The Alzheimer Society Research Program

On this page, learn more about the Alzheimer Society Research Program, including funding opportunities for researchers, when applications open and highlights from previous ASRP funded research.

The Alzheimer Society Research Program

The Alzheimer Society Research Program (ASRP) is supported by generous donors and partner organizations. Each year, Brain Canada Foundation provides significant funding to drive our innovative research program, and support our Dementia Talks! Canada series.

The ASRP 2024 competition is also supported by the Saskatchewan Health Research Foundation, Canadian Institutes of Health Research – Institute of Aging (CIHR-IA), Research Manitoba and Fonds de recherche du Québec – Santé. The ASRP has been made possible by the Canada Brain Research Fund (CBRF), an innovative arrangement between the government of Canada (through Health Canada) and Brain Canada Foundation, and Alzheimer Society of Canada.

What is the Alzheimer Society Research Program?

The Alzheimer Society Research Program (ASRP) is one of Canada's most innovative hubs for dementia research, helping the best and brightest minds in the field spark their work from ideas to impact.

The ASRP is changing dementia research in Canada

Since the Program's start in 1989, we have invested nearly $73 million in grants and awards toward innovative research that brings us closer to a future without Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias.

The ASRP has two goals

  • Encourage researchers to explore radical new ways to advance our knowledge of dementia, and
  • Improve the quality of life for people living with dementia, their families and caregivers.

What kind of research is the ASRP currently funding? See the 2023 funding recipients and learn more about the researchers and projects making an impact on dementia in Canada!

Check out how your donations are supporting dementia research in Canada

Alzheimer Society of Canada Donor Impact Report 2021 - Research (PDF)

Thank you for supporting the next wave of dementia research. Read this donor impact report to get the full picture of how your generosity is funding innovative treatments and unlocking new ways to improve the quality of life of people living with dementia and caregivers in Canada. A digital version of this report is also available.

You can also check out the list of our annual and impact reports.

Alzheimer Society of Canada Donor Impact Report 2021 - cover

How can researchers get funding from the Alzheimer Society Research Program?

Know what kind of funding is available

The ASRP offers funding in four categories: Doctoral, Postdoctoral, the New Investigator Operating Grant and the Proof of Concept Grant.

For more information on how to apply, key dates, funding categories, guidelines and frequently asked questions, please check out

Know the program's funding priorities

But, before you apply! Please read on below to learn more about the ASRP's priorities and your opportunities for funding.

Starting in 2019, the ASRP has shifted into an open competition that will focus on varying funding priorities: Basic science research, clinical, health services and population health. Applications in other aspects of dementia research, such as cause, prevention, risk, technology, social science and psychosocial interventions are also considered.

See the infographic below for the ASRP's eight funding priorities and how they are weighed when funding is allotted.

ASRP Areas of research funded.

Examples of research funded through the ASRP

Through the support of the ASRP, dementia researchers across Canada were able to work on projects like:

ASRP researcher Dr. Debra Sheets.

"An intergenerational choir that provides a voice for people with dementia and caregivers through the power of music."

Dr. Debra Sheets, University of Victoria

Read more about Dr. Sheets' research on the benefits of music and community for people living with dementia.

ASRP researcher Dr. Simon Duchesne.

"Using MRI to predict the onset of dementia — 20 to 25 years before symptoms appear."

Dr. Simon Duchesne, Université Laval

Read more about Dr. Duchesne's research on predicting dementia early.

ASRP researcher Dr. Lillian Hung.

"Adopting new and accessible technology such as iPads to emphasize person-centered care in hospitals."

Dr. Lillian Hung, Simon Fraser University

Read more on Dr. Hung's research on using technology to assist dementia care.

Meet some of the researchers we have funded in the past years through the Alzheimer Society Research Program.

Supporting the Program

The Alzheimer Society Research Program is a collaborative effort. The Alzheimer Society of Canada would like to thank the following:

Our donors

None of the research funded through the ASRP could be possible without your support. If you are interested in supporting dementia research through the ASRP, please donate today.

Our funding partners

Thank you to our funding partners who expand the reach and impact of our national research program.

Brain Canada
Canadian Institutes of Health Research – Institute of Aging
Fonds de recherche du Québec (FRQS)
Research Manitoba 
Saskatchewan Health Research Foundation

Alzheimer Societies across Canada

We also extend our thanks to the Alzheimer Societies who generously contribute to the Alzheimer Society Research Program each year: