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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.

This page lists key dates for all research programs and outlines procedures and processes common to all research grant categories.

2018 International Research Grant Program

Learn more information from our complete International Research Grant Program Announcement June 2018 Program (February – August 2018).


Applying for a research grant

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

Step 1: Submitting 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. 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.

The LOI and completed application must be submitted by a single principal investigator (PI). A PI cannot submit an LOI that has been approved or rejected during a previous grant cycle. 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: Peer review

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

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.

Step 3: Second stage MSAC review

The peer review process results in a ranking of proposed research projects that are shared with the Alzheimer's Association Medical and Scientific Advisory Council, a group of nationally and internationally recognized experts with long and distinguished careers in Alzheimer's and related dementias. MSAC members evaluate peer review commentary and scoring to guide in ensuring fairness and equity of the initial review process to make funding recommendations to the Association.

This two-stage review process is central to the Alzheimer's Association International Research Grant Program award decisions and is designed to ensure both scientific rigor and fairness to 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 4: Awards announced

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

For more information: Contact or call 312.335.5747 or 312.335.5862.