AA-ISRI | Aug. 19-23, 2024 | Chicago, IL

Applications for the 2024 AA-ISRI are open through March 11, 2024, at 11:59 p.m. CT (North America).

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Who should apply

Applications will be reviewed from early-stage investigators, defined as those who completed their terminal research degree (Ph.D., Dr.PH., M.D. or other doctoral-level degree) or completed their post-graduate clinical training before this program starts in August and within the past 10 years. Applicants should not have previously competed successfully as a principal investigator for a substantial independent research award. The doctoral degree may be in social, medical, behavioral sciences or public health. Applicants must be U.S. citizens, non-citizen nationals or lawfully admitted for permanent residence. Applicants from diverse backgrounds, including individuals from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups, individuals with disabilities and women are always encouraged to apply.

Please note: Study projects involving imaging and biomarkers fall outside the scope of the Summer Institute.

Training tracks

Applicants must specify one of the two offered training tracks, either public health or psychosocial. Please select your track based on the descriptions below.

Public Health Track

Public health is a broad field aimed at protecting and improving the health and safety of a community or group of people.

Applicants for the public health track should be interested in pursuing research projects applicable at a population level, typically using secondary data. Projects may include disease prevalence (epidemiology), systems change (public health policy and health systems reform) and cost of care (economics). Research on interventions with respect to risk reduction (primary prevention), early detection (secondary prevention) and disease management (tertiary prevention) should focus on population-level — not individual-level — interventions.

At the Summer Institute, successful applicants in the public health track will:

Psychosocial Track

Psychosocial research focuses on how psychological factors and the social environment influence physical, functional, cognitive and mental well-being, including the influence of socioeconomic status, cultural and ethnic diversity, and health and lifestyle practices. It examines individuals' risk, resilience and outcomes, and develops and tests interventions to reduce risk, promote resilience and effect outcomes. In the context of Alzheimer's disease and related dementias (ADRD), it also focuses on the effects of dementia on individuals and caregivers, as well as differences across stages of the disease.

Applicants for the psychosocial track should be interested in pursuing research projects focused on implementation research, typically using primary data. These projects should be applicable at an individual level (e.g., persons living with dementia), dyadic level (e.g., persons living with dementia and their caregivers) or group/systems level (e.g., long-term care) to effect risk, resilience and outcomes.

At the Summer Institute, successful applicants in the psychosocial track will:

How to submit

Applicants must specify one of the two offered training tracks (public health or psychosocial). The application requirements include:

Our application is hosted through Proposal Central. If you do not already have a Proposal Central account, please create one by visiting the application page and clicking “Create an Account Now.” Please reach out to summerinstitute@alz.org with any questions.

Applicant evaluation criteria

Applications will be reviewed by an AA-ISRI Selection Committee, comprised of AA-ISRI faculty and convened yearly only for the purpose of applicant selection. Participants will be evaluated based on the following criteria:

Twenty-four AA-ISRI awardees (12 per track) are chosen each year. Expenses for airfare, accommodations, most meals, local transportation and any course materials will be covered.

Application resources

These NIH resources below can help applicants develop successful applications:

You can also reference the Alzheimer’s Association International Research Grant Program.

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