Our Projects

See our approved research projects and campaigns.

A New Approach to Disrupting the Onset of T1D
$35,000 of $50,000 raised
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Looking Beyond Beta Cells for Management of T1D
$41,050 of $50,000 raised
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Diabetes Research Connection | General Fund | 2020
$273,541 of $300,000 raised
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Why Should You Donate

100% of your donation, directed to a research project, will go to that scientist’s laboratory.

Currently 1.25 million Americans live with type 1 diabetes (T1D), including 200,000 children. Approximately 40,000 new patients are diagnosed yearly. Despite this, funding has decreased for research to prevent, cure, and better manage the disease. What diabetes funding is available generally goes to established scientists.

About Us

We grant up to $50,000 to support each research project.

The Diabetes Research Connection is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization headquartered in San Diego, California. Established in 2012 by five tireless proponents of diabetes research, our mission is to connect donors with early-career scientists enabling them to perform peer-reviewed, novel research designed to prevent and cure type 1 diabetes, minimize its complications and improve the quality of life for those living with the disease.

  • I Believe the Mission of the Diabetes Research Connection is Vital!

    “Entering my fourth decade of type 1 diabetes research, it is quite remarkable to look back and see how research seeking to identify answers to the questions of how this disease develops and how the disorder could be cured have changed. No one could have envisioned the difficulty of obtaining research funding, especially for young people. For these reasons, I believe the mission of the Diabetes Research Connection is vital! It offers hope for the future of both those with type 1 diabetes and young investigators committed to making a major change possible. I fully support DRC and am committed to seeing it prosper.”
    Mark Atkinson, Ph.D.
    Director, University of Florida Diabetes Institute

  • Agata Jur - UMass

    We Need to Invest in Young Scientists

    “There is a need for increased collaborative efforts to eradicate diabetes. We need to invest in young scientists with new and fresh ideas that are willing to dedicate their career to study diabetes. Federal funding for young investigators in basic research is getting harder to acquire, so private funding is critical to invest in novel ideas to help young scientists in their quest for the cure.”
    Agata Jurczyk, Ph.D.
    University of Massachusetts Medical School

  • Alberto Hayek_DRC

    Advancing Efforts of Early-Career Scientists

    “The Diabetes Research Connection is advancing the efforts of early-career scientists whose innovative proposals for diabetes investigations may be overlooked by government funding agencies in favor of more conventional research.”
    Alberto Hayek, M.D.
    President, Co-Founder and Chief Scientific Advisor at Diabetes Research Connection

  • Amy Adams

    Sometimes Diabetes Simply Cannot be Controlled

    “I support the Diabetes Research Connection because I believe that a cure is possible and may very well lie in a different direction than where traditional research has been focused. I want to support new promising paradigms of thought that are scientifically endorsed by experts in the field of diabetes. Diabetes Research Connection is the perfect platform for this type of investigation.”
    Amy Adams
    Mom to a son with type 1 diabetes

  • A Personal Reason to Support Diabetes Research

    “Several of my family members have or had diabetes. I have lived with T1D for 60 years. The Diabetes Research Connection is one of the most significant forces funding innovative diabetes research that will rid the planet of this disease and its complications.”
    David Winkler
    Chair, Co-Founder and Chief Financial Officer at Diabetes Research Connection

  • Dr. Charles King

    Committed to the Cure

    “The Diabetes Research Connection is a powerful breeding ground for new ideas in T1D research in the context of a supportive and enthusiastic community of supporters.”
    C.C. King
    Research Scientist, Secretary at Diabetes Research Connection

  • Funding Young Scientists to Pursue New, but Fully Vetted Ideas in Type 1 Diabetes Research

    “I love the concept of this organization: funding young scientists to pursue new, but fully vetted ideas in type 1 diabetes research. We need to continue to feed the developmental pipeline for research scientists and ideas in type 1. I love the idea of choosing where (to whom) my money goes and hearing directly from the scientists.”
    Chris Stiehl
    Supporter, Living with type 1 diabetes for over 60 years

  • The Diabetes Research Connection Expedites the Discovery Process

    “This is a fantastic method for funding scientific endeavors and represents a paradigm shift for supporting innovative basic diabetes research. The Diabetes Research Connection expedites the discovery process and ensures funding for the next generation of promising young researchers, leading to new discoveries and ways in which to prevent and cure type 1 diabetes.”
    Ivan Gayler


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