We are pleased to share that the application process for the Proof of Concept Grant, the cornerstone of innovation and excellence in the Alzheimer Society Research Program is now open!

With over 500,000 Canadians living with dementia, and that number expected to rise, the need for fresh and innovative research into dementia is imperative. With around 1 in 5 Canadians having experienced caring for someone living with dementia, it’s expected to have a $10.4 billion impact on Canadian economy and healthcare system.

The goal of the Alzheimer Society Research Program is to support studies that promise new insights into causes, prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and management of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias. The program seeks fresh new hypothesis examining these areas in order to support the goal of both eradicating and ameliorating the lives of those affected by Alzheimer’s. The Proof of Concept Grant is designed to fund innovated, high-risk, high-reward research that pushes the boundaries of our current understanding of dementia.


The Alzheimer Society Research Program will pre-screen applications for the Proof of Concept Grant through a Letter of Intent (LOI) process. Successful LOI applicants will then be asked to submit a full application for peer review later in the summer.

Researchers with big, bold, challenging new ideas relevant to Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias are encouraged to apply.

The LOI form is available now with submissions due by July 11, 2022 (5:00PM).

Funding Available

The Proof of Concept Grant provides $100,000 over up to 3 years to support investigators with innovative, high-risk, high-yield hypotheses about dementia.

Internal Contacts

Potential applicants are encouraged to discuss this funding opportunity by emailing the following contact(s) as soon as possible: Rachel Hirsch and their Research Facilitator.

 For more information and to read the Proof of Concept LOI guidelines, please visit this website.


Faculty Deadline Consult your Faculty Research Facilitator.
OVPRI Deadline (Approval Form) October 28, 2022
Submission to Sponsor July 11, 2022 5:00 PM (LOI)

November 4, 2022 5:00PM (Full Application)

Submitting Your Application

  • Step 1) Submit an internal Carleton Approval Form
    Submit an internal Approval Form through our central awards management database CUResearch:
    For a user’s guide on submitting an Approval Form, click here.
  • Step 2) Submit an external application to the granting agency
    Submit an external application to the corresponding grant or award agency. For further details about funding categories, eligibility criteria and deadlines for this opportunity, click here.