Alzheimer Society Research Program - New Investigator and Regular Grants

Updated Information
  • Internal deadline changed from October 31, 2017 to October 30, 2017
  • External deadline changed from November 7, 2017 to November 6, 2017


Alzheimer Society of Canada


The Alzheimer Society Research Program (ASRP) is a successful collaborative initiative of our Federation, within which all the provincial Alzheimer Societies, the Alzheimer Society of Canada (ASC), partners and donors pull together to support research directed at both eradicating dementia and ameliorating the lives of those affected by it.

The ASRP provides grants and awards to support Canadian studies that promise new insights into causes, prevention, diagnosis, treatment and management of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias.

The ASRP focuses on two research streams:

1. The Biomedical Stream provides funding for research into basic biological mechanisms related to brain changes associated with the disease, and into the identification of therapeutic agents to combat the disease. Applications relative to, for example, brain-behaviour mechanisms, biochemical changes and molecular genetics are processed in the Biomedical stream.

2. The Quality of Life stream is concerned with all aspects of dementia care and support. The Alzheimer Society has a particular interest in the means to improve the way care is experienced by people with dementia living in long term care homes, and their families.

All applications for funding must include an explicit statement defining the relevance of the proposed research to Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias. ASC reserves the right to allocate an application to the review panel deemed most appropriate for that application.


The New Investigator Grant is a prestigious funding opportunity designed to help launch the careers of outstanding researchers who are entering their first phase of an academic appointment. The intent is to help the grantee establish his/her laboratory and generate enough preliminary data to support fully competitive research grant proposals in national and international funding competitions. Applicants must be within two years of their first academic appointment and in a recognised Canadian institution at the application deadline date, and documentation must be provided from the institution to show that the applicant has been appointed to a salaried position that will continue for the duration of the grant. The two year stipulation may be extended if the appointment was interrupted by a significant medical or maternity leave of absence.

The most favoured applications in the Regular Grants program are those which focus on challenging new directions in research into Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias. Principal investigators must hold a position at least equivalent to the rank of Assistant Professor. Adjunct professors at or above the level of Assistant Professor are eligible to apply. Each grant must designate one principal investigator, who will be the administrative contact; no other principal investigators must be named.

Funding Availability

The maximum amount awarded is $60,000/year for applications in the Quality of Life stream and a maximum of $75,000/year for applications in the Biomedical stream.

Indirect Costs


Project Duration

New Investigator Grant: Maximum of 3 years for both streams

Regular Grant: Up to 2 years for both streams


If College-level review is required, your College will communicate its earlier internal deadlines.

Internal Deadline

PI to submit copy of complete application along with OR5 form to:

External Deadline

Applicant must submit directly to the sponsor. The ASRP does not accept applications and supporting documents via mail (with the exception of university transcripts). All applications and supporting documents must be submitted online through ASC’s Review Room portal.

Incomplete applications will not be processed.

Information on this competition can be found on the Alzheimer Society Canada website.

For Questions, please contact

Research Department
Alzheimer Society of Canada
20 Eglinton Ave., W., Ste. 1600
Toronto, ON M4R 1K8
Tel: 416-847-2968; 1-800-616-8816 ext. 2968 (toll free)
Fax: 416 488-3778

Office of Research

Ornella McCarron, Grants Officer
Research Services Office
519-824-4120 x52832

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