Dementia Network Plus

Alzheimer’s Society is proud to have partnered with the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR) to support an investment of up to £5.25m in up to three Dementia Network Plus research grants.

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What is Dementia Network Plus?

Dementia Network Plus is a strategic investment that will bring together new multidisciplinary communities of researchers to identify, prioritise and develop emerging research and knowledge exchange challenges.

It will provide leadership across different disciplines and sectors, whilst continuing to expand its connections and relationships throughout the duration of its funding and tailors its activities to the needs in its specific research area.

A Network Plus is expected to establish and maintain appropriate links with relevant activities and research users to achieve its aims of increasing collaborative working across disciplines and sectors, providing visibility and accessibility, and connecting the research and innovation landscape.

What areas will it focus on?

Each network should focus on one of the areas listed below, although proposals which cut across the different areas are also eligible. Networks should have a broad focus on the topic rather than picking out specific sub theme questions to focus on in depth.

The funding partners aim to fund one network in each area, but this depends on the quality and topic coverage of proposals received:

  • Dementia prevention and early diagnosis
  • Inequalities
  • Dementia, economy, and the workforce 

Each Dementia Network Plus grant should start on 1 April 2024 and last for a duration of between 48 and 60 months.

Who can apply?

The project lead must be based at a UK research organisation eligible for ESRC funding. That organisation will be responsible for submitting the grant application to UKRI.

The project co-lead(s) can be based at UK  research organisation eligible for ESRC funding, or at UK businesses, public sector, third sector or eligible public sector research establishments (PSREs).

Get started on your application

Visit the ESRC website for more information on the Dementia Network Plus award.

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