Research funding is often fixed to a set body of work. Much like the process of developing a winning racing car, scientific discovery rarely follows a linear path. There are new leads or unexpected breakthroughs. Additional funds are needed to quickly exploit an opportunity and avoid high potential ideas being shelved.
The Race Against Dementia Ignition Fund supports exceptional scientists in their dementia research. Applications can be made for up to £100k and are assessed by Race Against Dementia’s expert scientific panel. The panel convene at least twice a year. Funding can be used for equipment, headcount or research costs.
Sir Jackie Stewart OBE
We want to support innovative research that will facilitate a ‘stage shift’ towards dementia prevention, improved diagnosis, treatment and understanding of the fundamental science of the disease. Applicants do not need any preliminary data in order to apply – but smart and novel new ideas are particularly welcome.
Race Against Dementia Ignition Grants are available for up to 24 months duration and funding up to £100,000. Applications are accepted from UK-based early and mid-career researchers, including current and past Race Against Dementia Fellows and Associates, however applications from more senior researchers will also be considered, and all will be subject to our peer review process. There are no limits on the number of applications from an institution but only one application per applicant is allowed.
The one-stage application process is designed to be simple and rapid. To apply please prepare an application (maximum two pages) which requires the following:
The review panel will award grants on scientific merit and on the quality of the application and applicants. The Grant Panel Members will review all applications in advance of a panel meeting and then discuss and score each before making recommendations for funding – at this stage if further information is required the applicants may be contacted to answer questions or provide clarification. These recommendations will be presented to the Race Against Dementia trustees for final approval. The terms and conditions of the grant will be outlined in a contract drawn up once the grants have been awarded. Please note Race Against Dementia does not pay institutional overheads on research grants.