Our Grant Advisory Boards play an essential role in our research funding decisions. We are currently looking for researchers to join both our – ‘Biomedical’ and ‘Care, Implementation and Public Health’ boards, which review the grant applications we receive.
This is an exciting opportunity to join over thirty leading academic or clinical dementia researchers working that currently make up our Grant Advisory Boards.
What’s it like being on our Board?
We like to think that being a Grant Funding Board member is an interesting and enjoyable role for the dementia research experts that join us. Our Boards meet twice a year and always enjoy catching up with each other and our Research Network volunteers.
We’ve met up in plenty of interesting and unusual venues in London, including a church and beautiful historic buildings in the heart of London. With a steady stream of coffee and biscuits, the Board discuss the applications one by one over a day.
Some applications are clear front-runners, whereas some can cause animated discussion which the chair has to reign in like Fiona Bruce on Question Time.
After a well-deserved lunch, the final ranking of applications and funding decisions are made, the fate of our next wave of researchers decided.
What’s in it for you?
One of the most rewarding parts of being a Board member is meeting and building friendships with our Research Network volunteers who also sit on our Boards. This can nurture opportunities for partnerships and the volunteers support the Board members to keep people affected by dementia at the heart of their decisions.
You’ll also be joining a community of dementia research experts and have a wider view of the dementia research field. Members get insight into cutting edge knowledge of new research ideas and emerging innovations.
Professor Liz Sampson, a member of our Care, Implementation and Public Health board, said:
'This is the first grants board I have sat on. I have found it very enjoyable and certainly not too onerous in terms of work.
I have learned so much about the 'inner workings' of the grant giving process and have had the opportunity to meet other researchers and learn about their work.
'I would really recommend contributing to this board; as well as helping Alzheimer’s Society and their research it has been great for my own personal development and skills.'
You will also be involved in interviewing our fellowship applicants, helping us to recognise the next dementia research leaders. As well as supporting younger dementia researchers navigate their careers, being a member of the Board has helped some members to advance in their own careers.
Will you be a new Board member?
As well as reviewing our applications, our Board members help us to shape our research funding programme.
The four I’s –Impact, Implementation, Include and Involve came from discussions with our Boards and we now want applicants to consider these when applying to us.
Can you help us to champion the four I’s in our applications we review? Will you work with our Research Network volunteers to ensure we are supporting research that will directly help people affected by dementia? If so, please submit an expression of interest.