4. Other useful resources

General dementia and dementia research information

  • AlzForum is a good resource for reading about the latest research, international conferences and funding. This also contains information on genetics, risk factors and other areas in dementia.

Dementia Research funding

Alzheimer's Society provides funding for people moving into dementia research at many stages of their research career. These include bursaries for undergraduate summer projects; PhD studentships; Junior Research Fellowships; Senior Research Fellowships; Clinical Training Fellowships; project grants for Principle Investigators.

However, despite increased investment by the Society in research, with an aim to spend £10 million per year by 2017, we cannot fund all of the researchers that dementia research needs.

There are many other sources of funding for researchers at various points of their career.

Other funding sources

As your career progresses, either within dementia research or if you'd like to move into the field from another area of research, there are many sources of potential funding, depending on the field (in addition to Alzheimer's Society).

As part of the Prime Minister's Challenge on dementia, the government has committed to double its funding of dementia research to £66 million by 2015.

Partnerships & Public and Patient Involvement (PPI)

If you have obtained funding from another source and would like support in disseminating your findings or involving people affected by dementia, we can help.

Our award-winning Research Network can provide the perspective of people with dementia and their carers.

We can also support the development of an application that you are making to us.

We can be partners on a grant for PPI and dissemination of findings. Find out more about partnerships with the Society.

Resources for scientists 

Alzheimer's Society is dedicated to funding the highest quality projects in dementia research.

There are some useful resources available to researchers to help improve the quality of your application and research design.

Brain tissue database

Brains for Dementia Research (BDR) provides a database of brain tissue for research. This unique resource ensures tissue is matched with full medical records of the donor and ensures tissue has been handled according to a gold standard of donation procedure.

Researchers can register with the database and apply for tissue through the BDR website.

BDR is jointly funded by Alzheimer's Society and the Alzheimer's Research UK.

NIHR Research Design Service

The National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) provides a network of regional support for researchers who require assistance with designing research projects. The Research Design Service is intended to increase the quality of funding applications.

Alzheimer's Society fully supports this initiative and encourages researchers to consult with the service, particularly if you are not experienced in research design. We hope this resource will be particularly useful to health and care professionals who may not have a research background, but who are interested in seeking funding for research.

NIHR Clinical Research Networks for England

Researchers who are coordinating a clinical trial are encouraged to register their study with the NIHR Clinical Research Network (CRN). The aim of this resource is to enable better coordination between researchers and the public to facilitate clinical trials.

The NIHR CRN website provides details on all the networks and how to register a trial.

The dedicated network for dementia research is the Dementia and Neurodegenerative Diseases Research Network (DeNDRoN)

MRC Regulatory Support Centre

This centre funded by the MRC supports and gives guidance for those conducting research with human participants, their tissues or data. Their website provides further detail on this service. 

Further information

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