The MRCG-HRB Joint Funding Scheme 2017-2018

The Alzheimer Society of Ireland is pleased to announce its participation in the Joint Funding Scheme 2017 between the Health Research Board and the Medical Research Charities Group.

Research Priorities

Post-diagnostic support services can help people with dementia to continue living well in the community, provide information and support; help people to manage issues as a result of getting a diagnosis; and delay admission to long-term residential care.
Post-diagnostics is a key policy priority for the Alzheimer Society of Ireland and is the focus of this research call. There is a need for more research to understand the experiences and needs of people at the point of diagnosis in terms of emotional and psychological supports to manage the distress, uncertainty, fear, anxiety and grief that can accompany a diagnosis of dementia. 
For this co-funding scheme we are inviting competitive and original proposals that address the experiences and needs of people with dementia in terms of how emotional and psychological needs can be addressed. 

Focus of Call 

Dementia and post-diagnostics, emotional and psychological support and service needs for people with dementia following diagnosis.

Expression of Interest

The initial expression of interest (2-3 pages) should describe the following:
Overall objectives
Current knowledge and research gaps
Meaningful Public and Patient Involvement
Expected costs
Please submit EOI to ASI Policy & Research Manager Dr. Bernadette Rock by Friday, 9th February 2018 (5.30pm) via
Following review, a shortlist of applicants will be notified for requests of their full application. 

Key Dates

Opening Date: January 17th 2018
Closing date for pre-application form: February 9th 2018
Closing date for full applications (if shortlisted): March 11th 2018
Application notification: July 2018
Research Project Start Date: September 2018
Level of funding: Up to €10,000
Duration of Funding: 12-36 months 

Review Process

Stage 1: Internal Review of pre-application submissions to develop shortlist for full application
Stage 2: International Peer review of full applications including Applicant's Right to Reply
Stage 3: Evaluation and ranking by ASI Research Review Panel
Stage 4: Highest ranking proposals submitted for consideration under the HRB/MRCG Joint Funding Scheme.
We recommend that you take time to read the full application form and HRB instructions to applicants available on the links below:
Stage 1 Pre-application forms must be submitted by Friday, 9th February 2018 (5.30pm)
For application for and further information, please contact: ASI Policy & Research Manager Dr. Bernadette Rock

More information

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