Research Grants

There are a wide range of funders and research grants available to help further dementia research.  Here we share some of the main sources of funding as a starting point for you to scope some avenues that you could pursue.

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Alzheimer’s Research UK (ARUK)

Alzheimer’s Research UK (ARUK) is the UK’s largest dedicated funder of dementia research, with over £26m in active grants. ARUK funds research on Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias, such as vascular dementia, Lewy Body disease and frontotemporal dementias. We have a wide range of funding streams through which you can apply for funding. All applications must fall within ARUK’s remit which covers research into cause, diagnosis/detection, prevention and treatment (disease modifying and symptomatic). Of particular importance is research which has translational potential for patient benefit. This includes basic preclinical as well as clinical research, but not care or service delivery research.


Alzheimer’s Society

Alzheimer’s Society has opportunities to fund research across all areas of dementia and they have aimed to spend at least £10 million a year on research by 2017. The programme is organised into two streams; biomedical research and care, services and public health research.


Dementia Research Funding

This website gives an overview of all available funding opportunities including the deadlines upcoming.


Huntington’s Disease Association

The Huntington’s Disease Association is inviting submissions for grants up to £120,000 over three years awarding the grant to a project, or projects, investigating basic scientific, clinical or social aspects of Huntington’s disease.


Innovate UK

Innovate UK runs funding competitions which can help you develop your idea and make it successful. Businesses and research organisations can apply to funding competitions to help them develop their innovations. All of the current and forthcoming funding competitions run by Innovate UK are published here. You can apply for funding to test the feasibility of your idea, research and develop it and demonstrate it in a prototype.


Innovative Medicine Initiative (IMI)

The Innovative Medicines Initiative (IMI) is Europe’s largest public-private initiative aiming to speed up the development of better and safer medicines for patients.

IMI supports collaborative research projects and builds networks of industrial and academic experts in order to boost pharmaceutical innovation in Europe.


Medical Research Council (MRC)

The MRC funds research in the field of medical science by awarding grants to Research Organisations to fund research on specific projects.  Information for applications, guidance for completing applications and information about each of the research grants is available on their website.


Motor Neurone Disease

The Motor Neurone Disease Association is a world leader in funding cutting-edge MND research and facilitating international research collaboration. They offer a variety of research grants including project grants, biomedical PhD studentships, clinical and non-clinical fellowships along with others. Awards of up to £255,000 are provided for a period of between one and three years (maximum £85,000 per annum).


Parkinson’s UK

Parkinson’s UK is the largest charity funder of Parkinson’s research in Europe and it has, thus far, invested almost £70million in ground-breaking research. Grants are awarded for projects, senior research and training fellowships, PHD studies and many more.

Stroke Association

The Stroke Association is proud to fund key research to answer questions of the utmost importance to the stroke community.


The Cure Parkinson’s Trust

The Cure Parkinson’s Trust funds clinical research projects with the potential to advance knowledge that might lead to a cure for Parkinson’s disease and do not consider some areas of research for their funding however, they welcome enquiries from researchers who seek clarification on the suitability of projects for CPT funding.


Wellcome Trust

The trust offers biomedical science funding schemes to support basic scientists, clinicians (including clinical psychologists, dentists and veterinarians) and public health researchers at all stages of their research career. There are various opportunities including awards and PHD funding.

If your organisation provides funding for Dementia Research and you would like to be listed here, please contact us.

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