Apply for a Research Grant

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BRACE is a research charity dedicated solely to funding research into different forms of dementia. We seek to raise public awareness of dementia and encourage collaboration between disciplines and experiences to deepen our understanding. 

We support medical and scientific research in three main areas:  

  • Understanding the brain to identify underlying causes of different dementias.
  • Developing accurate and effective means of diagnosing for dementias as early as possible. 
  • Finding new methods of prevention and treatment for different dementias, and ultimately a cure. 

Applications will only be considered from researchers based in academic/research institutions where there is clear evidence of existing studies on dementia. These institutions must be within the South West of England or South Wales. 

Our supported institutions: 

  • University of Bath
  • University of Bristol
  • University of Cardiff
  • University of Exeter
  • University of Plymouth
  • University of Swansea
  • University of The West of England (UWE)

Eligibility and Requirements

BRACE will consider applications for PhD Studentships, pilot projects and equipment grants.

PhD studentships grants will cover the cost of tuition fees. BRACE follows the MRC recommendations of a stipend and a fixed sum for consumables and other overheads, which is included in the grant. This typically is around £90,000-110,000.

Pilot projects usually last 12-18 months and cost no more than £70,000, but applicants with pilot proposals that exceed these guidelines are welcome to contact us for advice.

Equipment grants typically do not exceed more than £20,000 unless agreed.

BRACE is committed to funding high-quality research projects that contribute to the understanding, diagnosing, and treatment of dementias. The charity funds research into all forms of dementia, including Alzheimer’s, Lewy body dementia, frontotemporal dementia, and vascular dementia. We welcome applications from areas related to dementia including:  

  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Mild cognitive impairment (MCI)
  • Young-onset dementia.

Dementia-related to other neurological disorders, such as dementia in Parkinson’s and dementia related to Huntington’s disease, are eligible. However, we do not accept applications where the primary research focus is not on dementia aspects of the disease. All researchers must intend to publish the results of their studies.

Applications will only be considered from researchers based in academic/research institutions where there is clear evidence of existing studies on dementia. These institutions must be within the South West of England or South Wales. 

Our supported institutions: 

  • University of Bath
  • University of Bristol
  • University of Cardiff
  • University of Exeter
  • University of Plymouth
  • University of Swansea
  • University of The West of England (UWE)

A letter from the institution confirming the availability of facilitates for the proposed research project and verification of financial elements are required for consideration.

BRACE is a member of the Association of Medical Research Charities. BRACE supports the endeavours of the AMRC to achieve and maintain ethical and transparent practices in medical research, including its statement on animal testing, including a commitment to the 3Rs of reduction, replacement and refinement as basic principles of humane animal research 

Any project requiring ethical approval will only be awarded once such authorisation has been granted

General Guidelines for Applicants

Please read the general guideline document before applying.

BRACE General Guidelines

All applications undergo a triage process and are assessed by our independent Scientific Advisory Committee (SAC). If eligible after triage, they are sent to external peer reviewers and assessed by SAC at the final stages. BRACE’s application deadlines allow three months for the external peer review process. However, we depend on the availability of selected reviewers and cannot guarantee reviews in time for the Board to decide on application outcomes. 

Decisions will be taken by the Trustees at their quarterly meetings, as shown in the table below.

Application Deadlines for 2024 Grant Applications

Meeting Types of Application Submit Deadline
March 2024 Core Funding 31 January 2024
June 2024 PhD Studentships/Pilot Grants 17 February 2024
December 2024 PhD Studentships/Pilot Grants 02 September 2024

Application Forms

Reviewer Guidelines

Contact Us

Applicants are asked to contact the Science & Research Manager before submitting a full application, to check the eligibility of their research.

If you need any further information please contact [email protected]

Page last updated May 2024

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