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.

Duration: Up to 60 months, with Fellows strongly encouraged to undertake an international secondment or collaboration. The time dedicated to the secondment/collaboration is flexible and does not have to be in contiguous periods of time. It should be determined based on the requirements of the project and the Fellow and agreed by the host Institution.

Following a successful call in 2018, RAD and Alzheimer’s Research UK are launching a second call for proposals funded entirely by RAD.

Get to know the current RAD Fellows.

Applications will open in September 2020 and will be made via the ARUK grant application website.

Objectives of the scheme:

  • To accelerate progress towards research breakthroughs through innovative and ambitious dementia research.
  • To provide outstanding early career dementia researchers with a unique package of flexible funding and developmental opportunities to fast-track their progress towards becoming independent research scientists.
  • To facilitate diverse secondments that foster interdisciplinary and inter-institutional interactions on a global scale.

RAD offers developmental opportunities for Fellows, including a mentorship scheme where they will be matched with top academic scientists, industry and/or commercial professionals, including from the world of Formula One racing. RAD also hosts an annual symposium, where Fellows will have a unique opportunity to participate in a community of expertise, and to interact with a diverse range of stakeholders. A shared focus will be to develop techniques and processes to drive faster progress in dementia research.

Fellows are strongly encouraged to undertake an international secondment to academic or non-academic sectors, to learn skills and develop collaborations that may not be available locally.

“In my world of motorsport I have seen extraordinarily creative systems introduced, as well as incredible work to prevent the fatalities that the sport once endured. I have no doubt that finding a cure for dementia is one of the biggest challenges we’ve ever faced. But my vision is that by thinking out of the box and finding new ways to achieve success. We will find a solution to allow millions of people to live without dementia.” – Sir Jackie Stewart



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