JDRF Canada - Brain Canada Addressing Mental Health in Type 1 Diabetes

The JDRF Canada –Brain Canada Addressing Mental Health in Type 1 Diabetes Team Grants aim to supportresearch on the development, validation, or implementation of interventions that address mental health concerns in people with type 1 diabetes. The ultimate goal is to support the development and testing of sustainable, scalable approaches that will enable improved support for Canadians who live with type 1 diabetes and are affected by mental health disorders, and that will translate into better quality of life and diabetes-related health outcomes for these populations.

This Request for Applications (RFA) may support projects with interventions of interest including but not limited to:

  • Behavioural health interventions;
  • Peer support programsfor people with type 1 diabetes;
  • Clinical algorithms to improve and/or standardize screening, identification,and referral for mental health disorders in people with type 1 diabetes;
  • Interventions that aim to prevent, and thereby substantially reduce the incidence of, mental health disorders in people with type 1 diabetes.

Mental health disorders that are of particular interest include but are not limited to:

  • Depression;
  • Anxiety;
  • Eating disorders;
  • Diabetes distress.

Finally, interventions that address the following high-risk groups are of particular interest:

  • Children & adolescents(aged0-18);
  • Young adults(aged19-30);
  • Diverse populations;
    • This includes but is not limited to:
      • Indigenous peoples; members of theLGBTQ+ community; racialized communities; those that self-identify as low socio-economic status; people not in employment, education or training; and individuals in rural and remote areas.


Academic appointments must have started by the Full Application submission deadline. Investigators must be considered an independent researcher at their institution. Such an individual normally holds the rank of assistant, associate, or full professor; can initiate and direct their own independent lines of research as principal investigator; has full responsibility for running their research group; has full control of their research funds; and is permitted to supervise trainees (if applicable, as per their institution’s policy). Postdoctoral fellows or adjunct faculty are not eligible to apply.

The Principal Applicant must hold a PhD, MD, or a qualification as a registered social worker, counsellor, clinician, or other allied health professional.


Webinar for applicants: July 28, 12:00 ET
Registration deadline: September 15, 17:00 ET
Notification of registration outcome: September 22
Full application deadline: October 28, 17:00
Earliest notification decision: February 10
Earliest funding start date: March 1

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Brain Canada
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$250,000 for 2 years
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External Deadline: 
Wednesday, September 15, 2021
Internal Deadline: 
Wednesday, September 8, 2021
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