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.

Macmillan Cancer Support Macmillan Research Grants Scheme

The Macmillan Research Grants Scheme is now open to applications for there 2017 call. To reach and improve the lives of everyone living with cancer, they invest in research that helps to understand the numbers, needs and experiences of people living with cancer and generate the evidence needed to enable a better cancer experience. Many peolple with cancer live in care homes.

They are inviting outline applications for projects in the following areas:

  1. The role of primary care in meeting the needs of people living with cancer
  2. People living with cancer that cannot be cured
  3. The use of digital technology to improve the experience and outcomes of people living with cancer

The deadline for outline applications is 8 May 2017.

Further details on available funding, applicant eligibility and the application and review process can be found on the website.



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.