Alzheimer Society Research Program

What is the “ASRP”?

The Alzheimer Society Research Program is a collaborative initiative of the provincial Alzheimer Societies, the Alzheimer Society of Canada, partners, and our valuable donors who support research directed at both eliminating dementia and improving the lives of those affected by it.

The Alzheimer Society Research Program (ASRP) has funded $53 million in grants and awards since its inception in 1989. 

The ASRP targets two types of research:

  1. Biomedical: Focusing on the science of the brain and the changes that are associated with dementia and identifying therapeutic targets to reverse, stop or cure the disease
  2. Quality of Life (QoL): Exploring issues that impact the lives of people with dementia and their caregivers, including risk factors, behavioural and cognitive changes, physical support, caregiving and health service delivery

What we have to offer:

Type of funding




Doctoral $22,000/year 3 years Supports promising individuals pursuing their PhD and helps them become future independent investigators
Postdoctoral $41,500/year (PhD)
$51,500/year (MD)
2 years Provides graduates with a PhD or MD the opportunity to gain additional experience within an established research environment
New Investigator Grant $75,000 3 years Designed to help launch the careers of outstanding researchers who are within the first two years of their initial faculty appointment
Research Grant $75,000 2 years Designed to fund established investigators

Impact of Research funded through the ASRP:

  • Identifying potential new drugs for Alzheimer’s disease
  • Using neuroimaging techniques to distinguish different forms of dementia
  • Studying how diet and other lifestyle choices may delay the disease
  • Developing technology to enhance quality of life, care and safety for people affected
  • Improving care delivery in the community and in long-term care settings

Our commitment to you:

In 2016, an estimated 564,000 people are living with dementia in Canada. This is why the Alzheimer Society Research Program remains committed to funding innovative research that will bring us closer to a future without Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias.

It is important that we report back to our stakeholders and celebrate the success of ASRP-funded research. We do so by providing research updates, sharing publications resulting from these projects, webinars and community events which engage researchers with the community.

How to apply
2018 award recipients

    Last Updated: 04/25/2019