The Columbia Diabetes Research Center (DRC) announces the availability of Pilot and Feasibility grants to support diabetes-related research at Columbia University. New awards will be funded by February 1, 2017.

Instructions are also available in PDF format.


Three types of applications will be considered:

  1. Proposals from young investigators - who have not had any prior funding through this or similar programs - to carry out preliminary studies to be used for an NIH, ADA or JDRF grant application;
  2. Proposals for innovative/high risk projects by established investigators in the field of diabetes;
  3. Proposals from established investigators, without prior funding in diabetes, who wish to undertake a diabetes related project.


Please note that graduate students and post-doctoral fellows are NOT eligible to apply.


Applicants may request up to $50,000 per year for up to two years. Indirect costs are NOT applicable. A second year of funding will be based on demonstrated progress and availability of funds. The awards can be used for salary support and research expenses. Proposals will be reviewed by two outside experts. 


  • Letter of Intent: October 1, 2016
  • Completed application: November 1, 2016
  • Decisions made: Early 2017 for Feb. 1, 2017 start date


Letter of intent

Please submit a letter of intent online (click here stating the applicant’s name, campus address and brief outline of the proposed research, as well as other pertinent information, such as current use of DRC facilities and current diabetes-related funding. Append the new NIH-type biography: biosketch sample.

Letters of intent should be addressed to:

Rudolph Leibel, M.D.
Associate Director for Pilot & Feasibility Programs
c/o Terra Chinn
Diabetes Research Center
Berrie Research Pavilion Room 238
1150 Saint Nicholas Avenue
New York, NY 10032

Upon approval of the letter of intent, applicants will receive a complete application package with forms and instructions.

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