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).


  • 21/571 Digital health inclusion and inequalities

    The Public Health Research Programme (PHR) is accepting Stage 1 applications to their commissioned workstream for this topic.

    05/04/2022   |   National Institute for Health Research
  • 21/597 Public Health Research Programme researcher-led

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

    05/04/2022   |   National Institute for Health Research
  • 21/598 Health and social care outcomes and cost-effectiveness of assistive technologies

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

    04/05/2022   |   National Institute for Health Research
  • 21/599 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 ‘Continuing priority research topics of interest to the PHR Programme’.

    05/04/2022   |   National Institute for Health Research
  • 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 Research
  • 21/607 Mechanisms of action of health interventions in patients with multiple long-term conditions (MLTC)

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

    05/04/2022   |   National Institute for Health Research
  • 21/609 Efficacy and Mechanism Evaluation Programme researcher-led

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

    05/04/2022   |   National Institute for Health Research
  • 22/1 HTA Researcher-led call Primary Research

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

    05/04/2022   |   National Institute for Health Research
  • 22/2 HTA Researcher-led call Evidence Synthesis

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

    05/04/2022   |   National Institute for Health Research
  • 22/3 NIHR NICE Rolling Call (HTA Programme)

    The Health Technology Assessment (HTA) Programme is accepting stage one applications to this funding opportunity. The programme is interested in receiving applications to meet recommendations in research identified in NICE guidance that has been published or updated since 2015.

    05/04/2022   |   National Institute for Health Research
  • 22/4 NIHR James Lind Alliance Priority Setting Partnerships Rolling Call (HTA Programme)

    The programme recognises the importance of the research priorities identified by the James Lind Alliance (JLA) Priority Setting Partnerships (PSP) and are interested in receiving high-quality applications which address them.

    05/04/2022   |   National Institute for Health Research
  • 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
  • Development and Skills Enhancement Award Round 9

    The Development and Skills Enhancement Award (DSE) is a 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.

    31/03/2022   |   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
  • Healthy Ageing Catalyst Awards 2022

    Apply for funding and support to turn research into products and services for healthy ageing.

    28/02/2022   |   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 (i4i) – Dementia Call

    The NIHR Invention for Innovation (i4i) Programme invites applications for a dementia-specific funding call aimed at the research and development of digital approaches for the early detection, diagnosis and stratification of individuals with dementia.

    26/01/2022   |   National Institute for Health Research
  • 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
  • Medical Research Funding – Australia

    Medical Research Funding for researchers / academics based in Australia or funded via an Australian Institution.

    25/01/2022   |   The Ian Potter Foundation (Australia)
  • 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
  • Neurosciences and mental health research

    Funding research in neurosciences, mental health and disorders of the human nervous system. We aim to transform our understanding of the physiology and behaviour of the human nervous system throughout the life course in health and in illness, as well as how to treat and prevent disorders of the brain.

    26/01/2022   |   UK Research and Innovation
  • New Investigator Award

    The LBDA New Investigator Award is intended to support early career and new investigators in LBD who have not yet received an R01 award from the National Institutes of Health, to gather preliminary data for projects proposed in future LBDA grant applications.

    18/02/2022   |   Lewy Body Dementia Association
  • NFMRI Australia Alzheimer’s Funding Call

    Funding is available to support Australian research projects investigating potential causes, treatments and/or a cure for Alzheimer’s disease.

    21/03/2022   |   National Foundation for Medical 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 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 47

    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.

    19/03/2022   |   National Institute for Health Research
  • Senior Clinical Fellowship

    Apply for funding to help you become an internationally recognised research leader in your field. Your research can focus on any area of MRC’s remit to improve human health.

    06/04/2022   |   Medical Research Council
  • Senior Non-clinical Fellowship

    Apply for funding to help you become an internationally recognised research leader in your field. Your research can focus on any area of MRC’s remit to improve human health.

    20/04/2022   |   Medical Research Council
  • 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
  • Understanding the Mechanisms of Non-Pharmacological Interventions

    Neurodegenerative Disease Research (JPND) initiative launched a transnational call for understanding the mechanisms of non-pharmacological interventions. (Note the UK is not participating in this call)

    01/03/2022   |   JPND Research
  • 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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