Institute for Diabetes, Obesity and Metabolism

The Institute for Diabetes, Obesity and Metabolism at the University of Minnesota is uniquely poised to become a premier research institute that is focused on advancing knowledge of the pathophysiology of diabetes and its complications through cutting edge research.


The mission of the Institute for Diabetes, Obesity and Metabolism (IDOM) is to enhance research quality by growing multidisciplinary collaborations in diabetes research by creating a rich environment that unites diabetes investigators through enrichment and training opportunities, to provide access to pilot funds, and to make cost-effective animal physiology services available to members of the IDOM. Our goal is to create the environment and infrastructure necessary to support funded diabetes investigators and the integration of their data into our greater understanding of the whole of diabetes.

We are committed to creating a research environment that supports fundamental projects designed to understand the basic biology of the disease and then translating these findings to humans. This commitment will ensure that our basic findings are relevant to the human model and support of the development of new ways to prevent and treat the disease and its complications.

How to Join

Individuals applying for membership should submit a current CV and a cover letter to with the subject IDOM membership request. The cover letter should include:

  • Why the investigator wants to join the Institute for Diabetes, Obesity and Metabolism
  • What expertise and research interests he/she brings, and
  • An idea of the collaboration or research in which he/she would like to engage.

Pilot & Feasibility

The Pilot and Feasibility Program of IDOM will provide time-limited seed funding to investigators to generate or strengthen preliminary data that will increase their competitiveness for receiving substantial competitive extramural grant funding. These awards seek to support new and innovative research projects that will increase the understanding of fundamental mechanisms that inform the pathophysiology of diabetes and its complications. Requests for applications will be announced once a year. Proposals will be prioritized to support proposals that meet the following criteria.

  • Studies by early-stage investigators with a research interest in diabetes or obesity who have not yet secured independent extramural, peer-reviewed grant support.
  • Studies by established investigators with expertise in other areas to apply this expertise to address a question that is directly related to diabetes or obesity.
  • Studies by established investigators in diabetes or obesity to pursue a question in a totally different area from his/her current research field.
  • Studies proposed between clinical and basic investigators (new or established) to test a question of translational relevance to diabetes or obesity.

Three awards of $90,000 will be given each year. Investigators may request up to 10% of their effort on the award. Applications will be rigorously reviewed by the Leadership Team and external reviewers they select.

Awardees will be carefully monitored to ensure they follow the timeline requested in the application and information about publications/grant applications that result from the funds will be collected.

Check back soon for information on how to apply. Applications will be due in Spring 2020.

Post-Doctoral Training

In existence since 1977, the post-doctoral training program in diabetes, endocrinology, and metabolism at the University of Minnesota has prepared MDs and PhDs for successful research careers in academic medicine. This preparation has centered upon the critical interaction between the trainee and the research mentor.

All mentors in this program have national or international reputations in their respective areas and have strong track records in mentoring. Our faculty have expertise in cellular metabolism and genetics; endocrinology and signaling; neurobiology and appetite regulation of obesity; stem cell biology, autoimmunity, and β-cell biology; and clinical aspects of endocrine disease.

Trainees enter the program after they have either completed a residency program in internal medicine or received a PhD in a biological science at a major research University. Graduates of the program are established at Universities and research institutions worldwide.

Current opportunities

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