2019 International Research Grant Program

Learn more information from our complete International Research Grant Program Announcement January 2019 Program (September 2018 – February 2019).


Competition objectives

The Alzheimer's Association Research Grant – New to the Field (AARG-NTF) aims to fund investigators who are over the 10 years since last terminal degree and are new to Alzheimer's and related dementia field of research. 
Individuals who are over 10 years since last terminal degree and new to the field of neuroscience or neurodegeneration (Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, Lewy body dementia, etc.) will be considered for this program. If you are still within 10 years since last terminal degree, you must apply to the regular AARG program. The purpose of this program is to provide independent investigators with funding that will allow them to develop preliminary or pilot data, to test procedures and to develop hypotheses. The intent is to support research that will lay the groundwork for future research grant applications to federal or other funding entities, like the National Institutes of Health, including future proposals to the Alzheimer's Association®. The Alzheimer's Association 
recognizes the need to increase the number of scientists from underrepresented groups in the research enterprise. 

Funding and award period

Each AARG-NTF total award is limited to $150,000 (direct and indirect costs) for up to three years (minimum 2 years). Requests in any given year may not exceed $60,000 (direct and indirect costs). Indirect costs are capped at 10 percent (rent for laboratory/office space is expected to be covered by 
indirect costs paid to the institution). 


Applicants must be Assistant Professors or above at their respective 
institution. For individuals who are at non-academic institutions, please contact the Alzheimer's Association at to verify your eligibility. 

Eligibility to apply for this grant competition is restricted to investigators who are over 10 years and new to Alzheimer's and related dementia field of research. Individuals who are over 10 years since last terminal degree and new to the field of neuroscience or neurodegeneration (Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, Lewy body dementia, etc.) will be considered for this program and will need to contact the Association at to receive an exception prior to submitting an LOI. 

Please note: If the applicant’s institution does not have an Assistant Professor position, the letter of employment should include sufficient information to allow the Alzheimer’s Association staff to evaluate the eligibility of the applicant. 


The Alzheimer's Association will not accept new grant applications from 
currently funded investigators who are delinquent in submitting required reports and other deliverables on active grants. Investigators that have previous Alzheimer's Association awards closed as "Incomplete" are not eligible to apply without exception. This policy will be strictly adhered to with no exceptions. 

Deadlines and award dates

Letters of Intent must be received by 5 p.m. EST, October, 2018. Letters of Intent will not be accepted after this date. No exceptions will be made. 

Applications must be received by 5 p.m. EST, November 19, 2018. 

Scientific and technical review will be conducted from November 2018 - January 2019. The second-level review by the Medical and Scientific Advisory Council will be conducted during January 2019. Funding will be awarded by February 15, 2018. 

Create and submit your LOI online at

LOI Review Procedures (Note: Feedback is not provided at the LOI stage for LOIs not invited to submit a full application.) 

All LOIs will be evaluated prior to invitation. Only LOIs that meet program specific guidelines will be invited to submit full applications. LOIs will also be reviewed by the Alzheimer's Association Medical and Scientific Advisory Council with special attention to: 

  1. Demonstrable innovation/novelty of the proposed project (especially in the context of the PIs recently funded work)
  2. Alignment with the research priorities of the Alzheimer.s Association
  3. Impact of project on Alzheimer.s disease and related dementia research
  4. Evidence of methodological rigor that address the research question(s) being proposed 

Applications will be reviewed with special attention to: 

  • Significance of the question being studied
  • Applicant information – including the training of the PI insofar as it enables them to perform the work proposed and qualifications of the collaborators and the expertise they bring to the project
  • Quality of the work plan, including novelty and innovation of the proposed project
  • Quality and adequacy of available resources and budget
  • Impact-Risk 

Mechanism of Award, Reporting Requirements and Allowable Costs

The mechanism of the award is the individual research grant. The maximum allowable duration is three years (minimum 2 years). Annual scientific progress and financial reports are required. Continuation of the grant over the awarded duration is contingent upon the timely receipt of scientific progress and financial reports. 


A “budget summary” for the proposed research project is required and must 
be submitted with the application and within the allowable two-page limit. However, if the application is to be awarded, a more detailed budget will be required and must be approved before the disbursement of funds. Your budget must not exceed the maximum amount of the award, $150,000 or $60,000 per year for up to three years (minimum 2 years). Note: If you only request the award for two years the max amount you can request is $120,000. 

Allowable costs under this award

It is required that most of the funds awarded under this program be used for direct research support. 

  • Purchase and care of laboratory animals
  • Small pieces of laboratory equipment and laboratory supplies (purchases over $10,000 require prior approval)
  • Computer software if used strictly for data collection, (require prior approval)
  • Salary for the principal investigator, scientific (including postdoctoral fellows) and technical staff (including laboratory technicians and administrative support directly related to the funded grant)
  • Support for travel to scientific and professional meetings not to exceed $2,000 per year; additional support for travel expenses necessary to carry out research planned not to exceed $1,000 per year – this may include site visits. Total travel cost should not exceed $5,000 for the duration of the award. 

Direct Costs not allowed under this award include: 

  • Computer hardware or standard software (e.g. Microsoft Office)
  • Construction or renovation costs
  • Tuition
  • Rent for laboratory/office space
  • Salary and/or compensation for Alzheimer.s Association Staff or members of the Alzheimer's Association Medical and Scientific Advisory Council (MSAC) 

For more information: Contact or call 1.312.335-5747 or 1.312.335.5862. 

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