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Lawson Foundation announces new funding for for diabetes prevention, treatment and management focused on children and youthLearn more here.

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CLOSED: 2014-15 Diabetes Funding Opportunity - Call for Letters of Intent

Letter of Intent Submission Deadline - Monday, January 20, 2014 at 6:00 pm ET

Invitation to submit Proposal - Monday, March 31, 2014 at 6:00 pm ET

Full Proposal Submission Deadline –  Monday, May 5, 2014 at 6:00 pm ET
   Notification of Funding Decision – June 30,2014 


The Lawson Foundation is a family foundation whose purpose is to enrich the quality of life in Canada through grants to registered charitable organizations.

Lawson Diabetes Program


A Canadian population with reduced rates of diabetes and diabetes-related complications.


  1. To improve the health of people with or at risk of developing diabetes through research, care and improved/sustained self-management.
  2. To slow the forecasted trends in the burden and impact of diabetes.

Request for applications

The Lawson Foundation invites letters of intent to strengthen the delivery of diabetes prevention, care and management programs and services through innovation, translational research, knowledge translation and quality improvement.

Please review descriptions of projects funded in previous funding rounds.

Two-step Process

1.    Call for Letters of Intent

Key Project Selection Criteria:


  • Project has the potential to create a model and/or best practice(s) applicable to other settings; project is informed by research and guided by best/promising practices for the target vulnerable* population and/or specific care gap.

* Vulnerable means populations living with or at high risk of diabetes, including the elderly, frail, young adult, children, mentally ill, pregnant, and institutionalized.

Vulnerable populations and/or a significant care gap

  • Description of target population includes high-risk characteristics and/or description of a significant care gap.

Engagement of the target population and/or the community (people living with diabetes, relatives and support groups, health care providers, and/or communities of practice) 

  • Target population and community are engaged in the project’s priorities and processes and results will be shared in a meaningful manner.
  • Project design is culturally relevant and culturally sensitive for the target population, where applicable.
  • Project’s approach aims to build human capacity in the target population and/or community (or community of practice), through relationships, reach, participatory research, etc.
  • One example of a “community of practice” would be a group(s) of specialists coming together in an effort to answer a specific practice question and to recruit patients.

Effective inter-professional/multi-disciplinary/cross-sectoral collaboration

  • Project’s scope is strengthened by people, organizations and institutions that connect and engage in purposeful ways.
  • Partnerships are meaningful, viable and diverse and help build bridges across disciplines and/or professions.


  • Vision and plan are articulated for the project’s continuation after the grant to strengthen and support the community’s efforts to prevent and manage diabetes.
  • Project is aligned with federal, provincial/territorial or regional health priorities and project team includes appropriate system representatives. If a project is not aligned with system priorities, the letter of intent must present a strong case for support.

 2.     Invitation to submit a Full Proposal

 Additional Project Selection Criteria:

Evaluation plan

  • Project has a realistic and effective evaluation framework that supports project development and measures project outcomes against benchmarks.
  • Project team uses evaluation expertise.

Knowledge sharing and translation plan

  • Project results will be prepared and presented in an accessible way and shared broadly through a variety of methods, e.g., community presentations, conferences, publications.
  • Project has a realistic and effective plan to move/help knowledge users move project results into programs, practice and/or policy.


Applicant organizations must have a Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) registered charitable number and operate in Canada.

Project leaders must demonstrate involvement with the delivery of prevention, care and management programs and services for vunerable populations with or at high risk of diabetes. University or hospital affiliation is not required.

We regret that the Diabetes Funding Opportunity is unable to support: Basic science research; population-wide health promotion initiatives; therapeutic interventions involving drugs/natural products and unproven therapies; scholarships; continuing education of applicant(s); operating budgets of service agencies or educational institutions; projects already completed; or direct support for individuals, including for the purchase of assistive devices and medical supplies.

Period of support

Applications can be made for one year or two years.

Funding available

Maximum grant amount is $200,000 payable over 24 months (maximum $100,000 per 12-month period). 

The 2014-15 round of funding plans to award $2,000,000 to projects that best meet the criteria.

Instructions to apply online  

  1. Read about previous Lawson Foundation diabetes grants to reduce duplication of effort and identify potential partners.
  2. Preferred web browsers are Mozilla Firefox 3.0 or higher and Internet Explorer 7.0 or higher with popups allowed.
  3. Fix site display problems with Compatibility View (Internet Explorer)
  4. Preview the sample letter of intent application.
  5. We regret that we are unable to accept responses to this funding opportunity by mail, facsimile or email.
  6. Please submit your letters of intent in English.



  Application process time line

Step 1

Call for Letters of Intent

November 15, 2013

Letter of Intent submission deadline

Monday, January 20, 2014 at 6:00 pm ET

Notification of receipt of Letter of Intent

Upon submission

Step 2

Invitation to submit Proposal

Monday, March 31, 2014

Proposal submission deadline

Monday, May 5, 2014 at 6:00 pm ET

Notification of funding decision

June 30, 2014 



Karen Shelstad, Program Manager – 519-667-5114 ext. 223

Karen Pischedda, Program Assistant – 519-667-5114 ext. 226

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