Network Support

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.

Amount: Up to £30,000

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

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

Duration: One year


  • 13/11/2019
    Applicants will be notified of the decision early February 2020

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 Alzheimer’s Research UK 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.

If the project requires ethical 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

Clinical trials and add-ons should be applied for through the Global Clinical Trials Fund. Drug discovery and development work should be applied for through the Dementia Consortium or through ARUK’s Drug Discovery Institutes.

  • To satisfy the remit, applications must include evidence that the funding is a bridge to:
    • Other funding which has already been secured of there is a clear plan to secure (evidence may include an application outline, deadlines, funder decision letter, etc.)
    • A tangible end-point such as a high impact publication (evidence may include draft manuscript, journal decision letter, details of reviewers’ comments, etc.)
  • The following are not eligible for funding through this scheme:
    • Extensions to research delayed by difficulties such as problems with experiments or infrastructure
    • Extensions to PhD studentships. If an application involves retaining a PhD student, the award is dependent upon confirmation that the PhD has been completed
    • Clinical trials and opportunities to research ‘add ons’ to ongoing clinical trials
    • Drug discovery or development

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 Support 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 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.

For those feeding into the GRB meetings:

Discussion in meeting

Each application is allocated to two 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.

For those not: Email vote

All GRB 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.


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

Success rate

In the last three years Alzheimer’s Research UK has received 31 applications for Network Support grants. 11 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 Support 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 [email protected] 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”.

This statement applies to applications submitted via Grant Tracker. It also applies to applications summitted via other means, such as by post and email.

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