Network Resource Grant

Grant amount:

Up to £250,000

Grant deadline:

Date to be set

The Network Resource Grant scheme will be paused until further notice.

The Network Resource Grant provides funds (to a maximum of £250,000) for research resources or tools that could be of benefit to biomedical dementia research in the Alzheimer’s Research UK Network and beyond, as well as shared within the Alzheimer’s Research UK Network.

Provided to cover salaries (research, technical, students etc), equipment, animal costs and running costs (consumables, travel etc).

This could include the generation and validation of reagents, such as antibodies or tool compounds, the maintenance/creation of research resources (sample collections, data analysis/bioinformatics tools) or scientific networking beyond what could normally be covered by contributions from Network Centre grants. Examples of these could be topic-specific meetings or groupings (e.g. covering a specific dementia subtype, methodology, area of interest).



Deadline date TBA

The Lead Applicant and point of contact must be a member of the Alzheimer’s Research UK Network.

A Network Resource Grant must include two or more Alzheimer’s Research UK 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. 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 Ethics approval and/or Home Office licences, the award is dependent upon the requisite approvals being granted.

This scheme is not designed to cover:

  • Clinical trials and opportunities to research ‘add ons’ to ongoing clinical trials
  • Drug discovery or development

Drug discovery and development work should be applied for through the Dementia Consortium or through Alzheimer's Research UK’s Drug Discovery Institutes.

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 Network Acceleration Scheme 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 entirely 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 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 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.
In the last three years Alzheimer’s Research UK has received 8 applications for Network resource grants. 5 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 and contract for a Network Resource 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.

Download our GDPR statement that explains how Alzheimer’s Research UK Research Team handles personal data about our grant applications and the rights that applicants have under data protection law. In this Notice, we refer to this type of information as “Applicant Data”.

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These statements apply to applications submitted via Grant Tracker. They also apply to applications submitted via other means, such as by post and email.