Implementation grants

Closing the gap between dementia research and practice

Alzheimer’s Society uses the Implementation grant scheme to move tested evidence based interventions into the real world setting, to translate research into practice. By doing this the Society aims to maximise the benefits of research outputs for people affected by dementia more rapidly. Research-based interventions supported through the implementation grant scheme will have potential to be delivered within the real world in a sustainable way.   

Award

Applicants can apply for grants of up to £400,000 over 36 months that will either: 

a) enable the scale-up of evidence based interventions that have been shown to improve care and are ready to be implemented at a larger scale, or;

b) lay the foundations for the scale-up of evidence based interventions; testing the feasibility of bringing dementia research knowledge into the real world. 

All applications must:

  • demonstrate involvement of appropriate end users of the research in the development and delivery of the proposal
  • proposals must demonstrate sufficient evidence, for example from up to date systematic reviews, that the intervention is ready to be moved into the outside world. 
  • use methods for enabling change that are grounded in theory.

Eligibility 

  1. Principal investigators must have a contract of employment with the host university that exceeds the planned finish date of the research by at least 12 months. 
  2. The Principal Investigator must work in partnership with a decision maker from the organisation where the implementation activity will be taking place and this decision maker must be a named co-applicant on the proposal
  3. At least one person affected by dementia must be listed as a co-applicant on the project. This can be either someone with dementia, a carer of someone with dementia or a close family member of someone with dementia.  
  4. Applications must also have at least one team member with a strong track record in change management, measurement and an understanding of implementation strategies. 
  5. It is important to underpin proposals with an implementation science framework and incorporate independent rigorous evaluation in order to generate robust evidence of impact and learning. Successful projects will, therefore, need to deliver an evaluation of their implementation work.  
  6. Depending on the nature of the intervention, project teams may need to include an organisation that can influence wider community, social or health care practice and opinion.
  7. Proposals must demonstrate sufficient evidence, that the intervention is ready to be moved into the outside world, for example citing data from up to date systematic reviews, relevant pilot/feasibility studies or initial efficacy and/or effectiveness research. 

How to apply 

Applications must be submitted through our online grants platform

Details of the application and review process, including information on how to develop an application, can be found in the Implementation grant call specification and guidance document.

Please note that for 2017-2018 there will not be an outline application stage; full proposals must be submitted by the deadline below. 

Key dates

  • Applications submission deadline midday (12pm) Friday 2 February 2018
  • Applications checked and validated; those eligible sent for external review – February to April 2018
  • Shortlisting - May 2018
  • Shortlisted applicants are interviewed – end June/ beginning July 2018. Exact date to be confirmed. 
  • Funding decisions will be made in July 2018.

Previous outcomes

 Year No. of outline applications received No. of full applications received No. of awards made
2015-16 14 5 2
2016-17 8 3 2

Further information

We strongly advise potential applicants read the Implementation grant call specification and guidance document. For any further questions please contact grantenquiries@alzheimers.org.uk.