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Teams of dementia researchers working together to speed up progress


Teams of dementia researchers working together to speed up progress

Formula 1 teams have a relentless drive to succeed. Working together to achieve a common goal. Race Against Dementia believes this mindset can be applied to a team of dementia researchers to speed up progress.

Race Against Dementia Teams identifies high potential leaders – researchers with an inventive approach. We back them to build a talented team of scientists. Awards of £750,000 are made to support the team for five years, and funds can be used for headcount, equipment and research costs.

Team selection is spearheaded by Rosetrees, a UK private medical charity who have funded over 2,000 research projects and have a successful venture philanthropy approach. Race Against Dementia trains the entire team in a Formula 1-style mindset for focus and advancement.

Hear what people affected by dementia have to say about Race Against Dementia
“Formula 1 teams are relentless in their drive to succeed – collaborating to achieve a common goal. It’s a mindset and work ethic we believe can be applied to a team of dementia researchers. I hope these new dementia research teams will speed up progress and get results.”

Sir Jackie Stewart OBE

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Teaming Up To Drive Out Dementia – grant call for applications

This grant call aims to attract some of the UK’s best or most promising research leaders who deserve the encouragement and stability of long-term support to take their innovative ideas to the next level. We want to help them build exceptionally talented research teams to get them across the finish line as quickly as possible in the race to beat dementia.

Only submissions from UK institutions are permitted. There are no limits on the number of applications from an institution but only one application per applicant is allowed (whether as the principal applicant or a named co-applicant).

We’re looking for either basic science, translational and clinical research projects in the following areas:

  • New diagnostic tests
  • Prevention
  • Mechanisms of diseases
  • Identification and testing of potential new treatments

PIs will have the freedom to identify whomever they think will best benefit the team, although it would typically include a combination of exceptional early career post-docs, PhD researchers, clinical fellows and technicians.

A £3.75 million fund will be available to fund up to five outstanding research projects for five years (£750k/team).

Race Against Dementia will provide the teams with expert F1 mindset training in the problem-solving techniques used by innovative organisations to achieve their goals. Philanthropy experts, Rosetrees, will manage the application process, monitor and support the successful applicants for the duration of each project.

Preliminary applications (2-3 pages) will be assessed by our panel of dementia experts, headed by John O’Brien (Professor of Old Age Psychiatry, University of Cambridge). Successful applicants will be invited to submit a full proposal that will be externally reviewed.

Submission period opening (Preliminary application)
19 June, 2023
Submission period closing (Preliminary application)
4 September (5pm), 2023
Submission period opening (Full application)
30 October, 2023
Submission period closing (Full application)
18 December (5pm), 2023
Notification of funding decision
May 2024
Grant duration
5 years
Funding amount
£750k (£150k/annum)
rosetrees supports the best medical research


To apply please visit the Rosetrees Flexigrant Portal

(Search for: Race Against Dementia – Rosetrees Preliminary Application 2023).


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