Alberta Diabetes Institute : Johnson & Johnson Diabetes Research Fund

In partnership with Johnson & Johnson (J&J), the Alberta Diabetes Foundation (ADF) and the Government of Alberta, the Alberta Diabetes Institute is pleased to invite applications from Alberta-based investigators or teams of investigators for the Alberta Diabetes Institute : Johnson & Johnson Diabetes Research Fund. The fund is aimed at supporting research in either Type I or Type II diabetes with a focus on novel, discovery research and a high potential for commercialization. 

2017 LOI application deadline is now CLOSED.

The application process will include a Letter of Intent (LOI) reviewed by a review committee that includes industry representation. Please review key information including important dates, eligibility and conditions and guidelines. This will be followed by invitation for full application. Up to a maximum of $50,000 for one year including indirect costs may be requested.

Frequently Asked Questions 

Q.  What are the limitations on publication of research results? 

A.  Awardees must submit all material developed for public disclosure (including publications, meeting presentations, etc.) based on the project to the fund Steering Committee at least 30 days before disclosure.  They will also be required to submit a final progress report to the Committee following completion of the project, after which there will be a 30 day review period.This process will ensure that intellectual property (IP) pertaining to the project is protected, but will not affect the researcher's ability to publish the results of the study. 

Q.  Who retains ownership of any intellectual property generated from the project? 

A.  Any intellectual property generated from the fund is retained by the Awardee. J&J  have the first right of refusal to enter into negotiations with the Awardee, but there is no obligation for either party to negotiate a licence or other transaction. 

Q.  The announcement says "$50,000 including indirect costs".  Will the Universities impose their own indirect costs on the award? What indirect costs or overhead are allowed on the project budget by the Investigator? 

A.   Indirect costs have already been deducted from the joint fund and paid to the University of Alberta, so awardees will receive the full award amount - other Institutions are not allowed to deduct additional indirect costs. The Investigators themselves are being allowed to budget for administrative overhead costs, which are incidental expenses like protocol approvals, special training, packaging/shipping, set up costs, etc. that are directly related to the project. Technical labor directly related to the project is also an acceptable expense.  It would not be acceptable to use part of the grant to cover fixed overhead expenses such as telephones, office supplies or administrative/secretarial personnel. So any administrative overhead costs that are directly linked with the project can be budgeted, but it would be expected that these are a minor component of the budget. 

Q.  What is the makeup of the Review Committee?  The Steering Committee? 

A.  The Review Committee, which reviews and makes decisions on proposals, will be chaired by Dr. Peter Light (Director of the ADI) and will have equal representation from the ADI and J&J (2 representatives each). The fund Steering Committee, which will oversee the financial and operational aspects of the fund, will have equal representation from ADI, ADF, the Government of Alberta, J&J, and the Universities of Alberta and Calgary (one representative each).

2016 Fund Recipients (News Release)