General information

The first four rounds of funding for BRIDGES have been completed. Information about further rounds will be made available here.


June 2011
Deadline to receive applications
December 2007
October 2009
March 2011
March 2012


Expertise and experience is sought from: behavourial scientifists, health services researchers, epidemiologists, economists, sociologists, psychologists, anthropologists, political scientists, medical information experts, biostatisticians, community experts, people living with diabetes, physicians, nurses, social workers, clinicians, nutritionists, physical activity experts and pharmacists.

There is also the possibility of partnering with researchers/institutions/organizations in different countries, regions and communities.


Relevant topics include:

  • Methods to improve health care delivery for patients with or at risk of diabetes
  • Strategies to enhance diabetes self management
  • Methods to develop strategies to promote healthy lifestyles to reduce the risk of diabetes
  • New cost effective ways to identify people with pre-diabetes and treat diabetes

Important considerations are the cost-effectiveness and sustainability of the intervention(s) proposed and the ability of interventions to be widely disseminated in settings such as representative health care systems, schools, worksites or other community settings.

BRIDGES will not fund:

  • Basic sciences research
  • Projects designed to test pharmaceuticals
  • Projects designed to test disease mechanisms
  • Projects that may construed as project development, marketing or sales interventions

Applications should:

  • Test cost effective and sustainable strategies that go beyondresearch settings to achieve control of glycemia and other risk factorsfor diabetic complications, including hypertension and dysilipedemia oralteration in lifestyle to prevent or reverse obesity, pre-diabetes andtype 2 diabetes in at risk populations.
  • have the clear ability to be applied beyond research settings and be widely implemented in existing settings.
  • be as close to cost neutral as possible.
  • focus on novel approaches to health care delivery and diabetes prevention.

Proposals focusing on high risk and underserved populations disproportionately affected by diabetes are encouraged. Proposals in which the main focus is on development and validation of culturally appropriate materials are not considered responsive.

Consideration for project review

Reviewers will focus on the following criteria:

  • Goals/hypothesis/procedure
  • Research value/ significance of the project
  • Investigator qualifications and demonstration of competence for conducting work in the area
  • Suitable and operational facilities
  • Participants welfare/ ethical approval and practice/potential benefits for the participants
  • Budget appropriateness and justification
  • Regional/cultural appropriateness, local support

Duration of projects

Short term projects: Maximum 2 years
Long term projects: Maximum 3 years

Maximum amount allocated per project

Short term projects: up to USD 65,000
Long term projects: up to USD 400,000
(overhead: up to a maximum of 10% of the funding)