Diabetes Research Centers (DRCs)

May 2020 Council

Lead Division/Office


Point(s) of Contact

Corinne M. Silva, Ph.D.

Executive Summary

The Diabetes Research Centers (DRCs) program has been ongoing for over 40 years with current support of funding for 16 DRCs across the US. The DRCs promote new discoveries and enhance scientific progress through support of cutting-edge basic and clinical research related to the etiology and complications of diabetes, endocrine and metabolic disorders.

The goal of the DRCs is to serve as a key component of the overall NIH/NIDDK plan to improve health of Americans with diabetes and related endocrine and metabolic disorders. DRCs are intended to improve the quality and multidisciplinary nature of research on diabetes by providing shared access to specialized and technical resources and expertise. DRCs facilitate progress in research with the goal of developing new methods to treat, prevent and ultimately cure diabetes mellitus and its complications.

The DRCs are part of an integrated program of diabetes and related endocrinology and metabolism research. DRCs support extramural research institutions that have established an existing base of high-quality, diabetes related research. Centers provide increased, cost effective collaboration among multidisciplinary groups of investigators at institutions with an established, comprehensive research base in diabetes and related areas of endocrinology and metabolism.