The International Diabetes Federation is pleased to announce the launch of BRIDGES Research Net, a grant programme that aims to reproduce and implement successful interventions developed by IDF BRIDGES-supported projects.
Since the launch of BRIDGES  in 2007, 38 translational research projects in 34 countries have received our support in terms of the provision of both financing and mentoring.
“Our aim has always been to sponsor projects which can be replicated”, commented Professor Linda Siminerio, Chair of BRIDGES Executive Committee. “Therefore, we always concentrated on quality rather than quantity when selecting recipients for our grants. Today, with the launch of BRIDGES Research Net, we are going one step further: we are supporting the replication of the successful interventions that we originally supported”.
The concept of BRIDGES Research Net is based on BRIDGES D-START , in which an intervention that has proven successful in one country is used as a call for tender to be reproduced and implemented elsewhere. Applicants will need to explain how they will adapt the chosen intervention culturally and socially to its new context, and demonstrate strong support for their project from local authorities.
The selected applicants will receive a full week of training onsite by the Principal Investigator of the replicated intervention prior to the start of the intervention, as well as ongoing support.
This first round of BRIDGES Research Net will replicate a proven project focussing on improving diabetes foot care – “The Impact of the Initiation of an Educational and Preventive Foot Care Centre for People with Diabetes in Alexandria, Egypt”.
BRIDGES is an IDF programme supported by an educational grant from Lilly Diabetes.