Alzheimer’s Society – July Update

Dear Colleague,

Welcome to our July update.  We hope you’re enjoying the summer. We kicked off July in style with our annual Research Conference which we held in beautiful Bristol this year. If you missed the conference then don’t worry we’ve written you a highlights article. The conference also saw our second annual Dementia Research Leaders awards where we celebrate the success of the brightest and the best in dementia research – these awards are getting very competitive so start thinking about who you’d like to nominate for next year. Read on for an update on our Grant Advisory Boards, funding opportunities and more. 

Are you interested in joining one of our Grant Advisory Boards?

Our Biomedical and Care, Services and Public Health Grant Advisory Board members are coming to the end of their first three year term and we’re in the process of renewing their membership. We will be aiming for an annual turn-over of board membership of about 25% from October 2016.

To support this ongoing turn-over of membership we are inviting interested academics and clinicians to get in touch. Recruitment of new members will depend on the expertise required by the board as current members step down but we will keep any expressions of interest on file for future vacancies.

If you are interested in joining either of these Grant Advisory Boards please visit our website to download and complete an expression of interest form or email for more information.

Incontinence research workshop

We’re currently working with a group of medical research charities to develop a workshop aimed at increasing the amount of research into incontinence in people with long-term health conditions.The purpose of the workshop is to provide advice and facilitate discussion for researchers who are considering, planning or actively seeking funding for incontinence research.

We’d appreciate you taking 5 minutes to complete a survey to help us make this workshop as useful as possible and to register your interest in attending:

Please submit your comments by August 1, 2016 and circulate to interested colleagues.

Grants webinars

We’ll be hosting a series of webinars that will guide potential applicants through our application process and offer hints and tips for applying to our grant rounds. These will be held on Tuesday 9 August at 12:30 and Thursday 25th August at 13:30 and will last up to one hour. They will cover the grants that we offer and their upcoming deadlines, including proposal development and our new grant schemes. Participants will be able to use the session to ask questions about the process.

In order to participate, you will need to be a researcher based at a UK institution or NHS trust but do not need to be funded by Alzheimer’s Society. You will also need to have access to a phone and a computer.  If you are interested in participating please reply to this email or contact

 Dementia Research Institute – Biomedical Hub and Centres

Alzheimer’s Society is working with the Medical Research Council and Alzheimer’s Research UK to become a founding partner in the new UK Dementia Research Institute (DRI).  We’re currently working with our partners to identify a Director for the Institute and an institution to host the Hub. We expect to announce the results in early 2017. We’re initially focused on the biomedical and translational research capability of centres, with an additional call to engage care, supportive technology and public health research coming in future years.

 Contribute to our policy report on homecare

Alzheimer’s Society knows that people with dementia often receive homecare that doesn’t meet their needs, provided by homecare workers who have received little or no dementia training. As part of our Fix Dementia Care campaign, we need to hear from as many people as possible to build a true picture of homecare in England. If you, someone you care for or a friend have experience of homecare, share your experience with us. You can find out more about our Fix Dementia Care campaign here.

Open funding calls

Autumn grant round

We’re currently accepting applications for project, fellowship and PhD grants. The deadline for applications is midday 23 September 2016.

Please note that there is no Care, Services and Public Health project grant available as part of this call whilst we focus on the programme grant call. The next deadline for care project grants is March 2017.   To find out more visit:

 Care and Public Health programme grants – deadline approaching

The deadline for our new Care and Public Health programme grant scheme is fast approaching. For full details of the call and the priority areas please visit our website to download the call specification. The application process is two staged. The deadline for Stage One applications is midday 22nd July 2016.

 Implementation grants

We’re pleased to announce that we’ll be opening our second Implementation Grant call in August 2016. This scheme aims to close the gap between dementia research knowledge and practice. It aims to enable the scaling–up of promising non-drug treatments, programmes and services to improve the health and wellbeing of people affected by dementia.  For more information visit:

 Ongoing partnership with ADDF

We are continuing to work with Alzheimer’s Drug Discovery Foundation (ADDF) to fund academic led clinical proposals, through the ADDF Programme to Accelerate Clinical Trials (PACT).  This program will fund clinical studies to measure the safety and tolerability of new drugs for Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia, as well as proof of efficacy studies with biomarker or cognitive outcomes.

There are quarterly deadlines for applications. The next deadline will be in September 2016.  Please visit our website for more information or get in touch if you’d like to informally discuss your ideas.


For information

 Research vacancies webpage

If you have any vacancies in your research team that you would like to advertise on our Vacancies webpage please send details to We can then highlight this page directly to our early career researchers.

 Take part in a Memory Walk

Our Memory Walk season starts in the autumn and sees thousands of people raising money for a world without dementia across England, Wales and Northern Ireland. People of all ages and abilities join in, from grandparents to grandchildren all walking together to celebrate loved ones affected by dementia and raise vital funds for the Society.

If you’re interested in taking part please visit:

 TAnDem Arts and Dementia Conference: Research into Practice

National College Learning and Conference Centre, Nottingham

21 September 2016

 Through a stimulating mix of keynote speaker presentations, discussion, exhibited artwork and practical demonstration the conference will explore some of the key issues affecting those who practice arts and dementia activity, those who research it and those who experience it. The conference will be of particular interest to arts therapists, practitioners and artists, researchers, people living with dementia and their carers, and funders and commissioners of arts programmes. Conference Website:

 Fairer Futures? Reshaping Care for Older People
Manchester Health Services Research Centre Symposium
12 September 2016

This is a one day symposium designed to look at how we can do better for our older people through improved health care and social innovation. Speakers include Rose Batt of Cornell University, Manchester’s Julie Froud and Debora Price, and journalists Madeleine Bunting and Gill Plimmer. The symposium will be followed by a drinks reception to mark the inaugural year of the Health Services Research Centre, which will provide the opportunity for colleagues and collaborators with a general interest in the provision of health and social care services to meet.  Click here to find out more.

Keep informed

We send these emails out every two months to tell you about the latest developments in our research programme. If you have notices that you want to share with the dementia community, email them to

About CCCU Research Development

Research Development (RD) is part of the Department of Enterprise, Employability and Research Development. RD is responsible for ensuring that Research and Enterprise is of the highest quality and meets all required internal and external standards, including managing the institutional submission to the Research Excellence Framework (REF). RD leads on development and implementation of the institutional research and enterprise integrity policies, processes and best practice. It also hosts the institutional Staff Researcher Development Programme and the Early Career Researcher Programme SPARC, and is responsible for the annual Research Internship programme. RD provides strategic and targeted support for academic staff to seek and secure funding for their research and innovation activities. This includes identification of core funding opportunities and support for proposal development, alongside strategic advice and support for faculties to develop their research portfolio and capacity.

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