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Calls for funding from the Alzheimer’s Society

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1.  Do you have a summer project for an undergraduate student?

The Alzheimer’s Society have just announced their latest Undergraduate Research Bursary call for summer 2018. The undergraduate bursaries aim to give students experience of research within the field of dementia to encourage them to consider a career in scientific research. Students must be registered at a UK institution for the majority of their undergraduate degree and must be in the middle years (i.e. 2/3, 2/4 or 3/4) of their degree when commencing the studentship. Applications from medical students and allied healthcare professional students are welcomed. A stipend of £200 per week can be requested for up to 8 weeks (maximum £1600). Up to £500 can be claimed towards project expenses.

Applications for Care, Services and Public Health or Biomedical should be submitted by Friday 16th February, 2018. 

2.  Implementation grants – third round open!

The Alzheimer’s Society’s third call for Implementation Grant applications is now open. This unique scheme is designed to move tested evidence based interventions into the real world setting, to translate research into practice. By doing this the Society aims to maximise the benefits of research outputs for people affected by dementia more rapidly. Research-based interventions supported through the implementation grant scheme will have potential to be delivered within the real world in a sustainable way.


Principal investigators must have a contract of employment with the host university that exceeds the planned finish date of the research by at least 12 months. The Principal Investigator must work in partnership with a decision maker from the organisation where the implementation activity will be taking place and this decision maker must be a named co-applicant on the proposal. At least one person affected by dementia must be listed as a co-applicant on the project. This can be either someone with dementia, a carer of someone with dementia or a close family member of someone with dementia.

Applications should be submitted by Friday 2nd February, 2018. 

3.  Dissemination Grants 

The Alzheimer’s Society’s dissemination grants scheme provides funding to support the sharing of research knowledge and material beyond researcher’s own peer groups. It encourages researchers to communicate and engage with people who may be helped and supported by the outcomes of their research. The aim of these grants is to encourage people to understand how research outcomes can improve their work or lives, and how the research findings could be used in future practice and help people affected by dementia.

Alzheimer’s Society welcomes creative dissemination ideas. Examples of dissemination activities may include:
•public engagement workshops;
•cross-disciplinary conferences eg. across clinical, social and biomedical research fields and/or involvement of people affected by dementia in the development or delivery of conferences;
•artistic exhibits, performances or festivals;
•adapting materials for different audiences;
•interactive technologies, databases and audio-visual products;
•media events (such as interviews, or television or radio presentations) or written articles in newspapers or weekly or monthly magazines;
•software or NetWare;
•educational aids, instruments or equipment;
•virtual networking and interactions.

Please note the following activities are not eligible for this scheme: conference attendance; journal publications; and apps designed for people affected by dementia that are not research-focused.

Applicants can apply for up to £2,500 and the deadlines are quarterly throughout the year. The next deadline is midday 28 February. 

If you are interested in any of the above, please contact the relevant research development manager. 


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