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).


  • 20/112 Health Service & Delivery Research Programme (Evidence Synthesis Researcher-led)

    The Health Services and Delivery Research (HS&DR) Programme is accepting stage 2 evidence synthesis applications to their researcher-led workstream.

    04/02/2021   |   National Institute for Health Research
  • 20/113 Health Services & Delivery Researcher Programme (Standard Researcher-led)

    The Health Services and Delivery Research (HS&DR) Programme are accepting stage 1 applications to their researcher-led workstream.

    04/02/2021   |   National Institute for Health Research
  • 20/114 Unlocking data to inform public health policy and practice

    The Public Health Research (PHR) Programme are accepting Stage 2 applications to 20/114 Unlocking data to inform public health policy and practice

    07/01/2021   |   National Institute for Health Research
  • 20/118 Methodological development in public health

    The NIHR Public Health Research (PHR) programme would like to commission research on methodological development to support public health intervention research across all sectors and disciplines.

    15/01/2021   |   National Institute for Health Research
  • 20/124 – Adult Community Health and Social Care services to avoid planned and unplanned hospital admissions

    The focus of this call is on the organisation and delivery of adult community health and social care services, and its role in avoiding planned and unplanned hospital admissions.

    08/04/2021   |   National Institute for Health Research
  • 20/135 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.

    30/03/2021   |   National Institute for Health Research
  • 20/136 Public Health Research Programme researcher-led

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

    30/03/2021   |   National Institute for Health Research
  • 20/70 Self-neglect in the community

    The scope of this call includes self-neglect of all forms, encompassing different manifestations such as hoarding behaviour, squalor and infestation in relation to a variety of underlying conditions such as psychological or psychiatric conditions or cognitive impairment. These may result from any cause e.g. dementia, trauma or learning disability as well as self-neglecting behaviour where the underlying cause is not known.

    28/01/2021   |   National Institute for Health Research
  • 20/89 Health Technology Assessment Programme Researcher-led (evidence synthesis)

    To evaluate the clinical and cost effectiveness of a health technology.

    06/01/2021   |   National Institute for Health Research
  • 20/90 Health Technology Assessment Programme Researcher-led (primary research)

    The NIHR HTA Programme funds research to assess the effectiveness of technologies within the NHS. In this researcher-led workstream, grants are available for primary research and evidence synthesis on topics proposed by the researchers.

    06/01/2021   |   National Institute for Health Research
  • Advanced Fellowship Round 5

    The NIHR Advanced Fellowship funds post-doctoral individuals from a range of health and social care professions who haven’t yet been awarded a chair.

    14/01/2021   |   National Institute for Health Research
  • Artificial Intelligence Health and Care Award – Phases 1-4

    The Artificial Intelligence Health and Care Award supports innovators and technologies across the spectrum of development of artificial intelligence (AI) technology, from concept through to initial NHS adoption and testing of the technology within clinical pathways.

    08/12/2020   |   National Institute for Health Research
  • Biomarkers or other assessment tools

    This is a request for 2-page Letters of Intent to submit proposals concerning biomarkers or other assessment tools to the Alzheimer’s Disease Neuroimaging Initiative (ADNI).

    31/12/2020   |   Alzheimer’s Disease Neuroimaging Initiative (ADNI)
  • Clinician Scientist Fellowship

    The CSF develops talented medically and other clinically qualified professionals who have gained a higher research degree to lead their own research plans and establish their own research team to make the transition to independent investigator. Applications are invited for the standard CSFs, the Tenure Track CSFs, or the jointly funded CSFs, all of which are considered in open competition. 

    07/01/2021   |   Medical Research Council
  • 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
  • Doctoral Fellowship Round 5

    The NIHR Doctoral Fellowship funds individuals from a range of health and social care professions to undertake a PhD in an area of NIHR research.

    21/01/2021   |   National Institute for Health Research
  • 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
  • Get funding for ideas that address COVID-19

    Proposals are invited for short-term projects addressing and mitigating the health, social, economic, cultural and environmental impacts of the COVID-19 outbreak.

    09/12/2020   |   UK Research and Innovation
  • Get funding for ideas that address COVID-19

    We will support excellent proposals up to 18 months duration, to deliver a significant contribution to the understanding of, and response to, the COVID-19 pandemic and its impacts

    15/12/2020   |   UK Research and Innovation
  • 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
  • Invention for Innovation – Product Development Awards Call 21

    The NIHR Invention for Innovation (i4i) programme invites proposals to Call 21 of its researcher-led Product Development Awards (PDA). PDAs fund the development of disruptive early-stage medical technologies that address existing or emerging healthcare needs.

    09/12/2020   |   National Institute for Health Research
  • Joint Global Health Trials

    This scheme seeks to support research that addresses the health problems affecting low and middle income countries (LMICs) by funding definitive trials that are likely to produce implementable and generalisable results to change policy and practice.

    04/02/2021   |   Economic and Social Research CouncilMedical Research Council
  • Joint Health Systems Research Initiative

    Health systems in low- and middle-income countries face the challenges of substantial socioeconomic and health inequalities, rapid globalisation and evolving disease burdens. We need a robust evidence base to strengthen health systems and improve the delivery of healthcare.

    19/01/2021   |   Wellcome Trust
  • 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
  • Leverhulme Trust Senior Research Fellowship

    This scheme is for experienced academic researchers who would benefit from a period of full-time research without teaching and administrative duties. It is funded by the Leverhulme Trust.

    13/01/2021   |   The Royal Society
  • Long-term COVID-19 effects in non-hospitalised individuals

    Apply for funding for research into the causes (biological and environmental), mechanisms and management of the longer-term physical and mental health effects of COVID-19 in non-hospitalised individuals.

    09/12/2020   |   Economic and Social Research CouncilMedical Research Council
  • MRC Experimental medicine grant

    Up to £10 million a year is available for research into the causes, progression and treatment of human disease through experimental intervention in humans. Your proposal can focus on any disease. You must be based at an eligible organisation. There is no limit to the amount of funding you can apply for or the length of your project. We generally fund 80% of the full economic cost. Your research organisation must fund the remaining 20%. 

    17/12/2020   |   Medical Research Council
  • NC3R Project Grant

    Funding the development of new approaches in medical, biological or veterinary research that provide 3Rs benefits and are more predictive, cost-effective and humane than current gold standards.

    23/01/2021   |   National Centre for the Replacement Refinement & Reduction of Animals in Research
  • 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
  • New Investigator Grants

    New Investigator Grants are specifically aimed at supporting those looking to make the transition to an independent researcher through managing their first major research project.

    31/12/2020   |   Economic and Social Research Council
  • NIHR Academic Clinical Fellowships in Medicine 2021

    The NIHR Academic Clinical Fellowship (ACF) is a clinical specialty training post in medicine that incorporates academic training.

    31/03/2021   |   Heath Education EnglandNational Institute for Health 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
  • 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
  • Race Against Dementia (RAD) Fellowships

    Race Against Dementia (RAD) Fellowships are designed to power outstanding early career scientists in their pursuit of innovative solutions to the big questions in dementia research.

    20/01/2021   |   Alzheimer's Research UKRace Against Dementia
  • Research for Social Care – Competition 3

    Applications are invited for research proposals that generate evidence to improve, expand and strengthen the way adult social care is delivered for users of care services, carers and the public.

    20/01/2021   |   National Institute for Health Research
  • Scientific Conference Grants

    Scheme to promote networking, collaborations, communication and dissemination of research results through scientific conferences.

    05/01/2021   |   Alzheimer's Research UK
  • SUSTAIN enabling female researchers

    SUSTAIN is a programme that enables female researchers to thrive in their independent research careers. It provides an innovative programme of training and support to develop participants’ leadership and career potential.

    11/12/2020   |   The Academy of Medical Sciences
  • The Healthy Ageing Catalyst Award

    The Healthy Ageing Catalyst Award is a high risk, high reward innovation grant offering £50,000 to exceptional researchers who are prepared to turn their most innovative ideas into workable products and services.

    30/05/2021   |   UK Research and Innovation
  • The Zenith Fellows Award Program (Zenith)

    Deliver research to address fundamental problems related to early detection, etiology, pathogenesis, treatment and/or prevention of Alzheimer’s and all other dementia.

    05/01/2021   |   Alzheimer's Association (US)
  • Working with Brazilian researchers

    You can apply to work with overseas researchers in the State of São Paulo, Brazil. Collaborative work is governed by an agreement between UKRI and FAPESP. You can get between £350,000 and £1 million (full economic cost) from ESRC for the UK part of the project.

    31/12/2020   |   Economic and Social Research Council
  • 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