Islet Award Initiative

The IIDP is pleased to announce the new IIDP Islet Award Initiative (IIDP-IAI), replacing the previous IIDP Pilot Program, which will provide human islets to investigators without the need of a paid subscription. This new program is being supported by generous contributions from JDRF. Applications are now being accepted for 2018.


The IIDP Islet Award Initiative is intended to advance research in human islet biology by facilitating the ability of researchers to access human islets for high impact and novel research studies. The number of IIDP Islet Awards funded under this initiative will be determined in any single year based on available resources.

Key Dates:

Posted Date:                                    January 18, 2018
Application Due Date(s):               Triannual: February 1, June 1, and October 1
Scientific Review:                            6-12 weeks post receipt

Start Date:                                       Successful awardees will be given access to the IIDP islet procurement network within 3 months of application due date

Award Information:

  • Resources provided under the IIDP-IAI are for islets only. No funding will be provided for personnel, equipment, travel, supplies or other costs to perform work supported under the IIDP-IAI award.
  • The maximum islet allocation that may be requested under the IIDP-IAI will be 100,000 IEQs.
  • Islet allocations awarded under this program must be expended within 24 months of the award date.
  • New investigators are encouraged to apply, but must hold an independent research position that automatically confers eligibility, by the applicant’s institutional policy, for an investigator to apply for R01 grants. Institutions should provide evidence of commitment to facilities to be used for the conduct of the proposed research. A letter from the Division Chief or Department Chair will be required to confirm independent status of investigator. Investigators still in training or mentored status (postdoctoral fellows) are not eligible to apply.
  • Established investigators who have never previously used human islets in their research studies, or who wish to perform experiments to collect initial data in support of a new and novel concept, must clearly justify their request by providing evidence that resources provided under the IIDP Islet Award program do not duplicate or overlap with existing funding.
Given limited resources, investigators will be eligible to receive only one award under the IIDP-islet award initiative program.

Application and Submission Information:
  • All applications will receive an initial administrative review to verify investigator eligibility, ensure the study is responsive to the goals of the IIDP-IAI program, and verify that the study does not duplicate aims supported by current funding.
  • All applications deemed responsive to this initiative will be evaluated for scientific and technical merit using external peer review.
    • Each application will receive a primary review by external referees. Applications will be scored based on their Significance, Investigator(s), Innovation, Approach, Environment, and Overall Impact based on the NIH Scoring System for Research Applications .
    • External Peer Review is anticipated to take 6-12 weeks.
  • Applications will compete for available funds with all other applications submitted in response to this funding opportunity. NIH will make final funding decisions, with consideration of the following:
    • Scientific and technical merit of the proposed project as determined by scientific peer review.
    • Availability of funds.
    • Relevance of the proposed project to program priorities.
  • Consistent with NIH and HHS policies regarding the sharing of data and resources with the scientific community (http://grants.nih.gov/grants/sharing.htm), awardees are expected to inform IIDP of any publications or funding emanating from use of these resources.
  • Awardees must acknowledge all posters, manuscripts or scientific materials that are generated in part or whole using resources provided by the IIDP-Islet Award Initiative using the following text: “Support for this work provided by the Integrated Islet Distribution – Islet Award Initiative (IIDP-IAI; https://iidp.coh.org/Investigators/Islet-Award-Initiative).
  • The IIDP-Islet Award Initiative program may be terminated by the IIDP at any time, particularly if islet demand exceeds islet supply.
Contact Information:

Janice Sowinski, Coordinator
IIDP-Islet Award Program
City of Hope, Duarte California
Phone: 626-536-5641
Email: jsowinski@coh.org