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The Utah Diabetes and Metabolism Research Center sponsors several programs aimed at increasing the research competitiveness of UDMRC faculty investigators. 

Pilot & Feasibility Grant Program

The UDMRC hosts a yearly seed grant program designed to foster collaboration and develop new hypotheses and preliminary data that will allow competitive applications for extramural funding.

Since 2017, seed grant funding was made possible through Driving Out Diabetes, a Larry H. Miller Family Wellness Initiative. To learn more about this initiative, please see the Driving Out Diabetes website.

Innovation Mini Grant Program 

The goal of the UDMRC Innovation Mini Grant Program is to provide financial support for University of Utah faculty to develop new or more cost-effective methodologies in diabetes and/or metabolism research that will be utilized by the broader community. Examples could include developing new assays or new survey measures.  

The UDMRC will preferentially consider supporting methodology development in partnership with the University of Utah Health Sciences Center (HSC) Cores, but will consider other proposals on a case-by-case basis. Learn more here.

Extramural Grant Review Program

The Utah Diabetes and Metabolism Research Center recognizes the value of NIH-style peer review feedback of grant applications before submission.

We are piloting a program for external peer review of grant applications extramural multi-year grants totaling >$500K that focus on diabetes, obesity, or metabolism.

Find information on how to apply.

Grant Submission Project Management

For UDMRC investigators considering a large multi-PI grant submission to a federal agency, staff of the SVPHS Research Unit can help facilitate grant submissions.

Services include:

  • setting and sticking to timelines
  • scheduling team meetings
  • budget preparation
  • writing administrative grant sections
  • collecting and editing biosketches
  • revising/editing/synergizing grant documents
  • and other services as needed.


Scott Summers, PhD

Distinguished Professor and Chair
Department of Nutrition and Integrative Physiology

Jared P. Rutter, PhD

HHMI Investigator
Distinguished Professor of Biochemistry

Contact Us

Bridget Hughes, PhD

Director, Research Program Development
Senior Vice President of Health Sciences, Research Unit
Phone: 801-585-9304

Emily Kay

Senior Manager, Diabetes Strategic Initiatives
Senior Vice President of Health Sciences, Research Unit
Phone: 801-448-6325

Samantha Weeks, BS

Events & Communications Manager
Senior Vice President of Health Sciences, Research Unit
Phone: 443-417-3711