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).

  • £1 million Primer Fund to accelerate MND / ALS diagnosis

    Primer fund intended to support projects which seek to develop solutions to accelerate MND diagnosis, with potential to be deployed in the real world

    27/02/2023   |   LifeArc
  • 22/141 Interventions that impact loneliness

    Funding for research on interventions aimed at reducing or impacting loneliness (seperate from social isolation) – interventions and / or evaluation

    15/08/2023   |   National Institute for Health and Care Research
  • 23/16 A platform trial to evaluate interventions in dementia

    To evaluate the efficacy of potential interventions in dementia, particularly those trialling a precision medicine approach.

    04/05/2023   |   National Institute for Health and Care Research
  • 23/56 Palliative and End of Life Care (EME Programme)

    Funding palliative & end of life research to allow people at the end of their lives to live as well as possible and to die with dignity, compassion and comfort.

    22/08/2023   |   National Institute for Health and Care Research
  • 23/57 Efficacy & Mechanism Evaluation – Researcher-led

    Funding studies evaluating interventions that in the promotion of health, treatment of disease and improvement of rehab or long-term care.

    23/08/2023   |   National Institute for Health and Care Research
  • 23/67 Palliative and End of Life Care (HSDR Programme)

    The Health and Social Care Delivery Research Programme invites applications for Palliative and End of Life Care research which supports health and care services

    20/09/2023   |   National Institute for Health and Care Research
  • ALS Breakthrough Research Fund

    Request for proposals focused on understanding the underlying mechanisms of ALS / motor neurone disease up to US $300,000 for 2 years.

    21/06/2023   |   The Milken Institute
  • Body fluid-based biomarkers in traumatic brain injury

    Seeking proposals to utilise body fluid-based (blood, saliva or csf) biomarkers to improve the diagnosis, prognosis and/or management of traumatic brain injury

    22/08/2023   |   National Institute for Health and Care Research
  • Clinical Research Fellowships

    Funding call for clinically qualified researchers who have delivered previous research projects and have clear plans to establish their own research ‘niche’.

    26/07/2023   |   Alzheimer's Research UK
  • Clinical Research Training Fellowships

    ARUK Clinical Research Training Fellowship, designed for clinically qualified people to gain research experience & skills to apply for advanced Fellowships.

    26/07/2023   |   Alzheimer's Research UK
  • Deep Tissue Imaging RFA

    This call aims to fund research to gain a deeper mechanistic understanding of biological systems, to visualize and measure them across biological scales.

      |   Chan Zuckerberg Initiative
  • Dementia Network Plus

    Pre-announcement – £1.75m to establish a Dementia Network to build capacity & address inequalities, preventions, early diagnosis and experiences at work.

    30/09/2023   |   Alzheimer's SocietyEconomic and Social Research Council
  • Development and Skills Enhancement Award (DSE)

    Post-doctoral level funding opportunity aimed at supporting early to mid-career researchers in gaining specific skills and experience.

    28/07/2023   |   National Institute for Health and Care Research
  • Doctoral Training Centres

    Doctoral Training Centres to create a community of PhD students working on dementia themes, support multi-disciplinary centres of excellence

    14/07/2023   |   Alzheimer's Society
  • DZNE Fellowship Funding 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 development of new healthcare interventions

    Funding to generate data to build confidence in a development strategy for a new medicine, repurposed medicine, medical device, diagnostic test, or intervention

    12/07/2023   |   Medical Research Council
  • Effectiveness of oral nutritional supplements – older adults

    What is the effectiveness of oral nutritional supplements in older adults with malnutrition? The NIHR is providing funding to answer this question.

    20/09/2023   |   National Institute for Health and Care Research
  • Endolysosomal Activity in Alzheimer’s Grant Programme

    Alzheimer’s Disease Strategic Fund: Endolysosomal Activity in Alzheimer’s (E2A) Grant Program – Deadline for Letter of Intent set for 2nd March

    02/03/2023   |   Alzheimer's Association (US)
  • Evaluation of technologies and interventions in primary care

    The MRC-NIHR Efficacy and Mechanism Evaluation (EME) Programme is inviting applications to evaluate interventions delivered in a primary care setting.

    22/08/2023   |   National Institute for Health and Care Research
  • FAPESP Pump-Priming Awards (FAPPA)

    BBSRC Funding to pump-prime collaborations between scientists in the UK and the São Paulo State, Brazil & promote the exchange of scientists

      |   BBSRC
  • Health & Social Care Delivery Programme researcher-led

    Commissioning research which will be carried out by effective and efficient research teams, providing findings which meet the needs of NHS and Social Care.

    26/07/2023   |   National Institute for Health and Care Research
  • IBRO Early Career Awards

    The purpose of this grant is to support disadvantaged early career principal investigators by providing supplemental laboratory funding.

    03/05/2023   |   International Brain Research Organization
  • 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
  • ISTAART Grant Program for Conferences and Convenings

    The ISTAART Grant Program for Conferences and Convenings to help foster and facilitate PIAs-driven efforts to expand and accelerate research discussion

    20/10/2023   |   Alzheimer's Association (US)
  • Knowledge Transfer Partnership

    Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTPs) accelerate business innovation by supporting knowledge exchange with academic institutions.

      |   BBSRC
  • Music based interventions and dementia care

    The NIHR HTA Programme is interested in proposals for the evaluation of the effectiveness and economic analysis of music-based interventions in dementia.

    29/11/2023   |   National Institute for Health and Care Research
  • National Evaluation of the Complete Community Care Programme

    The NIHR invites proposals for a national evaluation of the Complete Care Community Programme (CCCP), closes on 11 July 2023

    11/07/2023   |   National Institute for Health and Care Research
  • Newton International Fellowships

    Fellowships for non-UK scientists who are at an early stage of their research career and wish to conduct research in the UK.

    31/03/2023   |   The Royal Society
  • 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

    31/03/2023   |   National Institute for Health and Care Research
  • NIHR Advanced Fellowship

    Researchers from any professional background are eligible to apply for an NIHR Advanced Fellowships, whether clinical or non-clinical.

    06/07/2023   |   National Institute for Health and Care Research
  • NIHR Doctoral Fellowship

    These awards are for individuals and their host organisations looking to submit an application to the Doctoral Fellowship.

    20/07/2023   |   National Institute for Health and Care Research
  • NIHR Population Health Career Scientist Awards

    UK-wide initiative to support independent researchers who are emerging as future leaders in research focused on the wider determinants of health.

    06/07/2023   |   National Institute for Health and Care Research
  • PhD Studentships in Primary Care 2023

    Applications are invited from individuals with a strong academic record who wish to develop a career in primary care research

    09/06/2023   |   National Institute for Health and Care Research
  • PoLNET Post-Doctoral Research Associate Call

    The UK Physics of Life Network PoLNET is delighted to announce a new funding postdoctoral research associate (PDRA). £25k for 6 month projects

    01/07/2023   |   UK Research and InnovationWellcome Trust
  • Professional Internships for PhD Students

    3-month integrated placement to provide BBSRC-funded DTP PhD students the opportunity to carry out a work placement unrelated to their doctoral research

      |   BBSRC
  • Programme Grants for Applied Research

    NIHR announces that the PGfAR is now offering the opportunity to develop and advance health and care research careers. Find out more.

    02/08/2023   |   National Institute for Health and Care Research
  • Programme Grants for Applied Research – Competition 41

    NIHR Programme Grants for Applied Research (PGfAR) inviting applications for research proposals to develop individual programmes of applied health research

    05/04/2023   |   National Institute for Health and Care Research
  • Proteintech Lab Lunch Sponsorship

    Weekly free draw from Proteintech with a chance to win free food and drink for your next lab meeting from now until June 25th 2023.

    25/06/2023   |   Proteintech
  • Research for Patient Benefit – Competition 51

    Researcher-led programme, RfPB does not specify topics but instead encourages proposals for projects that address a wide range of health service issues.

    12/07/2023   |   National Institute for Health and Care Research
  • Researching Motor Neurone Disease

    Highlight notice – Apply for funding to research motor neurone disease (MND), through any grants from MRC research boards or panels + MRC fellowships.

    31/12/2023   |   UK Research and Innovation
  • Rhodes Scholarship

    The Rhodes Scholarship is a life-changing opportunity to join outstanding young people from around the world to study at the University of Oxford.

    04/10/2023   |   Rhodes Trust
  • Scientific Conferences Fund

    Supporti to establish conferences, scientific meetings & workshops relevant to drive efforts to extend healthy human lifespan and processes of aging

    31/10/2023   |   Hevolution Foundation
  • The Blood Biomarker Challenge

    To produce the clinical and economic data that could help make the case for blood biomarker implementation in a healthcare setting in the UK.

    29/09/2023   |   Alzheimer's Research UKAlzheimer's Society
  • The Lewy Body Society Travel Bursary

    Two bursaries are available up to £500 to be awarded per person to cover travel and accommodation costs, and conference registration fees.

    31/05/2023   |   The Lewy Body Society
  • The William H. Gates, Sr. Fellowship

    Fellowship program for people from diverse backgrounds with an innovative data analysis idea or statistical approach using existing anonymized data.

    30/06/2023   |   Alzheimer's Disease Data Initative
  • UKRI Future Leaders Fellowships

    We’re looking to fund fellowships of up to seven years to support talented researchers and innovators who are transitioning to research or innovation leadership

    04/07/2023   |   UK Research and Innovation
  • UKRI Healthy Ageing Catalyst Awards

    Could you translate your research into impactful and scalable products or services to improve quality of later life? Apply for a Healthy Ageing Catalyst Award

    28/02/2023   |   UK Research and Innovation
  • Under-represented disciplines & specialisms – Methodologists

    Research funding for medical stats, health economics, trial design, ops research, modelling, bioinformatics, qualitative research, mixed methods & epidemiology

    13/09/2023   |   National Institute for Health and Care Research
  • Wellcome Career Development Awards

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

    27/07/2022   |   Wellcome Trust
  • Women In Bio Impact Scholarship

    Scholarship established to advance the educational development of women by encouraging and supporting education on all aspects of life science.

    14/04/2023   |   Women in Bio

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

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