The Research Network

5. Proposal Development

Alzheimer's Society offers researchers the opportunity to seek the input of our Research Network volunteers prior to submitting an application for funding. We are particularly keen to provide patient and public involvement support for early-career researchers who are developing their first research application. However, this offer is open to all applicants to our grant rounds.  

Working with the Research Network to support your application 

Currently 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.

Research Network volunteers are able to support proposal development 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

To access support in developing your research application please download and complete the application form. Prior to completing the form we strongly recommend that you read our guidance notes

Applications for proposal development must be received at least one month prior to the submission deadline.

A month allows sufficient time for the application to be considered by the Research Network and for the researcher to implement the feedback. Please note that if large numbers of requests for support are received they will be considered on a first come, first served basis.

If you require further information or have any questions then please email