Funding Opportunities

Bringing together the latest opportunities from the main UK research funders

We try to collate all dementia research funding opportunities that open to UK researchers. To find funding that is right for you, use the filters to the side of this page. The listings include summary information, and links to the source page. If you are searching for a PhD or Fellowship post, our jobs section may also be of interest.
If you are based elsewhere in the world you will find more grant calls on the Alz Forum.

If you are a dementia research funder, you can add your call directly to our listings via our advertise page (note you will need to register an account to do this).


  • 21/543 Efficacy trials in regenerative medicine

    The Efficacy and Mechanism Evaluation (EME) Programme is accepting stage 1 applications to their commissioned workstream.

    07/12/2021   |   National Institute for Health Research
  • 21/544 Mechanisms of action of health interventions

    The Efficacy and Mechanism Evaluation (EME) Programme is accepting stage 1 applications to their commissioned workstream for this funding opportunity.

    07/12/2021   |   National Institute for Health Research
  • 21/545 Efficacy and Mechanism Evaluation Programme researcher-led

    The Efficacy and Mechanism Evaluation (EME) Programme is accepting stage 1 applications to their researcher-led workstream.

    07/12/2021   |   National Institute for Health Research
  • 21/546 NIHR NICE rolling call (EME Programme)

    The Efficacy and Mechanism Evaluation Programme is accepting Stage 1 applications to this funding opportunity.

    07/12/2021   |   National Institute for Health Research
  • 21/550 Public Health Research Programme researcher-led

    The Public Health Research Programme are accepting stage 1 applications to their researcher-led workstream.

    30/11/2021   |   National Institute for Health Research
  • 21/551 Continuing priority research topics of interest to the PHR Programme

    The Public Health Research Programme are accepting stage 1 applications to their commissioned workstream for this topic. For this call, we wish to draw your attention to the following commissioning briefs that we have previously advertised. These represent enduring gaps in our portfolio that we would like to fill with high quality research.

    30/11/2021   |   National Institute for Health Research
  • 21/554 Health Technology Assessment Programme Researcher-led

    The Health Technology Assessment Programme is accepting stage 1 applications to their researcher-led workstream.

    05/01/2022   |   National Institute for Health Research
  • 21/555 Health Technology Assessment Programme Researcher-led

    The Health Technology Assessment Programme is accepting stage 1 evidence synthesis applications to their researcher-led workstream.

    05/01/2022   |   National Institute for Health Research
  • 21/559 Dementia research call – Health Technology Assessment (HTA) Programme

    Funding to continue building the evidence base, to improve the lives of people affected by dementia.

    05/01/2022   |   National Institute for Health Research
  • 21/560 NIHR James Lind Alliance Priority Setting Partnerships rolling call (PHR Programme)

    The Public Health Research Programme are accepting stage 1 applications to their researcher-led workstream.

    30/11/2021   |   National Institute for Health Research
  • 21/562 Early detection of disease

    The Efficacy and Mechanism Evaluation (EME) Programme is accepting applications, this is not a Dementia specific call, but the NIHR would encourage Dementia Researchers to apply as part of their highlight notice.

    07/12/2021   |   National Institute for Health Research
  • 21/563 Dementia research call – Efficacy and Mechanism Evaluation Programme

    The Efficacy and Mechanism Evaluation (EME) Programme is accepting stage one applications to this funding opportunity. Dementia is a growing challenge that has become one of the most important health and social care issues facing the world. We need to continue building the evidence base, to improve the lives of people affected by dementia.

    07/12/2021   |   National Institute for Health Research
  • 21/564 – Dementia research call – Public Health Research

    The Public Health Research (PHR) Programme is accepting stage one applications to this funding opportunity. Dementia is a growing challenge that has become one of the most important health and social care issues facing the world. We need to continue building the evidence base, to improve the lives of people affected by dementia.

    30/11/2021   |   National Institute for Health Research
  • Accelerator Programme

    New Accelerator Programme to invest in innovations to improve the lives of people affected by dementia.

    15/11/2021   |   Alzheimer's Society
  • Ageing across the life course interdisciplinary research network

    BBSRC and MRC seek to establish a group of challenge-led, interdisciplinary research networks that will bring together novel and diverse groupings of researchers and stakeholders. The aim is to enhance collaboration, building interdisciplinary communities and knowledge exchange in the field of ageing research.

    13/10/2021   |   BBSRCMedical Research Council
  • Building responsible neurotechnology research capability

    EPSRC, in partnership with MRC, invites proposals for ‘network plus’ grants that build capability for responsible research across the breadth of neuro-technologies.

    08/10/2021   |   Engineering and Physical Sciences Research CouncilMedical Research Council
  • Clinical Research Training Fellowship

    The ABN and ARUK Clinical Research Training Fellowship scheme provides 3-year clinical research training fellowships in neurological disciplines resulting in a PhD.

    13/09/2021   |   Alzheimer's Research UKAssociation of British Neurologists
  • Clinical Research Training Scholarship in FTD

    This award aims to recognize the importance of good clinical research and to encourage young investigators in FTD.

    01/10/2021   |   American Academy of Neurology
  • Clinical Research Training Scholarship in Lewy Body Diseases

    This award aims to recognize the importance of good clinical research and to encourage early career investigators in Lewy body diseases.

    01/10/2021   |   American Academy of Neurology
  • Clinical Research Training Scholarship in Parkinson’s Disease

    This award aims to recognize the importance of clinical research and to encourage young investigators in clinical studies in Parkinson’s disease.

    01/10/2021   |   American Academy of Neurology
  • Daphne Jackson fellowship

    These fellowships are for those looking to return to a research career after a break of two or more years for family, health or caring reasons.

    31/12/2021   |   Medical Research CouncilThe Daphne Jackson Trust
  • Dementia Highlight Notice

    This National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) call invites proposals for dementia research to address important health and social care questions.

    31/10/2021   |   National Institute for Health Research
  • Dementia research call – Health Services and Delivery Research Programme (HS&DR)

    The Health Services and Delivery Research (HS&DR) Programme aims to produce rigorous and relevant evidence to improve the quality, accessibility and organisation of health and social care services.

    07/10/2021   |   National Institute for Health Research
  • Development and Skills Enhancement Award Round 8

    The Development and Skills Enhancement Award (DSE) provides a maximum of 1 year of funding for post-doctoral NIHR Academy Members to gain skills and experience for the next phase of their research career.

    30/11/2021   |   National Institute for Health Research
  • Developmental pathway funding scheme

    Funding for academically led pre-clinical development and early clinical testing of novel therapeutics, devices and diagnostics, including repurposing of existing therapies.

    24/11/2021   |   Medical Research Council
  • Don Whitley ECS Travel Grant

    This travel grant is to support ECS Members to attend SfAM events only.

    31/12/2021   |   Society for Applied Microbiology
  • FAPESP Pump-Priming Awards (FAPPA)

    Call status: Open Application deadline: apply at any time* *at least 12 weeks before the proposed start of the project Funded through responsive mode This award is run jointly with Brazil’s São Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP). See the guidance notes for more details. Aim To pump-prime collaborations between scientists in the UK and the São…

      |   BBSRC
  • Harkness Fellowships in Health Care Policy and Practice

    The Commonwealth Fund’s Harkness Fellowships in Health Care Policy and Practice for 2022-23 provide a unique leadership development opportunity for mid-career research professionals who are committed to advancing healthcare policy and practice.

    01/11/2021   |   The Commonwealth Fund
  • International Travel Award Scheme (ITAS)

    To help scientists add an international dimension to their BBSRC-funded research by making and establishing new contacts with international counterparts.

      |   BBSRC
  • Knowledge Transfer Partnership

    Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTPs) accelerate business innovation by supporting knowledge exchange with academic institutions. KTP operates through an open call which includes the entirety of BBSRC’s remit.

      |   BBSRC
  • Neurosciences and mental health new investigator research grants

    Neurosciences and Mental Health Board grants are for researchers who are ready to take the next step towards becoming an independent principal investigator with clear host institution support.

    29/09/2021   |   Medical Research Council
  • Neurosciences and mental health partnership grants

    Partnership grant to support new partnerships between diverse groups of researchers in the area of neurosciences and mental health.

    29/09/2021   |   Medical Research Council
  • Neurosciences and mental health programme grant

    Programme grants provide large, long-term and renewable programme funding for researchers working in the area of neurosciences and mental health research.

    29/09/2021   |   Medical Research Council
  • Neurosciences and mental health research grant

    Funding is available from MRC’s Neurosciences and Mental Health Board to support focused research projects on neurosciences and mental health.

    29/09/2021   |   Medical Research Council
  • New investigator grant

    Awarding new investigator grants to support new researchers at the start of their careers, based at research organisations eligible for UKRI funding, to become independent researchers through gaining experience of managing and leading research projects and teams.

    31/12/2021   |   Economic and Social Research Council
  • Open Science Prize 2021

    This prize will go to an individual or a group of individuals who have demonstrated, maintained, enhanced, valorized, and/or delivered Open Science practices, policies, and/or tools that have had a demonstrable impact on neuroscience research.

    21/10/2021   |   Irving and Helga Cooper FoundationThe Neuro
  • Outreach and Engagement Grant

    This grant is designed to support activities where aspects of microbiology are promoted to the general public and other relevant stakeholders (or to create resources used for education and training). Proposals eligible for support can be very diverse, from pieces of art and drama to popular music, or funds may be used to aid individuals to attend and exhibit at public science festivals, or in collaborations with schools and community groups. Resources promoting microbiology that may also be considered for support could consist of the following: personal time and materials in the design, production and delivery of items such as software, books, videos and other items used in education.

    31/12/2021   |   Society for Applied Microbiology
  • Pilot projects

    The Pilot project scheme is meant for novel research ideas that if successful would lead to a Major project or programme application to Alzheimer’s Research UK or other funding body.

    08/10/2021   |   Alzheimer's Research UK
  • Professional Development Support Grant

    SfAM offers the opportunity for its members to apply for financial assistance in support of attending conferences, training programmes to learn new techniques or acquire new knowledge, or scientific meetings and workshops that are consistent with the Society’s objectives.

    31/12/2021   |   Society for Applied Microbiology
  • Professional Internships for PhD Students

    Placements in BBSRC Swindon Office. Call status: Open Application deadline: apply at any time A key component of our Doctoral Training Partnership programme (DTP) is the Professional Internship for PhD Students (PIPS) – a 3-month integrated placement to provide BBSRC-funded DTP PhD students the opportunity to carry out a work placement unrelated to their doctoral research during…

      |   BBSRC
  • Public engagement award

    We are offering awards of up to £1,500 to support NC3Rs-funded researchers past and present to engage the public with the approaches being taken to replace, reduce and refine animal use in science.

    31/12/2021   |   National Centre for the Replacement Refinement & Reduction of Animals in Research
  • Research Fellowships – The Leverhulme Trust

    Research Fellowships are open to experienced researchers, particularly those who are or have been prevented by routine duties from completing a programme of original research.

    31/12/2021   |   The Leverhulme Trust
  • Research for Patient Benefit – Competition 46

    Applications are invited for research proposals that are concerned with the day-to-day practice of health service staff, and which have the potential to have an impact on the health or wellbeing of patients and users of the NHS.

    10/11/2021   |   National Institute for Health Research
  • Research for Social Care – Dementia funding call

    The NIHR Research for Social Care (RfSC) call is inviting proposals for studies to address important social care questions relating to dementia.

    19/10/2021   |   National Institute for Health Research
  • Research for Social Care – Mental health call

    The NIHR Research for Social Care (RfSC) call invites proposals for research to address important social care questions around mental health in Northern England.

    19/10/2021   |   National Institute for Health Research
  • Research into inclusive ageing

    Apply for research on inclusive ageing

    30/11/2021   |   Economic and Social Research Council
  • Research Project Grants – The Leverhulme Trust

    For researchers based at universities, institutions of higher education or registered charities with university-equivalent research capacity, to undertake an innovative and original research project.

    21/03/2021   |   The Leverhulme Trust
  • Research, Development and Analysis Fund – Nuffield Foundation

    Nuffield Foundation has a two-stage application process. Applicants submit a short outline application, and those that meet our criteria are invited to submit a full application, which is subject to independent peer review and considered by Trustees.

    01/03/2020   |   Nuffield Foundation
  • Robert Katzman MD Clinical Training Scholarship

    This award aims to recognize the importance of good clinical research and to encourage early-career investigators in clinical studies related to Alzheimer’s and related dementias.

    01/10/2021   |   American Academy of Neurology
  • Transforming care and health at home and enabling independence

    Funding to address key issues at the intersection of housing, social care and health, which specifically focus on transforming care and / or health at home enabling independence.

    21/10/2021   |   National Institute for Health ResearchUK Research and Innovation
  • Working with Luxembourg researchers

    You can submit a collaborative research proposal in any area of the social sciences within the remit of both the ESRC and FNR.

    31/12/2021   |   Economic and Social Research Council

Dementia Research Funders Forum

The Dementia Research Funders Forum (DRFF) is a meeting of UK charity and public sector funders of dementia research. The purpose of the DRFF is to exchange information and coordinate activity in order to help shape the dementia funding environment at the national level. From time to time the DRFF provides reports to  the Department of Health Programme Board on Dementia, which is responsible for delivering the Government’s Challenge on Dementia to 2020.

Membership of the DRFF comprises representatives from: Alzheimer’s Research UK (Chair), Alzheimer’s Society, AHRC, Department of Health, EPSRC, ESRC, MND Association, MRC, NIHR, Parkinson’s UK, STFC, Stroke Association,  Wellcome Trust.

For further information or for funders who wish to join the group please contact research@alzheimersresearchuk.org

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