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).


  • 2022 Part the Cloud Translational (PTC) Research for AD

    Funding for investigators from non-profit and small for-profit organizations to increase the research efforts in Phase I and Phase II clinical trials

    23/03/2023   |   Alzheimer's Association (US)
  • 21/600 Dementia research call – Public Health Research (PHR) Programme

    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.

    05/04/2022   |   National Institute for Health and Care Research
  • 22/107 Motor neurone disease highlight notice (EME Programme)

    The NIHR is inviting research proposals that seek to develop the critical underlying infrastructure to accelerate progress in and learning from MND clinical trials.

    06/12/2022   |   National Institute for Health and Care Research
  • 22/111 Mechanism of action of social care interventions

    The NIHR EME programme invites applications to investigate how social care interventions work, within existing and separately funded studies.

    06/12/2022   |   National Institute for Health and Care Research
  • 22/117 Health and Social Care Delivery Research Programme researcher-led

    The programme aims to commission research to provide findings which meet the needs of NHS and Social Care managers and leaders.

    16/11/2022   |   National Institute for Health and Care Research
  • 22/125 Improving access and use of services for people with speech, language, and communication needs

    The Health and Social Care Delivery Research (HSDR) Programme is interested in receiving high-quality research applications evaluating initiatives to reduce health inequalities and to improve access to or experiences of care for people with speech, language, and communication needs (SLCNs)

    16/11/2022   |   National Institute for Health and Care Research
  • 22/129 Motor neurone disease highlight notice (HTA Programme)

    The NIHR is inviting research proposals that seek to develop the critical underlying infrastructure to accelerate progress in and learning from MND clinical trials.

    05/01/2023   |   National Institute for Health and Care Research
  • 22/66 HSDR Health Communication and public health messaging

    The Health and Social Care Delivery Research HSDR Programme is accepting stage one applications to this funding opportunity.

    16/11/2022   |   National Institute for Health and Care Research
  • 22/67 HTA Health Communication and public health messaging

    The Health Technology Assessment Programme HTA is accepting stage 1 applications to their commissioned workstream for this primary research topic.

    29/11/2022   |   National Institute for Health and Care Research
  • APOE Biology in Alzheimer’s (ABA)

    The ABA grant program solicits projects that aim to address some of the key challenges in Alzheimer’s research as related to APOE contributions and biology, including but not limited t

    24/02/2023   |   Alzheimer's Association (US)
  • Centres of Excellence in Neurodegeneration: pathfinder five

    Apply for funding to deliver new and unconventional approaches and creative solutions to the challenges of neurodegeneration research.

    14/11/2022   |   Medical Research Council
  • Connecting Machine Readable Digital Human AD/ADRD

    The NINDS-led Alzheimer’s Disease and Alzheimer’s Disease Related Dementias (AD/ADRD) initiative supports approach for developing a data sharing and analysis of human digital neuropathological slides and software testing to validate and verify that the software and tools developed can be used to perform multisite neuropathological analyses using a federated approach.

    05/11/2022   |   National Institutes of Health (NIH) USA
  • Development and Skills Enhancement Award Round 11

    Post-doctoral level award aimed at supporting NIHR Academy Members to gain specific skills and experience to underpin the next phase of their research career.

    30/11/2022   |   National Institute for Health and Care Research
  • Doctoral Clinical and Practitioner Academic Fellowship

    Funds registered health and care professionals to undertake a PhD by research and, concurrently, to undertake further professional development and practice.

    15/11/2022   |   National Institute for Health and Care Research
  • Doctoral Local Authority Fellowship (DLAF) Round 2

    Funds individuals based in local authorities and support services to undertake a PhD by research whilst developing skill sets within their existing setting

    15/11/2022   |   National Institute for Health and Care Research
  • DZNE Fellowship for Ukrainian Scientists

    As a sign of solidarity, DZNE has established its own special fellowship program for scientists from Ukraine, the “DZNE Fellowship for Ukrainian Scientists”.

    31/12/2022   |   DZNE
  • Early-Stage Therapy Development for ADRD

    This funding opportunity announcement (FOA) encourages early-stage development of novel small molecule or biologic therapeutics for NINDS mission-relevant Alzheimer’s and related dementia.

    05/11/2022   |   National Institutes of Health (NIH) USA
  • ESRC Doctoral Training Partnerships to host PhD studentships

    ADR UK is accepting applications for Economic and Social Research Council Doctoral Training Partnerships to host PhD studentships on quantitative research

    21/10/2022   |   Economic and Social Research Council
  • 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
  • Funding for validation of novel molecular drug targets

    Seeking project proposals which focus on the validation of novel molecular drug targets for mental health conditions, and cognitive disorders

    01/08/2022   |   Psychiatry Consortium
  • Future Leaders Fellowships: round 7

    This scheme is for early career researchers and innovators who are either: looking to establish or transition to independence developing their own original and ambitious plans within a commercial setting. We are offering funding to support ambitious research or innovation programmes across UKRI’s remit. You must be based at, and have the support of, an…

    06/12/2022   |   UK Research and Innovation
  • Future-Focused Leadership Programme

    12-month programme developed to make successful research leaders, offering participants the opportunity to explore new thinking on how to lead in the 21st century.

    14/10/2022   |   National Institute for Health and Care Research
  • Health Communication & Public Health Messaging Funding Call

    Funding for esearch into the most effective forms of health communication & public health messaging during a period of infectious disease/pandemic.

    29/11/2022   |   National Institute for Health and Care Research
  • IBRO Rising Stars Awards

    The award supports the research needs of early career faculty from diverse and/or underrepresented backgrounds (e.g. racial/ethnic minorities, those with disabilities).

    31/10/2022   |   International Brain Research Organization
  • ICA Advanced Clinical and Practitioner Academic Fellowship

    Supporting post-doctoral researchers to develop their academic career whilst developing their health or care career, closes 15th November

    15/11/2022   |   National Institute for Health and Care Research
  • Impact of the Microbiome-Gut-Brain Axis on AD / Dementias

    This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) invites applications for basic and translational research on the impact of the microbiome on Alzheimer’s Disease and Alzheimer’s Disease-Related Dementias (AD/ADRD).

    06/10/2022   |   National Institutes of Health (NIH) USA
  • 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
  • Leadership Scholarships for Nurses and Midwives

    Scholarships are open to nurses and midwives who are seeking to advance their personal development as credible leaders.

    21/10/2022   |   Florance Nightingale Foundation
  • Local Authority Short Placement Award for Research Collaboration

    To support people working in local authorities and NIHR Academy members to undertake short placements allowing them to move between NIHR & Local Authority

    24/11/2022   |   National Institute for Health and Care Research
  • Longitude Prize on Dementia

    £4.34 million prize to drive the creation of personalised, technology-based tools that are co-created to help independence, and to lead fulfilling lives

    26/01/2023   |   Alzheimer's SocietyUK Research and Innovation
  • Neurosciences and mental health research

    Apply for funding to support research projects focused on neurosciences and mental health.

    27/09/2022   |   UK Research and Innovation
  • NIHR Academic Clinical Fellowships in Medicine 2022

    The NIHR Academic Clinical Fellowship (ACF) is a clinical specialty training post in medicine that incorporates academic training. The NIHR has allocated funding for 250 ACFs for recruitment in 2022/23.

    31/03/2023   |   National Institute for Health and Care Research
  • NIHR Global Research Professorships

    Providing an extensive support package alongside the professorship, to include support posts, research costs and a leadership and development programme

    01/12/2022   |   National Institute for Health and Care Research
  • NIHR Research Professorships

    5 year personal awards with an extensive support package including three support posts, research costs and a leadership and development programme.

    01/12/2022   |   National Institute for Health and Care Research
  • PhD Scholarship

    PhD Scholarship – open for individual / join supervisors, providing a stipend of £16k (£17k in London), tuition fees, research/travel costs

    05/10/2022   |   Alzheimer's Research UK
  • Pilot Project Scheme

    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.

    05/10/2022   |   Alzheimer's Research UK
  • Policy Research Programme – Policy Research Units

    The Government is committed to enhancing the contribution of research and evaluation to health and social care. The NIHR Policy Research Programme (PRP) invites applications for NIHR Policy Research Units (PRUs) to run from January 2024-December 2028.

    11/10/2022   |   National Institute for Health and Care Research
  • Postdoctoral Fellowships

    Inviting proposals from ECRs in humanities and social sciences to pursue independent research, towards the completion of a significant piece of publishable work

    12/10/2022   |   The British Academy
  • Practice-Based Research Leaders Awards

    As part of the NIHR School for Social Care Research’s commitment to developing research capacity in adult social care, we are inviting Stage 1 applications for Practice-Based Research Leaders Awards (PBRLA). With support from the NIHR Academy, we are seeking applications from individuals or teams to develop team or organisational-level research skills and/or capacity as practice-based research leaders,…

    03/10/2022   |   NIHR School for Social Care Research
  • 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
  • Research for Patient Benefit – Competition 49

    The NIHR Research for Patient Benefit (RfPB) programme is inviting stage 1 applications for research proposals that are concerned with the day-to-day practice of health service staff, and that have the potential to have an impact on the health or wellbeing of patients and users of the NHS.

    09/11/2022   |   National Institute for Health and Care Research
  • Research for Social Care – Competition 6

    Inviting proposals that will generate evidence to improve the way social care is delivered for people who use social care support and services

    18/01/2023   |   National Institute for Health and Care Research
  • Scientific Conferences Fund

    Supporting establishing high quality conferences, scientific meetings and workshops relevant to its mission to drive efforts to extend healthy human lifespan and understand the processes of aging.

    31/10/2023   |   Hevolution Foundation
  • Short Placement Award for Research Collaboration

    £5,000 for NIHR Academy Members to undertake a bespoke short placement designed to optimise and enhance their research training experience

    24/11/2022   |   National Institute for Health and Care Research
  • SNSF Swiss Postdoctoral Fellowships

    Funding scheme for anyone who planned to apply for a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Postdoctoral Fellowship with Switzerland as their destination country

    01/12/2022   |   Swiss National Science Foundation
  • Social Care Policy Research Programme

    Inviting applications for a single research project to investigate variations in pay and reward in the adult social care workforce.

    04/10/2022   |   National Institute for Health and Care Research
  • Social Care Policy Research Programme

    Inviting applications for a multi-phase research project to evaluate adult social care workforce interventions as set out in the People at the Heart of Care: Adult Social Care Reform White Paper.

    04/10/2022   |   National Institute for Health and Care Research
  • Starter Grants for Clinical Lecturers

    Providing up to £30,000 over 1-2 years for research costs, to support Clinical Lecturers who are looking to develop and strengthen their research careers.

    30/09/2022   |   The Academy of Medical Sciences
  • Structural Biology of AD and Related Dementias – Proteinopathies

    The purpose of this funding opportunity announcement (FOA) is to continue to support studies that characterize the structure of protein aggregates found in the Alzheimer’s disease related dementias (ADRD).

    08/10/2022   |   National Institutes of Health (NIH) USA
  • Systems Engineering Innovation hubs for multiple long-term conditions

    In Autumn 2022, the NIHR and the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) will issue a joint call for research inviting proposals from multidisciplinary teams to take a systems design and engineering approach to improve services for people with multiple long term conditions (MLTC) and their carers.

      |   National Institute for Health and Care Research
  • Systems Engineering Innovation hubs for multiple long-term conditions

    In Autumn 2022, the NIHR and the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) will issue a joint call for research inviting proposals from multidisciplinary teams to take a systems design and engineering approach to improve services for people with multiple long term conditions (MLTC) and their carers.

    04/10/2022   |   National Institute for Health and Care Research
  • The Tau Pipeline Enabling Program (T-PEP)

    The Tau Pipeline Enabling Program (T-PEP) seeks to accelerate the discovery of potential new therapies for tauopathies. The intent of this program is to enrich the pipeline for therapy development by facilitating the translation of academia derived ideas into practical application. In short, it bridges the gap between innovative but resource-constrained researchers and the larger pharmaceutical companies that are looking for drug candidates to be taken into human trials.

    23/02/2022   |   Alzheimer's Association (US)Rainwater Charitable Foundation
  • Wellcome Career Development Awards

    This scheme provides funding for mid-career researchers from any discipline who have the potential to be international research leaders.

    01/12/2022   |   Wellcome Trust
  • Women in innovation awards

    For Women with exciting, innovative ideas who will inspire others can apply for an award which includes a £50,000 grant and bespoke business support.

    19/10/2022   |   UK Research and Innovation
  • World Wide FINGERS Network Funding Program (ALZ WW-FNFP)

    Funding to deliver multidomain lifestyle intervention trials for dementia risk reduction and ultimately prevention for members of the WW Fingers Network

    31/12/2022   |   Alzheimer's Association (US)
  • Zenith Fellows Award Program

    $450,000 total funding (direct and indirect costs) over a period of up to three years to support you and your research.

    25/03/2022   |   Alzheimer's Association (US)Zenith Society

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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