Grant amount:

Up to £100,000

Grant deadline:

Date to be set

The Equipment grant scheme provides funds for scientific equipment (flexibly defined).

Applications for joint funding for even larger pieces are accepted.



Deadline date TBA

Alzheimer’s Research UK would prefer to place equipment within centres of excellence (such as institutions within the Alzheimer’s Research UK 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.

Alzheimer’s Research UK strongly favours applications that include a supporting statement from the host Institution outlining their contribution towards the equipment. The host Institution’s contribution can be financial, in-kind, provision of a support post, service costs or other. Alzheimer's Research UK expects the contribution to be of at least 25%.

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. Alzheimer's Research UK can contribute to salaries of co-applicants that do not have tenure or fixed term contracts but not to Lead Applicant salaries.

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.

UK DRI-funded researchers are not eligible for Equipment grant funds as lead applicants.

See our Eligibility Guidelines for further information.

Applications are made via our grant application website.

Grant schemes only appear on this website when the round is open and we are accepting new applications.

View an example Equipment Grant application form.

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 on scientific merit in relation to Alzheimer’s Research UK’s remit and on the basis of open competition. The quality of the application and applicants are the key determinants 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 Grant Review Board (GRB) 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 GRB 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 GRB are presented to the trustees for final approval.

Success rate

In the last three years Alzheimer’s Research UK has received 37 applications for Equipment grants. 15 of these projects were awarded funding.

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

View an example award letter for an Equipment Grant.


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 measuring impact page.

For more information about any of the grant schemes or the application process please contact the Research Team or 0300 111 5555

All applications submitted to Alzheimer’s Research UK are subject to the policies found in Research guidelines and policies. Please ensure you familiarise yourself with these policies and contact with any queries.