The Alzheimer's Association International Research Grant Program lies at the heart of our commitment to advance Alzheimer's research. Since awarding our first grants in 1982, the Association has grown into the largest private, nonprofit funder of Alzheimer's research. Currently, the Association is investing more than $320 million in over 1,000 active best-of-field projects in 54 countries, spanning six continents.

Our program

The Alzheimer's Association International Research Grant Program funds investigations that advance our understanding of Alzheimer's disease, help identify new treatment strategies, provide information to improve care for people with dementia, and further our knowledge of brain health and disease prevention. Our awards support investigators at every professional stage and always include categories specifically designed to help talented young scientists establish careers in Alzheimer's research. Our entire grant portfolio is structured to meet the needs of the field and to nurture fresh ideas. Learn more about the types of grants we fund. 

The Association works to identify and fund a wide range of the most promising projects, from basic discovery science to studies addressing social and behavioral aspects of Alzheimer's - and related dementias. The studies we've invested have enabled significant advances across the research spectrum in such areas as diagnosis, genetics, treatments, prevention, early detection and enhancing quality of life.

For people living with Alzheimer's, every discovery offers new hope. Our grants program is a vital source of support for the worldwide scientific effort to build our knowledge base and conquer this complex disease.

Recently funded Alzheimer's research areas

Our grants program has funded some of the most important research threads in Alzheimer's science. These areas move the field forward by contributing to knowledge about Alzheimer's, refining research questions, and yielding clues to causes and treatments.

Guiding principles of our grants program

The driving force behind the Alzheimer's Association International Research Grant Program is our desire to improve quality of life for people affected by Alzheimer's. Key goals include:

  • Achieving new insights into discovery science of Alzheimer's and related dementias
  • Using these insights to identify and advance novel approaches to risk assessment, diagnosis, treatment and prevention
  • Improving care and support for those living with the disease
  • Furthering our understanding of brain health and prevention

We seek to:

  • Foster a diverse, inclusive scientific community that meets the needs of researchers at every career stage, with an emphasis on engaging and supporting early career investigators and those new to Alzheimer's and related dementia research.
  • Design a nimble program offering grant programs that evolve to reflect a rapidly accelerating field.
  • Ensure the quality of our funded research through rigorous peer review, supported by the Association's Medical and Scientific Advisory Group.
  • Support all scientifically legitimate avenues of investigation to nurture a robust pipeline of fresh ideas.

Conflict of Interest Policy

The Alzheimer's Association encourages its staff to seek external sponsored funding and participate in research and sponsored programs. As external sponsors establish their own policies regarding conflict of interest, the Association is expected to manage compliance with these requirements. Learn more about our Conflict of Interest Policy.