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Hundreds of talented scientists worldwide apply for grants from the Alzheimer's Association International Research Grant Program to fund investigations of new treatment methods, accelerate drug development and identify prevention strategies.

Applying for a research grant

Below is a summary of steps for applying for a research grant. 

Step 1: Submit a letter of intent and application

The first step in applying to the Alzheimer's Association for any research grant is to submit a Letter of Intent (LOI) through the proposalCENTRAL online application system at Applications will not be accepted without an approved LOI submitted within that grant cycle/program. First-time users must register and fill out a Professional Profile in proposalCENTRAL to begin the LOI/application process. The Alzheimer's Association requires that all applicants must be registered as a reviewer with the Association to submit a letter of Intent. If you submit a letter of intent/application and are NOT currently registered as a reviewer, you will be automatically added to the Alzheimer's Association reviewer roster. Additionally, it is required that you review at least one grant proposal within your area of expertise, outside the grant competition to which you are applying.

2020 International Research Grant Program

View the types of grants we offer or learn more information by downloading our International Research Grant Program Announcement January 2020 Program (August 2019 – February 2020).


The LOI and completed application must be submitted by a single principal investigator (PI). All LOIs must be approved or rejected in the current grant cycle. Hard copies of the LOI will not be accepted. LOIs will not be accepted after the deadline date — no exceptions.

Step 2: Review process

Once research proposals are submitted, the Alzheimer's Association uses a network of Alzheimer's and dementia scientists worldwide who voluntarily serve as peer reviewers. For each proposal, the Association assembles a specialized panel of three scientific and technical Alzheimer's and dementia experts to evaluate the project.

Specific criteria for review are described in the individual program request for applications (RFAs).

Reviewers use an online system for their reviews to discuss their assessment of a particular proposal and have the opportunity to participate in a threaded discussion with peers evaluating the same project.

Applicants may include recommended reviewers or may exclude specific reviewers from evaluating their application. Conflict of Interest includes:

  1. The Applicant trained with / by the reviewer.
  2. Reviewer published with the Applicant in the last four (4) years. This excludes workshop or large consortia (i.e., ADNI, IGAP, etc.).
  3. Reviewer has been a co-investigator on a grant application or award with the Applicant in the last four (4) years.
  4. Reviewer has a conceptual difference of opinion with the Applicant that will prevent a fair review.
  5. Reviewer will receive financial benefit from the Applicant receiving an award.

Following the online peer review, the second stage includes further review and discussion of the evaluations and scores that resulted from the initial review process. This second review is carried out by the International Research Grant Program (IRGP) Council and review committee members to ensure fairness and equity in the initial review procedures and to make funding recommendations to the Association.

Final recommendations from the IRGP Council are shared with the Alzheimer's Association Medical and Scientific Advisory Group (MSAG) to share with the Alzheimer’s Association for final approval. Members of the MSAG are internationally recognized experts with distinguished careers in Alzheimer's and all dementia.

This two-stage process is central to our award decisions and is designed to ensure both scientific rigor and fairness in the review of all submitted applications.

If you are interested in being considered as a reviewer for the Alzheimer's Association International Research Grant Program, please submit your CV to

Step 3: Awards announced​

Applicants are notified of grant awards via the email provided in the application.

For more information, contact or call 312.335.5747 or 312.335.5862.

Program summary

January 2020 Program
Alzheimer’s Association Research Grant (AARG)
Alzheimer’s Association Research Grant to Promote Diversity (AARG-D)
Alzheimer’s Association Research Grant – New to the Field (AARG-NTF)
Alzheimer’s Association Research Grant to Promote Diversity – New to the Field (AARG-D-NTF)
Alzheimer’s Association Research Fellowship (AARF) *
Alzheimer’s Association Research Fellowship to Promote Diversity (AARF-D) *
Alzheimer’s Association Clinician Scientist Fellowship (AACSF) *
Alzheimer’s Association Clinician Scientist Fellowship to Promote Diversity (AACSF-D) *

*These programs also include a $10,000 (each) stipend for both the awardee and the mentor at the conclusion of the award provided specific milestones are met (total $20,000).