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Alzheimer’s Society opens new grant funding round

Update from Dr Clare Jonas

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It’s been a rocky year and a bit for both research funders and researchers, but Alzheimer’s Society is pleased to announce that we’ve now opened a call for new grant applications, closing 16th September 2021.

What kind of research does the Society fund?

As with previous grant rounds, our research funding is organised in two streams. In both streams, we will consider research related to any type of dementia and associated conditions.

  • Biomedical research. This includes but is not limited to preclinical, clinical, and translational work, brain tissue research, discovery and validation of biomarkers, neuropsychology, symptom management, and clinical trials.
  • Care, implementation, and public health research. This includes but is not limited to research related to the five goals of our Dementia Research Roadmap (prevention, maximising benefits, quality of life, enabling the dementia workforce, and quality and inclusivity of care). This research can be done through primary data collection or secondary analyses and should be focused on the needs of people with dementia, their families and informal carers, and/or professionals working in the field.

What kind of grants are available?

In this round we’ll be funding the following types of grants:

  • PhD studentships. Applications need to be made by the prospective supervisor and can be with or without a named student, so if you want us to fund your PhD, the first step is to contact the institution you’d like to host you, or the supervisor you want to work with.
  • Clinician and healthcare professionals training fellowships. These are for professionals working in dementia clinical or health services who want to work towards a higher research degree, usually a PhD. However, unlike our PhD studentships, you can apply directly to us rather than going through a supervisor.
  • Clinical training partnerships. Like the clinician and healthcare training fellowships, these are to support professionals working in dementia clinical or health services who want to work towards a higher degree. However, this grant is for institutions who want to support two or three fellows at a time, and the application should be made by someone working at that institution.
  • Research fellowships. These are for postdoctoral researchers who want to demonstrate their potential to be an independent researcher. As a guide, you should be looking to apply at this level if your PhD viva was in the last five years.
  • Senior fellowships. These are for researchers who want to build on an established track record in dementia research. You’ll need to be a minimum of five years from your PhD viva to apply at this level.
  • Project grants. These larger grants are for established researchers who want to carry out world-class dementia research.

You can apply for any of these grants in either of our research streams. Grants must be attached to a UK university, so you should be eligible to study or work in the UK, but you don’t have to be living in the UK at the time you apply. All our grants can be taken up full-time or part-time. If you’re applying for a full-time grant, senior fellowships last four years and all other grants last three years. Part-time grants can last longer than this.

We strongly encourage applicants to engage patients and the public in the development and testing of their research proposals and grant applications.

The submission deadline for all applications in this round is 16th September 2021.

The grant application process at Alzheimer’s Society

There are four steps to our funding decisions procedure after you’ve submitted your application. The whole process takes 6-7 months from submission deadline to notifications to successful applicants.

  1. Applications are peer-reviewed by external scientific experts and lay-reviewed by members of our Research Network. We use both these reviews to shortlist the best applications.
  2. Shortlisted applicants can respond to reviewers’ comments. Fellowship applicants are also invited to an interview with members of our Research Network and Grants Advisory Board, who are experts in clinical and academic research.
  3. Funding decisions are made by the Research Network and the Grants Advisory Board.
  4. Applicants are notified.

More information

You can find more information about our grants, including further details of each grant, guidance for applicants and a more detailed explanation of the process at https://www.alzheimers.org.uk/research/researchers/grants

Grant Writing Resources

Author

Dr Clare Jonas

Dr Clare Jonas is a Research Communications Officer at Alzheimer’s Society and enjoys being a two-way conduit between researchers and people affected by dementia. A former psychology lecturer, she left academia behind several years ago to become a science communicator and has never looked back. Aside from her work, she enjoys the music of Four Tet, climbing large hills, and attempting to guess the names of other people’s dogs. She firmly believes that her homeland of Cornwall is “a bit of the north that fell off,” an assertion which is received with some scepticism in Manchester, where she now lives.

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