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Dementia funding and grants

Dementia research funding

The National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) has launched a new grant opportunity through the Government’s Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF) which will see $17.5 million made available to dementia researchers as part of the Dementia, Ageing and Aged Care Mission.

The funding is intended to target large-scale interdisciplinary research into dementia and aged care in four streams: $1 million to develop measures to assess dementia care at a local organisational level and improve its quality; $6 million to develop interventions for holistic and multidisciplinary care, including new digital technologies to support care, managing transitions between care types, and managing the progression of dementia; $8 million for research to develop better diagnostic and prognostic tools for dementia, including biological markers of disease onset and progression; and $2.5 million for research into effective infection control practices in aged care settings and during transitions.

Applications close on 10 March 2021, and it is anticipated that assessment of grant applications will take place during April/May 2021.

NHMRC International grants

The National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) is investing $4.5 million in six international medical research projects – two of which are focused on dementia:

  • Associate Professor Peter Van Wijngaarden from the Centre for Eye Research Australia has been awarded a $393,098 grant through the NHMRC-European Union JPND grant scheme and will lead a team evaluating multimodal retinal imaging biomarkers of Alzheimer’s disease.
  • Dr Tuan Anh Nguyen from the University of South Australia has been awarded a $2.5 million grant (from the NHMRC and e-ASIA Joint Research Program Scheme) to fund the development of a virtual assistant tool to support family carers of people living with dementia in Australia, New Zealand, Indonesia and Vietnam. The website and smart device app will allow carers to search topics using text or voice command and provide video instructions to support them in their caring roles.

NHMRC CEO Professor Anne Kelso says the NHMRC’s dedicated international funding schemes consolidate links between Australian researchers and their international counterparts.

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