Alzheimer's Association | Research Grant

The Alzheimer’s Association Research Grant (AARG) award aims to fund early-career investigators who are less than 15 years past their doctoral degree or post-residency (MD or DO).

The purpose of this program is to provide newly independent investigators with funding that will allow them to develop preliminary or pilot data, to test procedures and to develop hypotheses. The intent is to support early-career development that will lay the groundwork for future research grant applications to federal or other funding entities.


Applicants must be an Assistant Professors or above at their respective academic institution and less than 15 years past their doctoral degree or post-residency (MD or DO):

  • The 15-year period applies to the date of submission of the grant application. Adjustments for career interruptions can be made for events such as: family leave, military service and major illness or injury. It is the responsibility of the applicant to point out and document such interruptions within their application.
  • Applications will be accepted from postdoctoral fellows and other junior faculty members (for example: Instructor, Research Associate Scientist, Lecturer etc.) who can provide a letter of employment verification indicating they will have a full-time faculty position of an Assistant Professor or above prior to notification of funding (Feb. 15, 2022) should the proposal be in funding range and funded.
    • The letter of employment must be uploaded with the application and dated within three months from application submission date, printed on the hiring institution letterhead, signed by an authorized institutional official (i.e. Grants and Contracts officer) and must indicate that the position will be activated by the grant award date. If the anticipated position is not activated by the award date for any reason, any offer of funding will be withdrawn. There will be no exceptions.
    • In the event your application is funded, you will be required to provide an official letter on organizational letterhead, signed by an institutional signing official, stating you have a full-time faculty position of an Assistant Professor and above.
  • If the applicant’s institution does not have an Assistant Professor position, the letter of employment should include sufficient information to allow the Alzheimer’s Association staff to evaluate the eligibility of the applicant.

Applicants must contact the Alzheimer’s Association at to verify eligibility if they do not have an assistant professor title and inquire regarding any possible exception prior to submitting a letter of intent (LOI). No exceptions will be made after the LOI deadline has passed.


October 8: LOI Deadline
October 25: LOI Notifications
November 19: Full application due
February 15: Award notifications will happen before this date

See Full Eligibility & Application Details

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Alzheimer's Association
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Grant Amount: 
$150,000 for up to three years
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External Deadline: 
Friday, November 19, 2021
Internal Deadline: 
Friday, November 12, 2021
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