Research partnerships

How we work in partnership with researchers

We work in partnership with researchers in a range of ways, including:                              

a) Enabling the involvement and or participation of people affected by dementia in your research. For instance, asking our staff to share opportunities with our service users or Research Network Volunteers.

  • pre application - to advise as the plans for the research are being developed
  • once funding is in place - to advise and support delivery of the research
  • once funding is in place - to become research participants

Please note that Join Dementia Research can also help with participant recruitment; please check their website for further details.

b) Using the expertise of Alzheimer's Society to advise on aspects of research:

  • pre application - to advise as the plans for the research are being developed we can ask our staff if they are able to advise on a specific aspect of the research or to attend review meeting
  • once funding is in place - we can ask our staff if they are able to be members of an advisory group                

c) Involving Alzheimer's Society in the delivery of research i.e.

  • helping engage decision makers,
  • becoming delivery/implementation partners

MeetingDEM is an example of a category C partnership where we are the implementation partner for the research. We have been working with the University of Worcester, London School of Economics, University College London, since April 2015 to plan, deliver and evaluate the adaptation of the Meeting Centre Support Programme in the UK. 

What partnerships do Alzheimer's Society support?

Follow this link for examples of our current and completed research partnerships.

Why do we support research through partnerships?

  • We are increasing our reach and influence beyond the research we are funding maintaining relationships with researchers when we are not funding their projects provides us with opportunities to work on more projects that support our strategy.
  • We are supporting researchers to address the real needs of people affected by dementia by enabling patient and public involvement in dementia research. By brokering relationships between researchers and people affected by dementia, researchers can see the value of patient and public involvement.
  • Together with people affected by dementia, we are improving the quality and relevance of research by; influencing research outputs, supporting with participant recruitment, shaping research questions, scope and methodologies.
  • We are supporting researchers to overcome logistical challenges in delivering their research for example, meeting ethical and funding requirements for patient and public involvement
  • We are stimulating interest and demand for follow on research projects to be funded.
  • We are bringing research into the real world by supporting the dissemination and implementation of research findings. 

Due to the high number of partnership requests we receive, our application process allows us to manage and carefully consider each application against the aims above, our strategy and current staff capacity.

Application process

We review applications at the times listed below. You can send your application to us at

  • Deadline for submission: 15 October 2017, decisions from this review will be communicated early November. 

We have set criteria and guidelines that we use when reviewing your partnership application, please read the criteria document before filling out the application form. If you have any questions, please contact

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*Please note if your research is funded by us, you do not need to apply for our support via the partnerships process. Please contact for more information.