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Alzheimer’s Research UK – Autumn Update

A few updates from the Alzheimer’s Research UK.

Grant Deadlines

Online deadline Grant scheme
23 January Major projects; Interdisciplinary Research Grant; Senior Research Fellowship; Research Fellowship; Clinical Research Fellowship; Network Cooperation Grant; Network Resource Grant; Network Support Grant

ARUK-DMT Clinical Research Fellowship; Race Against Dementia Fellowship

30 January Dementia Consortium
20 March Pilot Project Grant; Extension Grant


Two new schemes have been launched:


The ARUK-Dunhill Medical Trust Clinical Research Fellowship. This will fund a clinically qualified researcher (with previous experience in vascular dementia) up to £240,000 to cover salary, support staff, travel and running costs – see here for more info.

The Race Against Dementia Fellowship. This is a one-off call where the scheme will support Early Career Researchers (no more than 3 years post-PhD) with funds up to £500,000 for five years – see here for more info.

2019 Conference

The ARUK Conference for 2019 will be held in Harrogate on 19th-20th March. There will be a keynote lecture by Prof. Philip Scheltens.

On Monday 18th March an Early Careers Day will be held with sessions designed for PhD students, Postdocs and Fellows.

See here for more information on the conference and here for information on the Early Careers Event.

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Alzheimer’s Research UK Grant Schemes

Alzheimer’s Research UK has a large number of different grant schemes through which you can apply for funding. All applications must fall within Charities’s remit which covers biomedical research in Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias.

Grant schemes: Network Support Grants, Equipment Grants and Sabbatical Grants.

Deadline: 20 April

Grant schemes: Global Clinical Trials Fund.

Deadline: 11 May

Grant schemes: Project Grants, Interdisciplinary Research Grants, Senior Research Fellowships, Research Fellowships, Travelling Research Fellowships and Clinical Research Fellowships, Network Support Grants.

Deadline: 6 July

For more information, please visit the Alzheimer’s Research UK Grants page.

For support during your application, please contact Research Development.

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Study shows beneficial effects of blocking brain inflammation in an experimental model of Alzheimer’s

Take a look at this article detailing new research on Alzheimer’s disease funded by the MRC and Alzheimer’s Research UK.

A study, published today in the journal Brain, has found that blocking a receptor in the brain responsible for regulating immune cells could protect against the memory and behaviour changes seen in the progression of Alzheimer’s disease. The research was jointly funded by the MRC and Alzheimer’s Research UK.

It was originally thought that Alzheimer’s disease disturbs the brain’s immune response, but this latest study adds to evidence that inflammation in the brain can in fact drive the development of the disease. The findings suggest that by reducing this inflammation, progression of the disease could be halted.

The team hope the discovery will lead to an effective new treatment for the disease, for which there is currently no cure.

To read more, please visit:

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Alzheimer’s Society Funding

The Alzheimer’s Society invites applications for several funding opportunities.

Project grants

These support research into the cause, cure, care or prevention of any form of dementia.

Junior fellowships

These support postdoctoral researchers who have shown exceptional promise at the start of their research career.

Senior fellowships

These support postdoctoral researchers or other successful researchers who wish to build on a number of successful years of dementia research, and who demonstrate ambition and potential to be independent investigators.

The deadline for applications is 18 Mar 16.

For more information, visit:

For support during your application, please contact your relevant Research Development Manager.

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Alzheimer’s Society: Autumn Grant Round Details

Alz Society Logo Applications are open for the Alzheimer’s Society’s project grants, fellowships and PhD Studentship grants. The deadline for applications is Midday 18th September 2015.

Quick overview of the schemes and the funding available.

Project Grants: Fund up to £400K of direct costs over a 36 month period.  Project grants are for researcher led applications to enable world-class research in to the cause, cure, care or prevention of any form of dementia.

Further information can be assessed here

Fellowship Grants: Funds up to £225K (including the fellow’s salary) over a 36 month period. Junior Fellowships are for post-doctoral researchers who have shown exceptional promise at the start of their research career. Applicants should demonstrate potential to be an independent researcher.

Fellowships are open to researchers from all disciplines, health and care professions, in line with Alzheimer’s Society’s vision to increase capacity.

Further information can be assessed here

PhD Studentships: Funding of up to £85,000 is provided for up to three years and includes a stipend (£15,000-£16,000 per year), university PhD fees at EU rates, consumables & equipment, and conference dissemination support. Please note: Students must have at least a 2.1 degree.

Further information can be assessed here


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NEW FUNDING ALERT: Alzheimer’s Society, Implementation grants

Alzeimer's Society LogoThe Alzheimer’s Society is launching a new grant scheme in 2015 to enable the scaling-up of promising non-drug treatments, programmes and services to improve the health and well-being of people affected by dementia.

The implementation grant scheme is open to people looking to move dementia care, services and public health research into practice.

Further Details: Applicants can apply for grants of up to £400,000 that will either:

a) enable the scale-up of evidence based interventions that have been shown to improve care and are ready to be implemented at a larger scale, or;
b) lay the foundations for the scale-up of evidence based interventions; preparatory work and testing the feasibility of bringing dementia research knowledge into the real world.

All applications must:

  • demonstrate involvement of appropriate end users of the research in the development and delivery of the proposal
  • proposals must demonstrate sufficient evidence, for example from up to date systematic reviews, that the intervention is ready to be moved into the outside world.
  • use methods for enabling change that are grounded in theory.

Outline Application Deadline: 21st August 2015

Further details:

Please contact the RKE office to discuss your ideas!

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New global funding call: Alzheimer’s Association, The Michael J. Fox Foundation and the Weston Brain Institute

news   New global funding call, joint with the Alzheimer’s Association, The Michael J. Fox Foundation and the Weston Brain Institute.
Biomarkers Across Neurodegenerative Diseases (BAND2) aims to stimulate analyses of existing datasets across Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and other neurodegenerative diseases to increase understanding of similarities and differences in their pathogenesis. This scheme is open to researchers in both the UK and beyond, and post-doctoral researchers are eligible to apply as a principal investigator. Applicants may request up to two years and $150,000 in costs.

The study of existing well-annotated and defined cohorts is a requirement. Grant proposals could address, but are not limited to, the following areas of study:

  1. Analysis of existing neurodegenerative disease datasets.
  2. Standardisation of data acquisition/methods/quality control/assays.
  3. Biomarker cross-talk between neurodegenerative diseases.
  4. Investigate common mechanisms across the broader spectrum of neurodegenerative diseases.
  5. Investigate age-related changes and risk factors for neurodegeneration.

Letters on intent are due on 9 April, with full applications (by invitation) due on 26 June. Please visit the Alzheimer’s Association website for more information.