JDRF Research Grant Allocation

July 26, 2018

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This is the sixth annual review of JDRF research grant allocations. The main purpose of reviewing and sharing this data is to assess how JDRF is addressing the number one priority of donors: finding a cure for T1D.

In preparing this report, the JDCA reviewed every grant funded by JDRF during 2017, 494 projects in total (see Appendix C). The 494 research project abstracts are individually categorized by research type and development level. Source data, including research abstracts and financial information, is available to the public on the JDRF website.

The biggest takeaways for the JDCA audience are JDRF only funded two Practical Cure projects in 2017, Viacyte and Beta-02, and only 7 percent of the total JDRF budget was attributed to Cure Research (in vivo). Between 2016 and 2017, research grant spending remained relatively flat across all categories, with no research category increasing or decreasing by more than 3 percent in total research spending from 2016 to 2017.

However, growth trends from 2014 to 2017 (Appendix A) tell a different story which is underscored by a 21 percent decline in total research spending. By category, Cure Research (in vivo) spending declined by 48 percent, while Prevention and Basic/Exploratory research both increased by 64 and 87 percent, respectively. All other categories declined between 17 and 56 percent.

As noted in last's year report, Prevention efforts have received an increased focus over thepast several years, highlighting a shift in strategy away from Cure research. The increase in Prevention research is concerning for people living with established T1D, as it shifts emphasis away from Cure and Practical Cure research, which dropped from $27 million in 2014 to only $14 million in 2017.

Key Points

  • 38 percent of the total income ($79m) was used for funding research grants. Theremaining 62 percent was used for non-research activities such as operations, fundraising, and salaries (see Appendix B).
  • The amount spent on research grants declined by $21 million since 2014 ($100m; 45% of income).
  • 197 organizations received grants during 2017 (versus 210 in 2016).
  • The top five largest recipients collected 19 percent of total grant funding ($15.4m). Two of the top five recipients are for-profit entities (see Appendix D).
  • The top 10 largest for-profit entities collected 15 percent of total grant funding ($12m) (see Appendix E for a full list).
  • The largest individual research grant, in the amount of $3.7m, went to the JDRF Canadian Clinical Trial Network (CCTN). According to JDRF, CCTN is designed to conduct advanced clinical trials and create new partnerships between academic researchers, not-for-profit organizations, industry, and government (See Appendix D for a full list).

Appendix A: JDRF Grant Amount by Category

Appendix B: JDRF Grant as Percent of Total Income by Category

Appendix C: JDRF Grant Count by Year

Appendix D: Top Ten Individual Project Grants in 2017

Appendix E: Top Ten For-Profit Grant Recipients