Annual Trainee Awards 2020/2021


Graduate, undergraduate and medical students, postdoctoral fellows, clinical fellows, and medical residents are invited to submit an abstract of their diabetes-related research for this competition. The top six abstracts will be selected to receive a prize.

Changes to this Year’s Program:
Normally, the top ten abstract submissions are invited to present a poster at the BBDC Scientific Day.  However, since there will be no BBDC Scientific Day in 2021 due to the Discovery of Insulin Centenary events, the top ten will not be presenting a poster this year.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • At the time of application submission, the trainee must be either:
    A) a registered University of Toronto graduate, undergraduate or medical student
    B) a postdoctoral fellow having received a PhD within the last 5 years
    C) a medical resident or clinical fellow having received an MD within the last 9 years
  • The trainee’s supervisor must hold a faculty appointment with the University of Toronto at the level of Associate, Assistant or Full Professor.
  • The trainees supervisor must be a registered member* of the BBDC at the time of abstract submission. (*Faculty who are new to the field of diabetes research and are not members of the BBDC can request free membership by contacting the Centre prior to submitting an abstract. For more information, please see the Membership section of this web site.)
  • The content of the abstract must be clearly and directly relevant to diabetes.
  • The trainee must be first author and must have made the major contribution to the work presented. If two trainees are co-first authors, both trainees will be considered. If the abstract is selected to receive a prize, the prize must be shared between the two trainees.
  • The trainee’s primary supervisor listed on the application form must be one of the abstract authors.
  • The abstract must have been written within the last year (at the time of application submission deadline).
  • A trainee may not submit more than one abstract.
  • Abstracts that were submitted to this competition last year should not be submitted again this year unless additional experiments have been conducted and new data has been obtained. The abstract must clearly explain how the research project has progressed since the last abstract submission.
  • Trainees who won a prize in last year’s competition may not submit an abstract on the same work for this competition. The abstract must contain new research.

Relevance to Diabetes:

This funding program supports original research on the physiology and pathophysiology of diabetes that would be published in a diabetes-focused journal. Abstracts can include any aspect of laboratory, animal, or human research. Areas of research which are considered relevant to diabetes include the pathogenesis of diabetes and its complications, normal and pathological pancreatic islet function and intermediary metabolism, pharmacological mechanisms of drug and hormone action, and biochemical and molecular aspects of normal and abnormal biological processes. The content of the abstract must specifically state the direct relevance of the work to diabetes in order to receive a favourable score.


Under normal circumstances, six prizes will be awarded. The prizes normally consist of a gift card ranging in value between $400 for first prize and $100 for honourable mention prizes.  Prize values may vary.

Evaluation Criteria:

Abstracts will be evaluation on the following criteria:

  • The content of the abstract must clearly demonstrate the direct relevance of the work to diabetes.
  • The abstract must be well-written
  • Demonstration of novel findings
  • A minor component of the evaluation may be based on any other criteria that the reviewers consider relevant to this competition.

Abstracts will first be screened by the BBDC Trainee Advancement & Development Committee to select the top ten. The top ten abstracts will then be rated by two BBDC members to select the prize winners.

Application Procedure:

Submit a completed application form to the BBDC by the deadline date. See the application form for complete instructions.

Download the 2020/2021 Annual Trainee Awards application form and submission instructions (PDF)

Application Deadline:

Applications must be received by 4 p.m., January 19, 2021.  Late or incomplete submissions will not be considered.


All applicants will be notified in late April 2021.  Funding decisions will also be posted on this website.


Rose LaBarbera
Phone: (416) 978-4656