The grants review process

Grant application undergo a rigorous review process and are awarded on the basis of scientific merit in relation to Alzheimer's Research UK’s remit, suitability for the scheme applied for, and open competition.

Alzheimer’s Research UK is a member of the Association of Medical Research Charities (AMRC) and follows their guidelines for best practice in peer review. We also abide by conflict of interest policy throughout the review process.

The scientific merit of an application and the track record of the applicants are the key determinants of outcome, although the strength of the dementia research environment within the Host institution is also considered.

Grants are reviewed by distinct review panels, depending on the grant scheme applied to and the expertise required to review them. It is therefore important that applications are submitted to the most appropriate grant scheme.

A typical review process for applications submitted through our response mode funding schemes is demonstrated below. However, please refer to our grant schemes page for more information on the review processes for individual schemes.

Research guidelines and policies

Click here to find links to useful policies and guidelines relevant to all of our grant schemes.

Our review panels

Grant Review Board

This distinguished group of some of the world’s leading dementia research experts reviews the applications we receive to most of our grant schemes before making recommendations to our Trustees.

  • Chair – Prof Tara Spires-Jones, University of Edinburgh – Professor of Neurodegeneration and UK Dementia Research Institute Programme Lead, School of Biomedical Sciences
  • Prof Delphine Boche, University of Southampton – Associate Professor in Clinical Neuroimmunopathology, Department of Medicine
  • Prof David Brooks, Imperial College London – Hartnett Professor of Neurology, Department of Medicine
  • Dr Jon Brown, University of Exeter – Senior Lecturer at the University of Exeter Medical School
  • Dr Janet Brownlees, MSD – Director at Discovery Research, MRL UK, MSD
  • Prof Siddharthan Chandran, University of Edinburgh – Director of CCBS and MacDonald Professor of Neurology
  • Dr Alexander Gerhard, University of Manchester – Senior Lecturer in Neurology, Wolfson Molecular Imaging Centre, Deputy Centre Lead for Clinical and Cognitive Neurosciences at the Institute for Brain, Behaviour and Mental Health
  • Dr Cheryl Hawkes, Lancaster University – Senior Lecturer
  • Dr Emma Kidd, Cardiff University – Dean of Postgraduate Studies, College of Biomedical and Life Sciences
  • Dr Patrick Lewis, University of Reading – Associate Professor
  • Dr David Llewellyn, University of Exeter – Senior Research Fellow in Clinical Epidemiology, Medical School
  • Dr Katie Lunnon, University of Exeter – Senior Lecturer in Epigenetics, Medical School
  • Dr Paresh Malhotra, Imperial College London – Clinical Reader in the Division of Brain Sciences and Consultant Neurologist at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust
  • Dr Riccardo Marioni, MRC Institute of Genetics and Molecular Medicine – University of Edinburgh Chancellor’s Fellow based in the Centre for Genomic and Experimental Medicine and the Centre for Cognitive Ageing and Cognitive Epidemiology
  • Dr Jody Mason, University of Bath – Senior Lecturer, Department of Biology and Biochemistry
  • Prof Simon Mead, University College London – Honorary Professor, Institute of Neurology
  • Dr Wendy Noble, King’s College London – Senior Lecturer in Neuroscience, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience
  • Prof Tiago Outeiro, Newcastle University – Professor of Neurodegeneration
  • Prof Patricia Salinas, University College London – Professor of Cellular Neurobioloy, Division of Biosciences
  • Prof John-Paul Taylor, Newcastle University – Clinical Senior Lecturer, Institute of Neuroscience, Honorary Consultant in Old Age Psychiatry
  • Prof Stephen Wharton, University of Sheffield – Professor and Honorary consultant in Neuropatholgy, Department of Neuroscience
  • Dr Sandrine Willaime-Morawek, University of Southampton – Associate Professor in Stem cells and Neurobiology, Enterprise fellow
  • Dr Selina Wray, University College London – Research Associate in the NIHR BRU for Dementia Research
Clinical Trials Advisory Panel

The Clinical Trials Advisory Panel (CTAP) is composed of UK and international experts on dementia, statistics, clinical pharmacology and research governance. Members of the CTAP generously give their time to review the Global Clinical Trials Fund applications we receive before making recommendations to our Trustees.

  • Professor Nick Fox, University College London – Professor of Clinical Neurology, National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery, Institute of Neurology
  • Professor Chris Frost, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine – Professor of Medical Statistics, Department of Medical Statistics
  • Dr Les Huson, Imperial College – Honorary Lecturer in Medical Statistics, Centre for Pharmacology and Therapeutics, Division of Experimental Medicine
  • Dr Vincenzo Libri, University College London – Head of The Leonard Wolfson Experimental Neurology Centre, Institute of Neurology & The National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery
  • Professor Colin Masters, University of Melbourne – Executive Director, Mental Health Research Institute and Laureate Professor
  • Professor John O’Brien, University of Cambridge – Foundation Professor of Old Age Psychiatry, Department of Psychiatry
  • Professor Craig Ritchie, University of Edinburgh – Professor of the Psychiatry of Ageing, Centre for Clinical Brain Sciences, University of Edinburgh
  • Professor Peter Passmore, Queen’s University Belfast – School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences, Centre for Public Health
  • Dr Peter Watson, University of Cambridge – Statistician at the MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit
  • Professor David Rubinsztein, University of Cambridge – Professor of Molecular Neurogenetics, Academic Lead of the Alzheimer’s Research UK Cambridge Drug Discovery Institute and Deputy Director of the Cambridge Institute of Medical Research
  • Professor Karl Herholz, University of Manchester – Professor of Clinical Neuroscience
  • Dr Shahid Zaman, University of Cambridge – consultant psychiatrist and a neuroscientist
  • Dr Iracema Leroi, University of Manchester, Clinical Senior Lecturer, Institute of Brain Behaviour and Mental Health
    Honorary Consultant Psychiatrist, Manchester Mental Health and Social Care Trust
  • Professor Jane Armitage, University of Oxford, Professor of Clinical Trials and Epidemiology
  • Professor Nicola Lautenschlager, University of Melbourne, Professor of Psychiatry of Old Age
Dementia Consortium

The Dementia Consortium aims to expedite the development of new drugs for dementia by supporting research into novel targets for neurodegeneration. The progression of each application is assessed by the Dementia Consortium partners.

  • Abbvie representation: Eric Karran, Vice President
  • Alzheimer’s Research UK representation: Dr Carol Routledge, Director of Research, Dr Rosa Sancho, Head of Research and Professor Tara Spires Jones, University of Edinburgh
  • Astex representation: Lee Dawson, VP Head of CNS
  • Eisai representation: Andrew Takle, Director, Open Innovation and Peter Atkinson, Associate Director
  • Evotec representation:
  • Johnson & Johnson Innovation representation: Lilian Alcarez, Senior Director, New Ventures & Transactions, Neuroscience, and Declan Jones, Vice President of Neuroscience Scientific Innovation
  • Lilly representation: Dr Mike Hutton, Chief Scientific Officer for neurodegeneratice diseases and Hugh Nuttall, Research Advisor
  • MSD representation: Joel Schachter, Collaboration Lead for Neuroscience
The ARUK Drug Discovery Alliance Advisory Group

The ADAG is composed of drug discovery experts from both industry and academia, based in the UK and beyond, and participates in the annual reviews of ARUK’s Drug Discovery institutes, who together form the ARUK Drug Discovery Alliance.

  • Chair – Dr Michael J. O’Neill, AbbVie – Senior Director of Drug Discovery Biology
  • Dr Ian Waddell, Charles River Laboratories – Executive Director, Biology (Europe)
  • Professor John Atack, University of Cardiff – Director, Medicines Discovery Institute
  • Dr Todd Golde, University of Florida – Director, McKnight Brain Institute; Director, 1Florida Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center
  • Dr Karl Gibson, Sandexis Medicinal Chemistry Ltd – Director
  • Professor Dame Pam Shaw, University of Sheffield – Professor of Neurology and Vice President and Pro-Vice Chancellor for the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health
  • Dr Jill Richardson, MSD – Senior Director, Discovery Research MRL UK
  • Dr John Kemp, Syndesi Therapeutics – Chief Scientific Officer