Funding Opportunities

Below is a list of possible funding opportunities for care home related research. If you would like to add to this list, please email

Organisation Scheme Notes
Alzheimer's Society Dissemination grants

The Alzheimer's Society's new dissemination grants scheme provides funding to support the sharing of research knowledge and material beyond researcher’s own peer groups. It encourages researchers to communicate and engage with people who may be helped and supported by the outcomes of their research.

Target audiences may include people affected by dementia, professional carers and care home staff; clinicians, nurses, psychologists and other allied health professions; as well as NHS employees, managers, commissioners and policy makers. 

The aim of these grants is to encourage people to understand how research outcomes can improve their work or lives, and how the research findings could be used in future practice and help people affected by dementia

Alzheimer’s Society welcomes creative dissemination ideas. Examples of dissemination activities may include:

  • public engagement workshops;
  • cross-disciplinary conferences;
  • artistic exhibits, performances or festivals;
  • adapting materials for different audiences;
  • interactive technologies, databases and audio-visual products;
  • media events (such as interviews, or television or radio presentations) or written articles in newspapers or weekly or monthly magazines;
  • software or NetWare;
  • educational aids, instruments or equipment;
  • virtual networking and interactions.

Please note the following activities are not eligible for this scheme: conference attendance; journal publications; and apps designed for people affected by dementia that are not research-focussed.

They welcome applications from both Alzheimer’s Society funded and non-Alzheimer’s Society funded research, including projects they have partnered on. For instance; research they have supported through involving there service users and or Research Network Volunteers, or more complex partnership activities.

HNN2.0 - Office for EU and International Research Projects Horizon 2020

Horizon 2020 is the biggest EU Research and Innovation programme ever with nearly €80 billion of funding available and running from 2014 to 2020. It stems from the combination of Europe2020 and Innovation Union, aimed at securing Europe's global competitiveness by driving economic growth and creating jobs.

Through investment support on research and innovation, Horizon 2020 is helping to achieve this with its emphasis on excellent science, industrial leadership and tackling societal challenges. The goal is to ensure Europe produces world-class science, removes barriers to innovation and makes it easier for the public and private sectors to work together in delivering innovation.


Alzheimer's Society Dissemination grants

Dissemination grants support researchers to communicate their findings to a defined audience with the specific purpose of moving dementia research into practice. These grants are for researchers to:

  • apply research methods and approaches to generate insights that enable more effective implementation of dementia research
  • facilitate decision making on best available evidence
  • enable take up of research interventions where they are of strategic importance, helping them to develop further and implement findings on a practical level. 
Economic & Social Research Council (ESRC) Open Call

If you have an excellent idea for a research project, the best way to seek funding for it is through our Research Grants open call. Awards ranging from £350,000 to £1 million (100 per cent full Economic Cost (fEC)) can be made to eligible institutions to enable individuals or research teams to undertake anything from a standard research project through to a large-scale survey and other infrastructure or methodological development.

There is considerable flexibility when it comes to subject area, too. As long as you always make sure that your suggested topic falls within ESRC's remit, you are free to concentrate on any research area.

University of Reading Modelling Personal Environments for Dementia Support

The aim of this project is to investigate and model how the Internet of Things (IoT), defined as a network of physical objects that contain embedded technology to communicate and sense or interact with their internal states or the external environment [1], can be used to support people with early to mid stages of dementia to live independently and enjoy an active lifestyle for as long as possible after diagnosis.

University of Birmingham PhD - Planning for the Future: Legal Decision-Making and Dementia

Applications and enquiries are invited from candidates who wish to develop a doctoral research project exploring the ways that people with a diagnosis of dementia approach putting their affairs in order following diagnosis, and how they make decisions about the future. I am especially interested in supervising projects using feminist and critical theoretical frameworks and empirical, socio-legal methodological approaches. Proposals relating to legal contexts anywhere in the world are welcome, as are comparative approaches to mental capacity law.