IDF Centres of Excellence in Diabetes Care

Last update: 02/01/2020

An IDF Centre of Excellence is a diabetes institution (clinical/research institute) designated by IDF to form part of an international collaborative coluntary network to initiate, coordinate, facilitate and conduct holistic diabetes service and multidisciplinary education in diabetes and other related chronic diseases.

A new call for applications is open until 31 January 2020. Learn more and apply below.

IDF Vision

To be eligible to become an IDF Centre of Excellence in Diabetes Care, the institution commits to the following:

  • Willingness to play a key role in the vision and contribute to the implementation of the IDF Global Strategic Plan.
  • Written commitment of leadership to support all IDF initiatives.
  • Commitment to work closely with and act as a reference point for the IDF Global office.
  • Willingness to accept and support review and assessment processes by IDF.
  • Willingness to abide by IDF values and beliefs.
Benefits of being part of the IDF Centres network


  1. Official IDF recognition as an organisation that IDF collaborates with to promote and further its mission.
  2. Join a global network of IDF Centres of Excellence.
  3. Global visibility of your institutional activities through IDF communication channels.
  4. Providing national/regional perspectives to issues of concern for IDF.
  5. Providing input to IDF initiatives, including global consultations on topics of importance to the global diabetes community (eg. access to diabetes care, discrimination).
  6. Support IDF in the development of high-quality programmes and resources to inform the improvement of diabetes care, education and prevention at the national, regional and global levels.

Advocacy: invitation to support and contribute to IDF advocacy through:

  • Priority access to the advocacy materials (toolkits, policy briefings, calls to action) IDF develops on occasion of relevant international meetings, including the World Health Assembly, UN High Level Meetings (such as the one on Universal Health Coverage of September 2019), and the G7 and G20 Leaders’ Summits.
  • Access to information about IDF advocacy campaigns, including instructions on how to get involved (e.g., Universal Health Coverage selfie campaign on social media)Updates about the Blue Circle Voices (BCV) network, including the opportunity to nominate new members and access to the BCV consultations reports.

Education: opportunities for collaboration and recognition include:

  • Call for nomination of experts from your institution to be part of committees and working groups established to oversee the development of IDF programmes.
  • Providing input into IDF scientific papers, position statements and other project resources, as required.
  • Participation in the IDF Congress3 abstract review process, through the nomination of experts in relevant fields.
  • A reduced registration fee for members of your institution to attend the IDF Congress (subject to Congress committee pre-approval).

World Diabetes Day and Diabetes Awareness Month

  • Priority access to the world’s largest diabetes awareness campaign resources, key messages and materials of the campaign and organising awareness activities during the month of November. IDF will provide tailored campaign materials (toolkit, posters, infographics, other visuals) and communications (e-alerts, press releases) that can be adapted to local settings.
  • The support and contributions of IDF Centres will be recognised through IDF World Diabetes Day communications channels (website, e-alerts, social media).

Diabetes Voice - the online magazine of IDF

Profile the activities of your Centre through regular contributions highlighting issues of relevance to people affected by diabetes in your country or region.

Eligibility Criteria

Applicant institutions must meet the following eligibility criteria. The criteria mentionned below are exhaustive. Your application will not be reviewed if one of them is missing:

  • Be a clinical institution with a multidisciplinary team of health professionals actively involved in diabetes care, prevention and advocacy.
  • Be operational for at least 15 years, be legally registered within a jurisdiction and have a physwical address.
  • Have a Board/Governing body and an ethical committee.
  • State-of-the-art infrastructure providing diabetes care services and education.
  • Provide education to multidisciplinary health professionals.
  • Provide care and education focused on people with diabetes and their families.
  • Contributed to recent research studies.
  • Capable of paying the applicable fee (exception for Government/NGO/Not-For-Profit Institution coming from low-income countries)
Application Process

 IDF will appoint centres based on a competitive application process:

  • Each institute will be independently evaluated before it is selected and must meet a high standard of care for the treatment of people with diabetes
  • Please find below the two-years application fee which will be charged for each selected Centre of Excellence:
Country Category Type of Institution Fee
Low Income Country Government, NGO, Not-For-Profit Free*
Other Government/Public Universities/ NGO/Not-For-Profit 2500 Euro
  Private Institution 5000 Euro

*If eligible and based on IDF criteria. Final decision remains with the School Committee.

Payments accepted: Credit card, Bank transfer or PayPal


  • Each selected Centre will be allowed to use the designation "IDF Centre of Excellence in Diabetes Care" and the dedicated logo.
  • All selected Centres will be published on the IFD website with a dedicated web link.
Useful Documents
Submit your application

Applications can be submitted through an online form available at the link below. Before applying, please consult the Application Overview, which describes the different sections and questions. The deadline for submission is the 31st of January, 2020.

  • Fill in each section of online application, following the on-screen instructions. You can review your application before submission.
  • When you have completed all the required fields, your application is ready to be sent by clicking on "Submit". Please note that once submitted, you will no longer be able to modify your application.


For any queries regarding the application form, please email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. using the following subject line: "IDF Centre Application Query - <Name of your institute> - <Country Name>"

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