Our application process

2. Proposal development

All applications for Alzheimer's Society funding are reviewed by our Research Network of approximately 280 carers, former carers and people with dementia. Research Network volunteers use their personal experiences of dementia to ensure that the research we fund is of the highest priority to people affected by dementia and stands the best chance of making a positive impact on their lives.

Alzheimer's Society offers researchers the opportunity to seek the input of the Research Network prior to submitting an application for funding. We hope that this will improve the quality and relevance of your research application. Research Network volunteers are able to support in the following ways:

•    Reviewing the lay application to ensure that it is accessible to a lay audience
•    Advising on the development of research questions that address the challenges and hopes that people affected by dementia have
•    Suggesting improvements to patient recruitment and data capture processes
•    Advising on ways to disseminate the results of the project to lay audiences.

How to apply for support

Please download and complete the application form. Prior to completing the form we strongly recommend that you read our guidance notes. 

The deadline for applications is one month before the grant submission deadline.

Please note that if large numbers of requests for support are received they will be considered on a first come, first served basis.

Applications for support should ideally be submitted  in advance of the deadline to allow sufficient time for the application to be considered by the Research Network.

If you require further information or have any questions then please email researchnetwork@alzheimers.org.uk or ring 0207 423 5153.  

Application form and guidance notes

These forms are for researchers to complete in order to access research proposal development support from our Research Network.

•    Download Proposal development guidance notes (PDF)
•    Download Proposal development support form (DOC)


Lay summary training workshop for biomedical researchers 

We are organising a workshop that aims to help both researchers and members of the Research Network (our Patient and Public Involvement group) to be more confident in writing and reviewing lay summaries submitted as part of our Biomedical research stream. 

The workshop is on July 3 in our central office in Crutched Friars in London. It is open to any researcher who is planning on submitting an application to our biomedical stream within the next 18 months. The attendees will be a mixture of researchers and Research Network members. Lay summaries are an essential part of the application process at Alzheimer’s Society and other funders and this presents an excellent opportunity for discussion and to understand more about what makes a  good lay summary. 

We are currently open to expressions of interest for the workshop. If you would be interested in coming to this workshop please email research@alzheimers.org.uk. Please do also feel free to pass this information on to any colleagues for whom this is relevant.