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Grant schemes

Alzheimer’s Research UK has a large number of different grant schemes through which you can apply for funding. A brief overview of each of our schemes can be found below, with examples of some of our currently funded projects on the Research projects page.

Applications are made via our grant application website and there is more information on how to complete an application.

All applications must fall within ARUK’s remit: research into causes, cures, preventions, diagnoses and treatments for Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias. These include vascular dementia, dementia with Lewy bodies, and frontotemporal dementias. We do not fund carer-focused research but will consider applications that address the behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia.

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Pilot Project

Next Deadline: 10/10/2014
Funding decision by: 06/02/2015

The Pilot Project scheme provides funds for small innovative research projects and pilot studies. The Pilot Project scheme is meant for novel research ideas that if successful would lead to a Major project or programme application to ARUK or other funding body. ARUK accepts that most of these projects will be risky and that not all will be successful.

Duration Up to two years.

Amount

Up to £50,000. This can cover staff members, equipment, animals, running costs, or any combinations of these.

Deadline

There are two application rounds a year. The next deadline is 10 October 2014. Applicants will be notified of the decision by 6 February 2015. The following one is 20 March 2015 with the notification of decision by 3 July 2015.

Eligibility

The Lead Applicant and point of contact must be based in a UK academic/research institution. However, the application can include researchers or institutions outside the UK.

The Lead Applicant must have a contract with the institution covering the duration of the grant. If the Lead Applicant does not hold a tenure appointment, the application must include a co-applicant that does.

If the project requires ethical approval and/or Home Office licences, the award is dependent upon the requisite approvals being granted.

Application form


Applications must be made through our grant applications website. Grant schemes only appear on this website when the round is open and we are accepting new applications.

This is an example Pilot Project Grant application form.

Review Process

Alzheimer’s Research UK is a member of the Association of Medical Research Charities and follows their guidelines for best practice in peer review. Grants are awarded entirely on scientific merit and on the basis of open competition. The quality of the application and applicants is the key determinant of outcome, although the strength of the dementia research environment within the institution is also considered.

Triage 

Scientific Advisory Board (SAB) members are asked to read a subset of applications related to their area of expertise and give yes/no decisions on whether an application should proceed to the next stage of review.

Discussion in meeting

Each application is allocated to two SAB members, based roughly on their areas of expertise. The two members will present the application to the rest of the board, including any relevant information from external reviews or applicant responses. A short discussion will follow before the SAB score the application. Applications for each grant scheme are ranked by their average score and recommendations for funding are made.

Trustee meeting

Those applications recommended for funding by the SAB are presented to the trustees for final approval.

Conditions of grant

The terms and conditions of grant differ for each grant scheme and contracts are drawn up individually once the grants have been awarded. This is an example award letter and contract for Pilot Project Grants.

Monitoring

All grant holders are expected to report on the progress of their project on a regular basis. Read more about our reporting requirements on the monitoring research projects page.

For more information about any of the grant schemes or the application process please contact the Research Team research@alzheimersresearchuk.org or 0300 111 5555

Preparatory Clinical Research Fellowship

Next Deadline: 10/10/2014
Funding decision by: 06/02/2015

The Preparatory Clinical Research Fellowship is designed for clinicians at various stages of training who are planning a career in academic medicine. Fellows will be expected to obtain the necessary research track record and skills to compete for full Clinical Fellowships through Alzheimer's Research UK or elsewhere.

Duration

Up to one year.

Amount

Funding for salary at Specialty Registrar level or equivalent university scales and a contribution toward research and travel costs (up to £20,000).

Deadline

There are two application rounds a year. The next deadline is 10 October 2014. Applicants will be notified of the decision by 6 February 2015.

The following one is 20 March 2015 with the notification of decision by 3 July 2015.

Eligibility

The Preparatory Clinical Research Fellowship is suitable for trainee Old Age/General Psychiatrists, Neurologists, Clinical Psychologists and similar specialists. Before applying please check that this is the most appropriate scheme; ARUK also funds a three year Clinical Research Fellowship.

The Lead Applicant and point of contact must be based in a UK academic/research institution. However, the application can include researchers or institutions outside the UK.

Fellows are required to have secured at least one supervisor for the application. 

The prospective Fellow and Lead Supervisor must be based in the UK, but co-supervisors and collaborators can be from abroad. Although this scheme can be for either clinical or ‘basic’ research projects, at least one supervisor must be clinically qualified (UK MRCP, MRCPsych, BPS accreditation, or equivalent) with an honorary clinical contract. The Lead Supervisor must have a contract (fixed term or tenure) with the host institution covering the proposed duration of the Fellowship. If the Lead Supervisor does not hold a tenure appointment, the application must include a co-supervisor that does. 

The Supervisor will provide the required facilities, will have oversight of the Fellow and their research programme, and will contribute actively to the further training of the Fellow. Fellowships must be applied for by the proposed Fellow, not the supervisor(s).

If the project requires Ethics approval and/or Home Office licences, the award is dependent upon the requisite approvals being granted.

Application form

Applications must be made through our grant applications website. Grant schemes only appear on this website when the round is open and we are accepting new applications.

This is an example Preparatory Clinical Research Fellowships Grant application form.

Review Process

Alzheimer’s Research UK is a member of the Association of Medical Research Charities and follows their guidelines for best practice in peer review. Grants are awarded entirely on scientific merit and on the basis of open competition. The quality of the application and applicants is the key determinant of outcome, although the strength of the dementia research environment within the institution is also considered.

External Review

Applications requesting funding of over £50,000 per year are subjected to external peer review. Applications are sent to researchers in the UK and worldwide who specialise in the area of the application, but who do not have a conflict of interest and are not a member of the SAB. The comments made by the external reviewers are made available to the SAB members. The external reviews and rebuttals will be discussed at an SAB meeting alongside the other Major grant applications in that round.


Discussion in meeting

Each application is allocated to two SAB members, based roughly on their areas of expertise. The two members will present the application to the rest of the board, including any relevant information from external reviews or applicant responses. A short discussion will follow before the SAB score the application and decide whether or not to call the prospective Fellow to interview. 

Interviews

Interviews normally take place in the fortnight following the SAB meeting. The interview panel comprises a subset of the SAB and the Director of Research at ARUK. The prospective Fellow will be asked to give a 15-20 minute PowerPoint presentation on their work.

Trustee meeting

Those applications recommended for funding by the SAB are presented to the trustees for final approval.

Conditions of grant

The terms and conditions of grant differ for each grant scheme and contracts are drawn up individually once the grants have been awarded. This is an example award letter and contract for Preparatory Clinical Research Fellowships Grant.

Monitoring

All grant holders are expected to report on the progress of their project on a regular basis. Read more about our reporting requirements on the monitoring research projects page.

For more information about any of the grant schemes or the application process please contact the Research Team at research@alzheimersresearchuk.org or 0300 111 5555.


Sabbatical/Secondment

Next Deadline: 21/11/2014
Funding decision by: 06/02/2015

Sabbaticals/Secondments are for tenure/tenure-track researchers who wish to enrich their research programmes and establish collaborations. This scheme enables the researcher to experience new/interdisciplinary areas which would not be possible through existing funds.

Duration

Six to twelve months.

Amount

The maximum budget is £50,000 which can include staff members, equipment, animals, running costs, or any combinations of these.

Deadline

There are two application rounds a year. The next deadline is  21 November 2014. Applicants will be notified of the decision by 6 February 2015.

The following one is 1 May 2015 with the notification of decision by 3 July 2015.

Eligibility

The Lead applicant and point of contact must be based in a UK academic/research institution. However, the application can include researchers or institutions outside the UK.

If the project requires Ethics approval and/or Home Office licences, the award is dependent upon the requisite approvals being granted

The Lead Applicant is expected to have a contract (fixed term or tenure) which covers the proposed duration of the grant. If the Lead Applicant does not hold a tenure appointment, the application must include a co-applicant that does.  

Application form

Applications must be made through our grant applications website. Grant schemes only appear on this website when the round is open and we are accepting new applications.

This is an example Sabbatical Grant application form.

Review Process

Alzheimer’s Research UK is a member of the Association of Medical Research Charities and follows their guidelines for best practice in peer review. Grants are awarded entirely on scientific merit and on the basis of open competition. The quality of the application and applicants is the key determinant of outcome, although the strength of the dementia research environment within the institution is also considered.

Discussion in meeting

Each application is allocated to two Scientific Advisory Board (SAB) members, based roughly on their areas of expertise. The two members will present the application to the rest of the board, including any relevant information from external reviews or applicant responses. A short discussion will follow before the SAB score the application. Applications for each grant scheme are ranked by their average score and recommendations for funding are made.

Trustee meeting

Those applications recommended for funding by the SAB are presented to the trustees for final approval.

Conditions of grant

The terms and conditions of grant differ for each grant scheme and contracts are drawn up individually once the grants have been awarded. This is an example award letter and contract for Sabbatical Grants.

Monitoring

All grant holders are expected to report on the progress of their project on a regular basis. Read more about our reporting requirements on the monitoring research projects page.

For more information about any of the grant schemes or the application process please contact the Research Team at research@alzheimersresearchuk.org or 0300 111 5555.

Extension

Next Deadline: 10/10/2014
Funding decision by: 06/02/2014

The Extension grant scheme is for ARUK Major grants that would benefit from additional funding due to advances (e.g. in knowledge, technology available) that were not predicted in the initial application and would significantly enhance the overall outcome.

Duration

Up to one year.

Amount

Up to £100,000.

Deadline

There are two application rounds per year. The next deadline is 10 October 2014. Applicants will be notified of the decision by 6 February 2015.

The following one is 20 March 2015 with the notification of decision by 3 July 2015.   

Eligibility

The Lead Applicant and point of contact must be based in a UK academic/research institution. However, the application can include researchers or institutions outside the UK.

Only one extension grant will be permitted per ARUK Major grant.

The Lead Applicant must be the named grant holder for the ARUK Major grant to be extended.

The Lead Applicant is expected to have a contract (fixed term or tenure) which covers the proposed duration of the grant. If the Lead Applicant does not hold a tenure appointment, the application must include a co-applicant that does.  Do you qualify?

If the project requires Ethics approval and/or Home Office licences, the award is dependent upon the requisite approvals being granted.


Application form

Applications must be made through our grant applications website. Grant schemes only appear on this website when the round is open and we are accepting new applications.

This is an example Extension Grant application form.

Review Process

Alzheimer’s Research UK is a member of the Association of Medical Research Charities and follows their guidelines for best practice in peer review. Grants are awarded entirely on scientific merit and on the basis of open competition. The quality of the application and applicants is the key determinant of outcome, although the strength of the dementia research environment within the institution is also considered.

External review

Applications requesting funding of over £50,000 per year are subjected to external peer review. Applications are sent to researchers in the UK and worldwide who specialise in the area of the application, but who do not have a conflict of interest and are not a member of the SAB. The comments made by the external reviewers are made available to the SAB members. The external reviews and rebuttals will be discussed at an SAB meeting alongside the other Major grant applications in that round.

Discussion in meeting

If the application is for less than £50,000 it will go straight to the SAB meeting.

Each application is allocated to two SAB members, based roughly on their areas of expertise. The two members will present the application to the rest of the board, including any relevant information from external reviews or applicant responses.  A short discussion will follow before the SAB score the application. Applications for each grant scheme are ranked by their average score and recommendations for funding are made.

Trustee meeting

Those applications recommended for funding by the SAB are presented to the trustees for final approval.

The terms and conditions of grant differ for each grant scheme and contracts are drawn up individually once the grants have been awarded. This is an example award letter and contract for Extension Grants.

Monitoring

All grant holders are expected to report on the progress of their project on a regular basis. Read more about our reporting requirements on the monitoring research projects page.

For more information about any of the grant schemes or the application process please contact the Research Team research@alzheimersresearchuk.org or 0300 111 5555.


Major Project

Next Deadline: 23/01/2015
Funding decision by: 03/07/2015

The Major project grant scheme provides funds for high quality research projects.

Duration

Up to five years.

Amount

Up to £1 million to cover salaries (research, technical, students etc.), equipment, animal costs and running costs (consumables, travel etc.)

Deadline

There are two application rounds per year. The next deadline is 23 January 2015. Applicants will be notified of the decision by the beginning of July 2015.

The following one is 3 July 2015 with the notification of decision by the beginning of February 2016.   

Eligibility

The lead applicant and point of contact must be based in a UK academic/research institution. However, the application can include researchers or institutions outside the UK. 

The lead applicant must have a contract with the institution covering the duration of the grant. If the lead applicant does not hold a tenure or tenure-track appointment, the application must include a co-applicant that does. 

The Lead Applicant is expected to have a contract (fixed term or tenure) which covers the proposed duration of the grant. If the Lead Applicant does not hold a tenure appointment, the application must include a co-applicant that does. If the project requires ethical approval and/or Home Office licences, the award is dependent upon the requisite approvals being granted.

Application form

Applications must be made through our grant applications website. Grant schemes only appear on this website when the round is open and we are accepting new applications.

This is an example Major Grant application form.

Review Process

Alzheimer’s Research UK is a member of the Association of Medical Research Charities and follows their guidelines for best practice in peer review. Grants are awarded entirely on scientific merit and on the basis of open competition. The quality of the application and applicants is the key determinant of outcome, although the strength of the dementia research environment within the institution is also considered.

Triage

Our Scientific Advisory Board (SAB) members are asked to read a subset of applications related to their area of expertise and give yes/no decisions on whether an application should proceed to the next stage of review.

External review

Applications requesting funding of over £50,000 per year are subjected to external peer review. Applications are sent to researchers in the UK and worldwide who specialise in the area of the application, but who do not have a conflict of interest and are not a member of the SAB. The comments made by the external reviewers are made available to the SAB members.

Review response

The applicants are provided with anonymised copies of the external reviews and given the opportunity to provide a written response.

Discussion in meeting

Each application is allocated to two SAB members, based roughly on their areas of expertise. The two members will present the application to the rest of the board, including any relevant information from external reviews or applicant responses. A short discussion will follow before the SAB score the application. Applications for each grant scheme are ranked by their average score and recommendations for funding are made.

Trustee meeting

Those applications recommended for funding by the SAB are presented to the trustees for final approval.

Conditions of grant

The terms and conditions of grant differ for each grant scheme and contracts are drawn up individually once the grants have been awarded. This is an example award letter and contract for Major Grants.

Monitoring

All grant holders are expected to report on the progress of their project on a regular basis. Read more about our reporting requirements on the monitoring research projects page.

For more information about any of the grant schemes or the application process please contact the Research Team research@alzheimersresearchuk.org or 0300 111 5555.

Clinical Research Fellowship

Next Deadline: 19/09/2014
Funding decision by: 19/12/2014

Duration

Up to three years.

Amount

Salary (at Speciality Registrar level or equivalent university scales), and a contribution toward research and travel costs. These costs are normally for up to £10,000 per annum but ARUK will consider requests for up to £15,000 per annum if there is sufficient justification with inherently costly research (such as brain imaging or animal work).

Deadline

There are two application rounds a year. The next deadline is 19 September 2014.

Applicants will be notified of the decision by 19 December 2014.

The following one is 23 January 2015 with the notification of decision by 3 July 2015.

Eligibility

Alzheimer’s Research UK prefers that it is the prospective Fellow that applies as Lead Applicant. However, in the absence of one then a prospective supervisor may apply as the Lead Applicant.

Prospective Fellows acting as Lead Applicant are required to have secured a prospective supervisor who must be a co-applicant. If prospective supervisors already have a nominated candidate for the Fellowship, it is preferable that they are Lead Applicant. However prospective supervisors without a nominated candidate and who plan to recruit a Fellow following a conditional award offer from ARUK can apply directly and are required to be a senior established investigator in the institution where the Fellowship is to be held./p>

The prospective Fellow and Lead Supervisor must be based in the UK, but co-supervisors and collaborators can be from abroad. Although this scheme can be for either clinical or ‘basic’ research projects, at least one supervisor must be clinically qualified (UK MRCP, MRCPsych, BPS accreditation, or equivalent) with an honorary clinical contract. The Lead Supervisor must have a contract (fixed term or tenure) with the host institution covering the proposed duration of the Fellowship. If the Lead Supervisor does not hold a tenure appointment, the application must include a co-supervisor that does.

Application form

Applications must be made through our grant applications website. Grant schemes only appear on this website when the round is open and we are accepting new applications.

This is an example Clinical Research Fellowship grant application form.

Review Process

Alzheimer’s Research UK is a member of the Association of Medical Research Charities and follows their guidelines for best practice in peer review. Grants are awarded entirely on scientific merit and on the basis of open competition. The quality of the application and applicants is the key determinant of outcome, although the strength of the dementia research environment within the institution is also considered.

Triage

Scientific Advisory Board (SAB) members are asked to read a subset of applications related to their area of expertise and give yes/no decisions on whether an application should proceed to the next stage of review.

External review

Applications requesting funding of over £50,000 per year are subjected to external peer review. Applications are sent to researchers in the UK and worldwide who specialise in the area of the application, but who do not have a conflict of interest and are not a member of the SAB. The comments made by the external reviewers are made available to the SAB members.

Discussion in meeting

Each application is allocated to two SAB members, based roughly on their areas of expertise. The two members will present the application to the rest of the board, including any relevant information from external reviews or applicant responses. A short discussion will follow before the SAB score the application and decide whether or not to call the prospective Fellow to interview.

Interview

Interviews normally take place in the fortnight following the summer SAB meeting. The interview panel comprises a subset of the SAB and the Director of Research at ARUK. The prospective Fellow will be asked to give a 15-20 minute PowerPoint presentation on their work.

Trustee meeting

Those applications recommended for funding by the SAB are presented to the trustees for final approval.

Conditions of grant

The terms and conditions of grant differ for each grant scheme and contracts are drawn up individually once the grants have been awarded. This is an example award letter and contract for Clinical Research Fellowship Grants.

Monitoring

All grant holders are expected to report on the progress of their project on a regular basis. Read more about our reporting requirements on the monitoring research projects page.

For more information about any of the grant schemes or the application process please contact the Research Team research@alzheimersresearchuk.org or 0300 111 5555.

Research Fellowship

Next Deadline: 23/01/2015
Funding decision by: 03/07/2015

This scheme is for PhD qualified non-clinical researchers. If you are a clinician, apply through the Preparatory/Clinical Research Fellowship schemes.

Duration

Up to three years

Amount

Funding for salary and a contribution toward research and travel costs. These costs are for up to £20,000 per annum.

Deadline

There are two application rounds per year. The next deadline is 23 January 2015. Applicants will be notified of the decision by 3 July 2015.

The following one is 3 July 2015 with the notification of decision by 5 February 2016.   

Eligibility

Research Fellowships are intended for junior (non-clinically qualified) researchers of demonstrated ability and high potential, either just emerging from PhD training or within a short period of obtaining a PhD (up to five years, adjustable for career breaks).

The prospective Fellow and Lead Supervisor must be based in a UK academic/research institution. However, the application can include co-applicants or collaborators from outside the UK.

Fellows are required to have secured a supervisor, a senior established investigator in the institution where the Fellowship is to be held. The Supervisor will provide the facilities required for the research programme, will have oversight of the Fellow and their research programme, and will contribute actively to the further training of the Fellow.

Supervisors are expected to hold tenure appointments.

Fellowships must be applied for by the prospective Fellow, not the supervisors.

If the project requires Ethics approval and/or Home Office licences, the award is dependent upon the requisite approvals being granted.


Application form

Applications must be made through our grant applications website. Grant schemes only appear on this website when the round is open and we are accepting new applications.

This is an example Research Fellowship application form.

Review Process

Alzheimer’s Research UK is a member of the Association of Medical Research Charities and follows their guidelines for best practice in peer review. Grants are awarded entirely on scientific merit and on the basis of open competition. The quality of the application and applicants is the key determinant of outcome, although the strength of the dementia research environment within the institution is also considered.

Triage

Scientific Advisory Board (SAB) members are asked to read a subset of applications related to their area of expertise and give yes/no decisions on whether an application should proceed to the next stage of review.

External review

Applications requesting funding of over £50,000 per year are subjected to external peer review. Applications are sent to researchers in the UK and worldwide who specialise in the area of the application, but who do not have a conflict of interest and are not a member of the SAB. The comments made by the external reviewers are made available to the SAB members.

Review response

The applicants are provided with anonymised copies of the external reviews and given the opportunity to provide a written response.

Discussion in meeting

Each application is allocated to two SAB members, based roughly on their areas of expertise. The two members will present the application to the rest of the board, including any relevant information from external reviews or applicant responses. A short discussion will follow before the SAB score the application and decide whether or not to call the prospective Fellow to interview. 

Interview

Interviews normally take place in the fortnight following the summer SAB meeting. The interview panel comprises a subset of the SAB and the Director of Research at ARUK. The prospective Fellow will be asked to give a 15-20 minute PowerPoint presentation on their work.

Trustee meeting

Those applications recommended for funding by the SAB are presented to the trustees for final approval.

Conditions of grant

The terms and conditions of grant differ for each grant scheme and contracts are drawn up individually once the grants have been awarded. This is an example award letter and contract for Research Fellowships.

Monitoring

All grant holders are expected to report on the progress of their project on a regular basis. Read more about our reporting requirements on the monitoring research projects page.

For more information about any of the grant schemes or the application process please contact the Research Team research@alzheimersresearchuk.org or 0300 111 5555.

Senior Research Fellowship

Next Deadline: 23/01/2015
Funding decision by: 03/07/2015

Our Senior Research Fellowships are designed to retain excellent dementia researchers who have clear potential to become leading Principal Investigators but have not yet attained a tenure/tenure-track position. We hope to encourage packages which include university funding, thus committing institutions to consider tenured or tenure-track appointment on completion.

Duration

Up to four years with the possibility of a one year extension.

Amount

Up to £420,000 to cover Fellow salary, support staff and running costs.

Deadline

There are two appliction rounds per year. The next deadline is 23 January 2015. Applicants will be notified of the decision by 3 July 2015.

The following one is 3 July 2015 with the notification of decision by 5 February 2016.   

Eligibility

Senior Fellowships are intended for outstanding researchers who have a strong track record in dementia research but have not yet achieved tenure status.

Prospective Senior Fellows must have obtained their terminal degree within the last three to ten years (adjustable for career breaks).

Prospective Senior Fellows are required to have secured the sponsorship of a senior established investigator in the institution where the Fellowship is to be held. The sponsor will provide the facilities required for the research programme.

Senior Fellowship sponsors are expected to hold tenure appointments.

Senior Fellowships must be applied for by the prospective Fellow, not the Sponsor.

The Lead Applicant must be based in a UK academic/research institution. However, the application can include researchers or institutions outside the UK.

If the project requires Ethics approval and/or Home Office licences, the award is dependent upon the requisite approvals being granted.

Application form

Applications must be made through our grant applications website. Grant schemes only appear on this website when the round is open and we are accepting new applications.

This is an example Senior Research Fellowship application form.

Review Process

Alzheimer’s Research UK is a member of the Association of Medical Research Charities and follows their guidelines for best practice in peer review. Grants are awarded entirely on scientific merit and on the basis of open competition. The quality of the application and applicants is the key determinant of outcome, although the strength of the dementia research environment within the institution is also considered.

Triage

Scientific Advisory Board (SAB) members are asked to read a subset of applications related to their area of expertise and give yes/no decisions on whether an application should proceed to the next stage of review.

External review

Applications requesting funding of over £50,000 per year are subjected to external peer review. Applications are sent to researchers in the UK and worldwide who specialise in the area of the application, but who do not have a conflict of interest and are not a member of the SAB. The comments made by the external reviewers are made available to the SAB members.

Review response

The applicants are provided with anonymised copies of the external reviews and given the opportunity to provide a written response.

Discussion in meeting

Each application is allocated to two SAB members, based roughly on their areas of expertise. The two members will present the application to the rest of the board, including any relevant information from external reviews or applicant responses. A short discussion will follow before the SAB score the application and decide whether or not to call the prospective Fellow to interview. 

Interview

Interviews normally take place in the fortnight following the summer SAB meeting. The interview panel comprises a subset of the SAB and the Director of Research at ARUK. The prospective Fellow will be asked to give a 15-20 minute PowerPoint presentation on their work.

Trustee meeting

Those applications recommended for funding by the SAB are presented to the trustees for final approval.

Conditions of grant

The terms and conditions of grant differ for each grant scheme and contracts are drawn up individually once the grants have been awarded. This is an example award letter and contract for a Senior Research Fellowship.

Monitoring

All grant holders are expected to report on the progress of their project on a regular basis. Read more about our reporting requirements on the monitoring research projects page.

For more information about any of the grant schemes or the application process please contact the Research Team research@alzheimersresearchuk.org or 0300 111 5555.

Travelling Research Fellowship

Next Deadline: 23/01/2015
Funding decision by: 03/07/2015

The Travelling Research Fellowship scheme is designed to provide Fellows (clinical or non-clinical) with an opportunity to travel abroad (up to one year) to develop collaborations and learn new techniques which would not be possible in the host UK institution.


Duration

Up to three years.

Funding for salary and a contribution towards research and travel costs (up to £60,000) for the home (UK) lab and visiting (abroad) lab.

Deadline

There are two application rounds per year. The next deadline is 23 January 2015. Applicants will be notified of the decision by 3 July 2015.

The following one is 3 July 2015 with the notification of decision by 5 February 2016.   

Eligibility

Travelling Research Fellowships are intended for researchers (clinical or non-clinical) of demonstrated ability and high potential to establish their careers in dementia research. Prospective Travelling Fellows must have obtained their terminal degree within the last 10 years (adjustable for career breaks).

Travelling Fellows are required to have secured two supervisors, both senior established investigators in the institutions (UK and abroad) where the Fellowship is to be held. The Supervisors will provide the facilities required for the research programme, will have oversight of the Fellow and their research programme, and will contribute actively to the further training of the Fellow.

The final six months of the Fellowship must be spent in the UK.

Fellowships must be applied for by the prospective Fellow, not the Supervisors.

The prospective Fellow must be based in a UK academic/research institution. However, the application can include co-applicants or collaborators from outside the UK.

If the project requires Ethics approval and/or Home Office licences, the award is dependent upon the requisite approvals being granted.


Application form

Applications must be made through our grant applications website. Grant schemes only appear on this website when the round is open and we are accepting new applications.

This is an example Travelling Research Fellowship Grant application form.

Review Process

Alzheimer’s Research UK is a member of the Association of Medical Research Charities and follows their guidelines for best practice in peer review. Grants are awarded entirely on scientific merit and on the basis of open competition. The quality of the application and applicants is the key determinant of outcome, although the strength of the dementia research environment within the institution is also considered.

Triage

Scientific Advisory Board (SAB) members are asked to read a subset of applications related to their area of expertise and give yes/no decisions on whether an application should proceed to the next stage of review.

External review

Applications requesting funding of over £50,000 per year are subjected to external peer review. Applications are sent to researchers in the UK and worldwide who specialise in the area of the application, but who do not have a conflict of interest and are not a member of the SAB. The comments made by the external reviewers are made available to the SAB members.

Discussion in meeting

Each application is allocated to two SAB members, based roughly on their areas of expertise. The two members will present the application to the rest of the board, including any relevant information from external reviews or applicant responses. A short discussion will follow before the SAB score the application and decide whether or not to call the prospective Fellow to interview. 

Interview

Interviews normally take place in the fortnight following the summer SAB meeting. The interview panel comprises a subset of the SAB and the Director of Research at ARUK. The prospective Fellow will be asked to give a 15-20 minute PowerPoint presentation on their work.

Trustee meeting

Those applications recommended for funding by the SAB are presented to the trustees for final approval.

Conditions of grant

The terms and conditions of grant differ for each grant scheme and contracts are drawn up individually once the grants have been awarded. This is an example award letter and contract for Travelling Research Fellowship Grants.

Monitoring

All grant holders are expected to report on the progress of their project on a regular basis. Read more about our reporting requirements on the monitoring research projects page.

For more information about any of the grant schemes or the application process please contact the Research Team research@alzheimersresearchuk.org or 0300 111 5555.

Scientific Conference

Next Deadline:
Funding decision by:

The scheme is to promote networking, collaborations, communication and dissemination of research results through scientific conferences.

Amount

If you are organising a conference and would like financial support from Alzheimer’s Research UK, we are now able to support you through sponsorship (please contact us directly at research@alzheimersresearchuk.org). We are keen to support relevant conferences with sponsorship but if your meeting does not have sponsorship packages you can still apply for funding of up to £2,000.

Deadline

Applications can be submitted at any time and a decision will usually be given within one to two months.

Eligibility

Applicants must be organising or hosting the conference.

The Lead Applicant and point of contact must be based in a UK academic/research institution. However, the conference co-applicants and venue may be international.

The Lead Applicant is expected to have a contract (fixed term or tenure) which covers the proposed duration of the grant. If the Lead Applicant does not hold a tenure appointment, the application must include a co-applicant that does.  

Application form

Applications must be made through our grant applications website. Grant schemes only appear on this website when the round is open and we are accepting new applications.

This is an example Scientific Conference Grant application form.

Review Process

A decision on whether to provide sponsorship or funding is made by the Alzheimer’s Research UK Research Team.

Conditions of grant

The terms and conditions of grant differ for each grant scheme and contracts are drawn up individually once the grants have been awarded. This is an example Scientific Conference Grant award letter.

For more information about any of the grant schemes or the application process please contact the Research Team research@alzheimersresearchuk.org or 0300 111 5555.

Emergency Support

Next Deadline: 21/11/2014
Funding decision by: 06/02/2015

This scheme is designed to act as a bridge to other funding which has already been secured or there is a clear plan to secure, or where there is a clearly-argued need to retain key staff or to complete key pieces of work to a tangible end point.

The Lead Applicant and point of contact must be a member of the ARUK Network.

Duration

Up to one year.

Amount

Up to £30,000.

Deadline

There are four application rounds each year, two of which feed into the Scientific Advisory Board meetings and two of which are decided outside of these meetings. The next deadlines are: 
  • 21 November 2014. Applicants will be notified by 6 February 2015
  • 13 February 2015. Applicants will be notified of a decision within two months 
  • 1 May 2015. Applicants will be notified by 3 July 2014
  • 3 July 2015. Applicants will be notified within one month.

Eligibility

This scheme does not cover extensions to research delayed by difficulties with experiments.
The Lead Applicant and point of contact must be a member of the ARUK Network.

The Lead Applicant is expected to have a contract (fixed term or tenure) which covers the proposed duration of the grant. If the Lead Applicant does not hold a tenure appointment, the application must include a co-applicant that does.  Do you qualify?


Application form

Applications must be made through our grant applications website. Grant schemes only appear on this website when the round is open and we are accepting new applications.

This is an example Emergency Support Grant application form.

Review Process

Alzheimer’s Research UK is a member of the Association of Medical Research Charities and follows their guidelines for best practice in peer review. Grants are awarded entirely on scientific merit and on the basis of open competition. The quality of the application and applicants is the key determinant of outcome, although the strength of the dementia research environment within the institution is also considered.

For those feeding into the SAB meetings:

Discussion in meeting

Each application is allocated to two SAB members, based roughly on their areas of expertise. The two members will present the application to the rest of the board, including any relevant information from external reviews or applicant responses. A short discussion will follow before the SAB score the application. Applications for each grant scheme are ranked by their average score and recommendations for funding are made.

Trustee meeting

Those applications recommended for funding by the SAB are presented to the trustees for final approval.

For those not:

Email vote

All Scientific Advisory Board (SAB) members are asked to read the application and associated documents and give a yes/no decision for whether or not the application should be funded giving comments.

Teleconference

A sub group of the SAB hold a teleconference to discuss the application and the comments raised and a decision is reached.

Conditions of grant

The terms and conditions of grant differ for each grant scheme and contracts are drawn up individually once the grants have been awarded. This is an example award letter and contract for Emergency Support Grants.

Monitoring

All grant holders are expected to report on the progress of their project on a regular basis. Read more about our reporting requirements on the monitoring research projects page.

For more information about any of the grant schemes or the application process please contact the Research Team research@alzheimersresearchuk.org or 0300 111 5555.

PhD Scholarship

Next Deadline: 10/10/2014
Funding decision by: 06/02/2015

This scheme is for a full PhD programme; it does not cover funding gaps for students who have already started their studies.

Duration

Three years.

Amount

Our PhD Scholarships provide a stipend of £15,000 per annum (£16,000 in London), PhD tuition fees at the Home/EU rate and research/travel costs These costs are normally for up to £10,000 per annum but ARUK will consider requests for up to £15,000 per annum if there is sufficient justification with inherently costly research (eg imaging, animal work).

Deadline

There is one application round a year. The next deadline is 10 October 2014. Applicants will be notified of the decision by 6 February 2015.

Eligibility

The Lead Applicant and point of contact must be based in a UK academic/research institution. However, the application can include researchers or institutions outside the UK.

PhD Scholarships can only be applied for by individual or joint supervisors, not students.

The Lead Supervisor is expected to have a contract (fixed term or tenure) which covers the proposed duration of the grant. If the Lead Applicant does not hold a tenure appointment, the application must include a co-supervisor that does. If the project requires ethical approval and/or Home Office licences, the award is dependent upon the requisite approvals being granted. ARUK recognises it may not be possible to identify the student until after a funding decision has been made. However, the confirmation of an award is dependent on ARUK approval of the student who will undertake the project. This confirmation will require evidence that the student is of high calibre and strongly motivated.

Although it is anticipated that the PhD Scholarship will begin at the start of the next academic year, there is some flexibility with respect to start date.

Application form

Applications must be made through our grant applications website. Grant schemes only appear on this website when the round is open and we are accepting new applications.

This is an example PhD scholarship application form.

Review Process

Triage

Scientific Advisory Board (SAB) members are asked to read a subset of applications related to their area of expertise and give yes/no decisions on whether an application should proceed to the next stage of review.

Discussion in meeting

Each application is allocated to two SAB members, based roughly on their areas of expertise. The two members will present the application to the rest of the board, including any relevant information from external reviews or applicant responses. A short discussion will follow before the SAB score the application. Applications for each grant scheme are ranked by their average score and recommendations for funding are made.

Trustee meeting

Those applications recommended for funding by the SAB are presented to the trustees for final approval.

Conditions of grant

The terms and conditions of grant differ for each grant scheme and contracts are drawn up individually once the grants have been awarded. This is an example award letter and contract for a PhD Scholarship.

Monitoring

All grant holders are expected to report on the progress of their project on a regular basis. Read more about our reporting requirements on the monitoring research projects page.

For more information about any of the grant schemes or the application process please contact the Research Teamresearch@alzheimersresearchuk.org or 0300 111 5555.

Interdisciplinary Research Grant

Next Deadline: 23/01/2015
Funding decision by: 03/07/2015

The Interdisciplinary Research Grant (IRG) scheme is designed to encourage researchers into dementia research who have expertise and ideas which could benefit the field. 

Duration

Up to three years.

Amount

Up to £250,000 to cover salaries (research, technical, students etc.), equipment, animal costs and running costs (consumables, travel etc).

Deadline

There are two application rounds per year. The next deadline is 23 January 2015. Applicants will be notified of the decision by 3 July 2014.

The following one is 3 July 2015 with the notification of decision by 5 February 2016.  

Eligibility

Lead applicants for Interdisciplinary Research Grants must be researchers from other fields who have not previously received funding for dementia research. However, one or more co-applicants must be researchers with a track record in the dementia field.

The Lead Applicant and point of contact must be based in a UK academic/research institution. However, the application can include researchers or institutions outside the UK. 

The Lead Applicant is expected to have a contract (fixed term or tenure) which covers the proposed duration of the grant. If the Lead Applicant does not hold a tenure appointment, the application must include a co-applicant that does.  

If the project requires Ethics approval and/or Home Office licences, the award is dependent upon the requisite approvals being granted.


Application form

Applications must be made through our grant applications website. Grant schemes only appear on this website when the round is open and we are accepting new applications.

This is an example Interdisciplinary Grant application form.

Review Process

Alzheimer’s Research UK is a member of the Association of Medical Research Charities and follows their guidelines for best practice in peer review. Grants are awarded entirely on scientific merit and on the basis of open competition. The quality of the application and applicants is the key determinant of outcome, although the strength of the dementia research environment within the institution is also considered.

Triage

Scientific Advisory Board (SAB) members are asked to read a subset of applications related to their area of expertise and give yes/no decisions on whether an application should proceed to the next stage of review.

External review

Applications requesting funding of over £50,000 per year are subjected to external peer review. Applications are sent to researchers in the UK and worldwide who specialise in the area of the application, but who do not have a conflict of interest and are not a member of the SAB. The comments made by the external reviewers are made available to the SAB members.

Review response

The applicants are provided with anonymised copies of the external reviews and given the opportunity to provide a written response.

Discussion in meeting

Each application is allocated to two SAB members, based roughly on their areas of expertise. The two members will present the application to the rest of the board, including any relevant information from external reviews or applicant responses. A short discussion will follow before the SAB score the application. Applications for each grant scheme are ranked by their average score and recommendations for funding are made.

Trustee meeting

Those applications recommended for funding by the SAB are presented to the trustees for final approval.

Conditions of grant

The terms and conditions of grant differ for each grant scheme and contracts are drawn up individually once the grants have been awarded. This is an example award letter and contract for Interdisciplinary Research Grants.

Monitoring

All grant holders are expected to report on the progress of their project on a regular basis. Read more about our reporting requirements on the monitoring research projects page.

For more information about any of the grant schemes or the application process please contact the Research Team research@alzheimersresearchuk.org or 0300 111 5555.

Equipment

Next Deadline: 21/11/2014
Funding decision by: 06/02/2015

The Equipment grant scheme provides funds for scientific equipment (flexibly defined). Applications for joint funding for even larger pieces are accepted.

Amount

Upwards of £10,000 to a maximum of £100,000.

Deadline

There are two application rounds a year. The next deadline is 21 November 2014. Applicants will be notified of the decision by 6 February 2015.

The following one is 1 May 2015 with the notification of decision by 3 July 2015.

Eligibility

ARUK would prefer to place equipment within centres of excellence (such as institutions within the ARUK Network), where it would enhance a strong dementia research environment. However, the quality of the applicants and their ongoing research will be the primary determinants of outcome. Grants will be awarded entirely on scientific merit, and on the basis of open competition and peer review.

If the project requires Ethics approval (clinical work) and/or Home Office licences (animal work), the award is dependent upon the requisite approvals being granted.  

The Lead Applicant and point of contact must be based in a UK academic/research institution.  However, the application can include researchers or institutions outside the UK.  

The Lead Applicant is expected to have a contract (fixed term or tenure) which covers the proposed duration of the grant. If the Lead Applicant does not hold a tenure appointment, the application must include a co-applicant that does.  

Application form

Applications must be made through our grant applications website. Grant schemes only appear on this website when the round is open and we are accepting new applications.

This is an example Equipment Grant application form.

Review Process

Alzheimer’s Research UK is a member of the Association of Medical Research Charities and follows their guidelines for best practice in peer review. Grants are awarded entirely on scientific merit and on the basis of open competition. The quality of the application and applicants is the key determinant of outcome, although the strength of the dementia research environment within the institution is also considered.

Discussion in meeting

Each application is allocated to two SAB members, based roughly on their areas of expertise. The two members will present the application to the rest of the board, including any relevant information from external reviews or applicant responses. A short discussion will follow before the SAB score the application. Applications for each grant scheme are ranked by their average score and recommendations for funding are made.

Trustee meeting

Those applications recommended for funding by the SAB are presented to the trustees for final approval.

Conditions of grant

The terms and conditions of grant differ for each grant scheme and contracts are drawn up individually once the grants have been awarded. This is an example award letter and contract for Equipment Grants.

Monitoring

All grant holders are expected to report on the progress of their project on a regular basis. Read more about our reporting requirements on the monitoring research projects page.

For more information about any of the grant schemes or the application process please contact the Research Team research@alzheimersresearchuk.org or 0300 111 5555.

Network Cooperation

Next Deadline: 10/10/2014
Funding decision by: 06/02/2015

The Network Cooperation grant scheme provides funds for any type of project or scheme that will further cooperation and collaboration between two or more ARUK Network Centres. In addition to the Network Centres, the application can include co-applicants from elsewhere in the UK or abroad.

Duration

Up to two years.

Amount

Up to £100,000.

Deadline

There are two application rounds a year. The next deadline is 10 October 2014. Applicants will be notified of the decision by 6 February 2015.

The following one is 20 March 2015 with the notification of decision by 3 July 2015.

Eligibility

The Lead Applicant and point of contact must be a member of the ARUK Network.

A Network cooperation application must include two or more ARUK Network Centres. It can also include researchers or institutions outside the UK.

The Lead Applicant is expected to have a contract (fixed term or tenure) which covers the proposed duration of the grant. If the Lead Applicant does not hold a tenure appointment, the application must include a co-applicant that does.  Do you qualify?

If the project requires Ethics approval and/or Home Office licences, the award is dependent upon the requisite approvals being granted.

Application form

Applications must be made through our grant applications website. Grant schemes only appear on this website when the round is open and we are accepting new applications.

This is an example Network Cooperation grant application form.

Review Process

Alzheimer’s Research UK is a member of the Association of Medical Research Charities and follows their guidelines for best practice in peer review. Grants are awarded entirely on scientific merit and on the basis of open competition. The quality of the application and applicants is the key determinant of outcome, although the strength of the dementia research environment within the institution is also considered.

External review

Applications requesting funding of over £50,000 per year are subjected to external peer review. Applications are sent to researchers in the UK and worldwide who specialise in the area of the application, but who do not have a conflict of interest and are not a member of the SAB. The comments made by the external reviewers are made available to the SAB members.


Discussion in meeting

Each application is allocated to two SAB members, based roughly on their areas of expertise. The two members will present the application to the rest of the board, including any relevant information from external reviews or applicant responses. A short discussion will follow before the SAB score the application. Applications for each grant scheme are ranked by their average score and recommendations for funding are made.

Trustee meeting

Those applications recommended for funding by the SAB are presented to the trustees for final approval.

Conditions of grant

The terms and conditions of grant differ for each grant scheme and contracts are drawn up individually once the grants have been awarded. This is an example award letter and contract for Network Cooperation Grants.

Monitoring

All grant holders are expected to report on the progress of their project on a regular basis. Read more about our reporting requirements on the monitoring research projects page.

For more information about any of the grant schemes or the application process please contact the Research Team research@alzheimersresearchuk.org or 0300 111 5555.






Network Accelerate Scheme

Next Deadline: 10/10/2014
Funding decision by: 06/02/2015

Duration

Up to three years.

Amount

Up to £250,000.

Deadline

There are two application rounds a year. The next deadline is 10 October 2014. Applicants will be notified of the decision by 6 February 2015.

The following one is 20 March 2015 with the notification of decision by 3 July 2015.

Eligibility

The Lead Applicant and point of contact must be a member of the ARUK Network.

A Network Accelerate Scheme must include two or more ARUK Network Centres. It can also include researchers or institutions outside the UK.

The Lead Applicant is expected to have a contract (fixed term or tenure) which covers the proposed duration of the grant. If the Lead Applicant does not hold a tenure appointment, the application must include a co-applicant that does.

If the project requires Ethics approval and/or Home Office licences, the award is dependent upon the requisite approvals being granted.

Application form

Applications must be made through our grant applications website. Grant schemes only appear on this website when the round is open and we are accepting new applications.

Review Process

Alzheimer’s Research UK is a member of the Association of Medical Research Charities and follows their guidelines for best practice in peer review. Grants are awarded entirely on scientific merit and on the basis of open competition. The quality of the application and applicants is the key determinant of outcome, although the strength of the dementia research environment within the institution is also considered.

External review

Applications requesting funding of over £50,000 per year are subjected to external peer review. Applications are sent to researchers in the UK and worldwide who specialise in the area of the application, but who do not have a conflict of interest and are not a member of the SAB. The comments made by the external reviewers are made available to the SAB members.

Discussion in meeting

Each application is allocated to two SAB members, based roughly on their areas of expertise. The two members will present the application to the rest of the board, including any relevant information from external reviews or applicant responses. A short discussion will follow before the SAB score the application. Applications for each grant scheme are ranked by their average score and recommendations for funding are made.

Trustee meeting

Those applications recommended for funding by the SAB are presented to the trustees for final approval.

Conditions of grant

The terms and conditions of grant differ for each grant scheme and contracts are drawn up individually once the grants have been awarded.

Monitoring

All grant holders are expected to report on the progress of their project on a regular basis. Read more about our reporting requirements on the monitoring research projects page.

For more information about any of the grant schemes or the application process please contact the Research Team research@alzheimersresearchuk.org or 0300 111 5555.

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