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Diabete$ Dollar$ Program

The Diabete$ Dollar$ Program is a new opportunity to support diabetes, insulin resistance, or metabolic syndrome research at UH and allow faculty to partner with our Diabetes Research Center.

The goal of the Diabete$ Dollar$ Program is to provide funds to investigators to further their research on diabetes, insulin resistance and metabolic syndrome by awarding Diabete$ Dollar$ to be used in any of the following cores for studies related to Diabetes: Animal Phenotyping, Genomics and Bioinformatics, Biostatistics, Animal MRI, Human MRI, and Histology. (Other cores may be requested for support but will be considered and approved on a case by case basis). The intention is that Diabete$ Dollar$ will complement your funding of your investigation versus fund a project exclusively. Applicants may apply to have an invoice from these cores partially paid for by the Diabete$ Dollar$ Program, up to a maximum of 50% of an invoice. An applicant may not receive more than $10,000 in any one year.

FUNDS MUST BE EXPENDED BY June 30, 2020 for the current year of funding of the program

A faculty member or postdoctoral fellow at the University of Hawaii (system) and partnering clinical settings (VA, Queen’s, etc.) is eligible to apply. Graduate students are not eligible. PIs with major funding stemming from infrastructure grants awarded in Hawaii, such as COBREs, INBREs, and Ola HAWAII may not be eligible and should seek approval for eligibility first on a case by case basis.

Investigators must be conducting research on diabetes, insulin resistance, or metabolic syndrome. Priority will be given to projects meeting more than one of the following criteria:

  1. Tenured or tenure-track faculty (or other highly stable clinical appointment)
  2. New or early stage investigator or postdoctoral fellow
  3. Clinical faculty status with well-developed investigation into diabetes
  4. Likelihood work will result in a publication (peer-reviewed journal article – evidence of high-quality journal publications is a plus)
  5. Likelihood of faculty securing external funding to support research (e.g., national grant, hospital, or government funds)
How to Apply
Submit the following documents in a single pdf by email to
  1. One-page document describing your research project and which core will further your research. Include your total request (an invoice or a proposed work quote) as well as your planned outcomes from your study, such as your journal article or your timetable to seek extramural funding to continue your work.
  2. NIH Biosketch
  3. NIH Other Support
  4. IRB and/or IACUC approval, if applicable
Review and Award Process
Scientific Review: The COBRE-Diabetes Resource Core Director, in consultation with the Executive Committee when necessary, will review applications on an on-going basis.

Funding Decision: Funding decisions will be based on the applicant’s research productivity, description of research, receipt of all documentation and likelihood that support from the Diabete$ Dollar$ Program will be leveraged into a promising project leading to academic publications or ultimately a competitive NIH grant application that is relevant to diabetes, insulin resistance and/or metabolic syndrome research.

Award Requirement: Should your research project result in a publication, you must cite the COBRE-Diabetes P20GM113134 using the following language: The project described was supported by Grant Number P20GM113134 from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences.

INQUIRIES: Dr. Olivier Le Saux or Dr. Rachel Boulay
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