How to apply for a research grant

Here we share how to apply for an Alzheimer's Society research grant and explain the process we use to award grants once the funding call is closed.

Before you apply

  1. Check the closing dates for our research grants. This will be stated on the page, but you can also view the deadlines for grant rounds.
  2. Read our applicant guidance document before applying. This is a requirement for all applicants. Applications that do not follow the applicant guidance are likely to be rejected.
  3. Get top tips from our lay reviewers. Every application received will be reviewed by people affected by dementia. Read advice for grant applicants from people affected by dementia.

Alzheimer's Society offers researchers the opportunity to work with people affected by dementia, carers and former carers to develop their grant application prior to submitting an application for funding. 

Begin your application

You can start your application by accessing the Grant Tracker portal.

The first stage is to submit a three-page outline of your research proposal (2 pages scientific, 1 page lay summary). More information about what to include in this is available in our applicant guidance.

The four steps of our funding process

1. Shortlisting 

We receive many more applications than can be discussed at our Expert Review Panels and Board meetings. Therefore, we have a shortlisting stage, where we review proposal outlines to identify which applications best meet the review criteria. 

Proposal outlines will be assessed by members of our Grant Advisory Board against the following criteria: 

Importance

How important are the questions, or gaps in knowledge, that are being addressed? 

Scientific potential & impact 

Will the research idea further scientific progress? 

How will the research impact people affected by dementia? 

Research environment and people 

How suitable is the investigator (or group) and can they deliver the proposed research? 

How suitable is the environment where the proposed research will take place? 

Applicants successful at shortlisting will be invited to submit a full application.

2. Full proposal review

Peer review 

If your proposal outline is shortlisted you will be asked submit and application in full.

All of these applications are then peer reviewed. Expert Review Panels, made up of subject-specific scientific experts, will provide a detailed review. They will be assessing applications based on the following criteria:  

  • Quality of the research (methodology, novelty, timeliness, potential academic impact)  
  • Expertise of the team and institution(s)  
  • Value for money 
  • Justification of animal use   

Additional criteria considerations for fellowships: 

  • Impact of the fellowship on the applicant 
  • Standard of the career development plan and host institution support 
  • Performance at interview  

ERPs will be made up of at least three experts in the field and will be checked 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. 

Interviews 

Shortlisted fellowship applicants will be invited to interview at our office in London or virtually depending on the circumstances. The interview panel will be made up of members of the Expert Review Panel 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.  

Rebuttals 

Where necessary, shortlisted applicants will need 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 Grants Advisory Board meeting. 

3. Funding decisions

Grants Advisory Panel 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.  

Grants Advisory Board meeting 

We currently have over 15 board members. They have been chosen for their expertise and experience in clinical and academic research. You can click the following links to read more about the membership of these boards and our conflicts of interest policy.  

Unsuccessful applications 

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

4. Grants awarded

Successful applicants will be notified.

Once the grant has been approved by our Board of Trustees, we will issue the grant contract for the university to sign.  

Research grant application process

The full application process is available as a diagram (shown below) that you can also view and download as a .png file.

Grant application review process, from application submission to awarded grants​

Any questions?

Please get in touch with our grants team at [email protected]

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