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).


  • 21/600 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
  • 22/02 Public Health Intervention Responsive Studies Teams (PHIRST)

    The Public Health Research (PHR) Programme are accepting Expressions of Interest (EoI) from Local Authorities that have initiatives in need of research and evaluation.

    12/09/2022   |   National Institute for Health and Care Research
  • 22/10 Adult social care needs assessment and care planning

    As the UK population gets older and with more people surviving into adulthood with long-term disability or illness, requests for support to meet a person’s social care needs are increasing.

    19/07/2022   |   National Institute for Health and Care Research
  • 22/10 Adult social care needs assessment and care planning

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

    19/07/2022   |   National Institute for Health and Care Research
  • 22/11 Implementing the Mental Capacity Act in practice (Mental Capacity Assessments)

    This HSDR Programme call is for high-quality research on how the Mental Capacity Act (2005) has been implemented in practice across health and social care organisations.

    19/07/2022   |   National Institute for Health and Care Research
  • 22/21 Interventions to support the health of unpaid carers

    The Public Health Research (PHR) Programme wishes to commission research on the health impact of interventions which affects adult unpaid carers.

    16/08/2022   |   National Institute for Health and Care Research
  • 22/39 Methodological development in public health

    Funding for methodological development to increase capacity for generating robust evidence of effectiveness and efficacy of actions within complex systems including impact on inequalities.

    16/08/2022   |   National Institute for Health and Care Research
  • 22/40 HTA Application Development Award: Towards evaluation of digital and technology-enabled healthcare

    The HTA Programme invites proposals for work which will accelerate the development of applications to the programme in the area of digital interventions and technology-enabled care.

    27/07/2022   |   National Institute for Health and Care Research
  • 22/51 Public Health Research Programme researcher-led

    The NIHR Public Health Research Programme is accepting stage 1 applications to their researcher-led workstream – deadline 16th August

    16/08/2022   |   National Institute for Health and Care Research
  • 22/52 Continuing priority research topics of interest to the PHR Programme

    The NIHR Public Health Research Programme is accepting stage 1 applications to their Commissioned workstream – deadline 16th August

    16/08/2022   |   National Institute for Health and Care Research
  • 22/58 Technology-enabled monitoring – rapid evaluation of innovations

    Funding to support independent, rapid evaluations of technology-enabled innovations in health and care services that support remote monitoring at home

    22/07/2022   |   National Institute for Health and Care Research
  • 22/60 Mechanisms of action of health interventions in patients with multiple long-term conditions

    The Efficacy and Mechanism Evaluation (EME) Programme invites applications for research into the mechanisms of action of health interventions in studies recruiting patients with multiple long-term conditions (MLTC). The NIHR has published a strategic framework for research into multiple long-term conditions (MLTC), which sets out what we mean when we talk about MLTC research.

    16/08/2022   |   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
  • 22/9 Delivering a Sustainable Health and Care System (HSDR Programme)

    The Health and Social Care Delivery Research (HSDR) Programme are accepting stage 1 applications to this NIHR Themed Call for research into the evaluation of interventions or services to support the delivery of a more sustainable UK health and care system, including mitigating the effects of climate change on health and care delivery.

    25/05/2022   |   National Institute for Health and Care Research
  • 22/9 Delivering a Sustainable Health and Care System (HSDR Programme)

    The Health and Social Care Delivery Research (HSDR) Programme are accepting stage 1 applications to this NIHR Themed Call for research into the evaluation of interventions or services to support the delivery of a more sustainable UK health and care system, including mitigating the effects of climate change on health and care delivery.

    25/05/2022   |   National Institute for Health and Care Research
  • Advanced Clinical & Practitioner Academic Fellowship

    Advanced Clinical and Practitioner Academic Fellowship enables post-doctoral researchers to develop their academic career whilst remaining in clinical work

    09/06/2022   |   Heath Education EnglandNational Institute for Health and Care Research
  • BNA Exchange Grants

    New British Neuroscience Association (BNA) scheme to support the sharing, collaboration, acquisition of skills and building of friendships between neuroscience groups in the UK and other countries.

    30/09/2022   |   British Neurosience Association
  • BNA-Brain Carer grants

    BNA is awarding Carer Grants of up to £300 to help cover expenses associated with caring responsibilities and thereby enable participation in either BNA-hosted or external neuroscience events.

    31/07/2022   |   British Neurosience Association
  • BRACE Research Grants

    BRACE is committed to funding high quality research projects that ultimately contribute to the knowledge of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias.

    15/08/2022   |   BRACE
  • Build community research consortia to address health disparities

    Apply for funding from UK Research and Innovation to build community research consortia to address health disparities – deadline 20th June

    20/06/2022   |   Economic and Social 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
  • 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
  • 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 Noncoding RNAs Research

    Funding for research in noncoding RNAs to investigate the causality, directionality, mechanisms, and therapeutic potential of ncRNAs implicated dementias

    15/06/2022   |   National Institutes of Health (NIH) USA
  • 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
  • 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
  • Napari Plugin Foundations Grants

    Grants of up to $20,000 to improve the quality of one or more existing napari plugins to support reproducible quantitative image analysis.

    01/06/2022   |   Chan Zuckerberg Initiative
  • Neurosciences and mental health partnership

    Neurosciences and mental health partnership. Apply for a grant to support new partnerships between diverse groups of researchers in neurosciences and mental health.

    25/05/2022   |   Medical Research Council
  • 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
  • Pre & Post Doctoral Fellowships in Public Health Research

    Flexible opportunity to start either a pre-doctoral or post-doctoral fellowship on a full-time or part-time basis in public health research funded by the NIHR

    27/06/2022   |   National Institute for Health and 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
  • Race Against Dementia Fellowship

    Race Against Dementia Fellowship designed to power outstanding early career scientists and innovative solutions to the big questions in dementia research.

    27/07/2022   |   Alzheimer's Research UKRace Against Dementia
  • Research Fellowship

    Offering Salary + up to £20,000 a year are designed for promising PhD qualified non-clinical researchers who have delivered previous research projects with evidence of impactful outputs.

    27/07/2022   |   Alzheimer's Research UK
  • Research for Patient Benefit – Competition 48

    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.

    13/07/2022   |   National Institute for Health and Care Research
  • Research, Development and Analysis Fund

    Nuffield Foundation Research, Development and Analysis Fund

    01/09/2022   |   Nuffield Foundation
  • 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 Early-Career Awards

    This Wellcome Early-Career Awards scheme provides funding for early-career researchers from any discipline who are ready to develop their research identity.

    21/06/2022   |   Wellcome Trust
  • 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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