Young Investigator of the Year Award

Celebrating Excellence in Dementia Research

We have launched an Award to celebrate excellence in dementia research. The Alzheimer’s Research UK Young Investigator of the Year Award, worth £25,000 in research expenses, will be presented each year to the most outstanding early career researcher in the field of biomedical dementia research.

The Award will be judged by an external panel of prominent international researchers, who will be looking for excellence in scientific research, a significant contribution to the field and quality of scientific writing in an essay. The winner must be able to attend and present at the Alzheimer’s Research UK Conference in Aberdeen, UK on 14/15 March 2017. The Prize winner’s travel at standard fare and accommodation for the meeting are also covered by the award. Closing date is 5 pm on 31 August 2016 (GMT/UTC). The winner will be notified by early November 2016.

Remit: Biomedical dementia research

Age limit: Researchers with less than 10 years post PhD/MD experience (career breaks and other circumstances will be considered, please enquire)

Location: Applications are welcomed from dementia researchers worldwide.

Award Criterion: A significant contribution to biomedical dementia research summarised in a 1,000 word essay.

Application process:

Please submit the application form and the following sent via email to

  • An essay, written by the entrant, which describes their research and places it in perspective to current dementia research. The essay must not exceed 1,000 words in length. The applicant must have performed, directed or had significant input into all of the research described in the essay, unless where stated otherwise.
  • A one-page letter of recommendation from his or her postdoctoral adviser, supervisor, collaborator or other senior colleague who is familiar with the entrant’s work.
  • A Curriculum Vitae that includes the following:
    • Degrees and qualifications
    • Full citations of papers that the entrant has published on the research described in the essay;
    • Academic and professional awards and honours that the entrant has received; and
    • Relevant professional experience
  • Copies of two of the entrant’s papers that are most relevant to the essay.