes Follow-Up Study Consortium

The goal of this follow-up study of mothers who participated in the Hyperglycemia and Adverse Pregnancy Outcomes (HAPO) study, is to determine the levels of blood sugar during pregnancy that are linked to increased body fat in the child, and to a…


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 NIDDK Active Trials in Diabetes

View related clinical trials from ClinicalTrials.gov.


 Related Study Sections

​Study sections conduct initial peer review of applications in a designated scientific area.View related study sections​ from the NIH's Center for Scientific Review.​