Our grant application process

This section explains the process that Alzheimer's Society uses to award grants once the funding call is closed.

Grant applications

Our funding calls are advertised on our website. Applications must be submitted via grants.alzheimers.org.uk - our online system.

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We strongly advise applicants read our applicant guidance.

Applications that do not follow the guidance are likely to be rejected.

Alzheimer's Society offers researchers the opportunity to seek the input of the Research Network of approximately 280 carers, former carers and people with dementia prior to submitting an application for funding. Read more about proposal development.

Research application process flow chart

Peer review

All applications are peer reviewed. 

External scientific experts are contacted and asked to write a detailed review looking specifically at the clarity of your aims and objectives, appropriateness of your methodology, justification of animal use, expertise of the team and whether the proposal is good value for money. 

Reviewers are asked to score the applications based on review criteria. We aim to obtain 3 reviewers per application and we check for any conflicts of interest.

Lay review

All applications are also reviewed and scored by our Research Network.  These lay 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.

Shortlisting

We receive many more applications than can be discussed at the final board meetings. Therefore we have a shortlisting stage to identify which applications best meet the review criteria. This shortlisting takes into account all the scientific and lay reviewer scores and comments and is approved by members of our Grant Advisory Boards. 

Rebuttals

Shortlisted applicants have the chance to respond to reviewers’ comments, both expert and lay. We will ask for rebuttals to be sent to us with a week’s turnaround. These rebuttals, alongside the peer and lay reviews will be discussed at the board meeting.

Interviews

Shortlisted fellowship applicants will be invited to interview at our offices in London. 

The interview panel will be made up of members of the Grant Advisory Board and Research Network. 

Applicants will be emailed with dates to hold in their diaries as early as possible. Once the interview has been confirmed applicants will be sent further details of the interview and confirmed panel membership. 

GAP meeting

Members of the Research Network sit on the Grants Advisory Panel and meet to discuss the shortlisted applications from a lay perspective. Representatives of this panel then attend the Grants Advisory Board meeting to summarise their views and feed into discussions with the board. 

GAB meeting

We currently have over 30 board members, split between our care, services and public health and biomedical streams. They have been chosen for their expertise and experience in clinical and academic research. They come together twice a year to discuss all of the shortlisted grant applications. The membership of these boards is published. 

Unsuccessful applications

Applicants who are unsuccessful will be notified by email and provided with feedback from the board meeting.

Award of grant

Successful applicants will be notified by email and provided with feedback from the board meeting. Once the grant has been approved by our Board of Trustees we will issue the grant contract for the university to sign. 

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