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Alzheimer's Disease Research (ADR) Grant

BrightFocus Foundation

Agency: Foundation

GrantWatch ID #175069

Grant Description

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Grants and fellowships to USA, Canada, and International researchers at nonprofit organizations and institutions for projects that explore and increase the understanding of Alzheimer's disease. Funding is intended to accelerate the understanding of the biological mechanisms underlying Alzheimer’s Disease and related dementias as well as innovative approaches to better diagnose, prevent or delay the progress of the disease.

Preference is made for exciting pilot projects that would not, at their present stage, be competitive for large government or industry awards. Typically, these awards are made to early-stage investigators, or to more established investigators who are proposing particularly innovative research.

The ADR program offers two types of awards:

  • Standard Awards: The standard award provides significant funding for researchers who have already generated some amount of preliminary data, but are often required to demonstrate additional, significant progress before they can apply to governmental or industrial funding agencies.
  • Postdoctoral Fellowship Awards: Postdoctoral fellowship awards are intended for young researchers in their final stages of mentored training. These awards fund projects in an established laboratory that will serve as the basis for the applicant's own independent research career.

BrightFocus budgets are divided into the following categories: Personnel, supplies, equipment, contractual services, travel, and other itemized expenses. Tuition reimbursement for undergraduate and graduate students is an allowable budget item.

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Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Fellowships are limited to researchers within 5 years of doctoral degree conferral (or end of residency). All other applicants are encouraged to apply for a standard award.

Postdoctoral Fellowships: These are available to junior and senior postdoctoral fellows. Applicants with pending appointments are eligible to apply, but the appointment must be finalized by the start of the award. A Postdoctoral Research Fellow is defined as follows: "An individual who has received a doctoral degree (or equivalent) and is engaged in a temporary and defined period of mentored advanced training to enhance the professional skills and research independence needed to pursue his or her chosen career path."

Standard Awards: These are open to tenure- and non-tenure track investigators of any career stage who are appropriately trained to lead an independent research study, and are permitted by their organizations to manage grants and supervise key personnel. Applicants should have completed their formal post-doctoral mentored research training, and must be the intellectual and creative leads for the proposed projects.

BrightFocus will fund grants for research at non-profit organizations or institutions only. Each Grantee Institution must submit evidence of its tax-exempt status to BrightFocus prior to the distribution of any Grant including but not limited to, a tax determination from the Internal Revenue Service.

For foreign institutions: Each Grantee Institution must submit evidence of its tax-exempt status to BrightFocus prior to the distribution of any Grant, including but not limited to, a determination of tax-exempt or nonprofit status from their home country of origin.

BrightFocus does not fund institutional overhead, capital equipment, or construction of buildings.

Pre-Application Information:

Full Proposal deadline: November 01, 2022, 5:00 PM EST
Note: All deadlines are 5:00 p.m. EST (Washington, D.C.) on the day of the deadline.

Applicants will be notified of the Board of Directors' decision concerning their application by mid-April. The first check is dated July 1st and is mailed once all contracts are agreed upon and signed.

Alzheimer's Disease Research Program Request for Proposal:

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Additional Funding Information:

Estimated Size of Grant:

Amount: $100,000 per year

The Principal Investigator salary request must be the lesser of 35% of the total grant request, or 35% of the individual’s salary. Co-PI salaries are capped at the lesser of 25% of the total grant request, or 25% of the individual’s salary. Salary caps are imposed on the Principal Investigators and Co-Principal Investigators only. Postdoctoral Fellowship PIs are not restricted by this salary cap.

Term of Contract:

- Standard Awards can be up to 3 years.
- Fellowship Awards can be up to 2 years.

Contact Information:

Online application portal:

For questions or difficulties, please contact a representative of the Research Grants office by telephone at 800-437-2423 or email

To gauge the competitiveness of a proposal, call or write the Vice President for Scientific Affairs, Diane Bovenkamp, Ph.D., at

Department of Scientific Affairs
BrightFocus Foundation
22512 Gateway Center Drive
Clarksburg, Maryland 20871

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