Support for Scientific Meetings, Conferences and Congresses

The Alzheimer Society supports scientific meetings, conferences, conference symposia and congresses as means of communicating and disseminating research evidence among researchers, clinicians and other knowledge users, as well as promoting interactions among and between these groups. Through the Alzheimer Society Research Program (ASRP), the Alzheimer Society will financially support such events focussed on Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias. These activities may include, but are not limited to:

  • Education of public, health professionals, community organisations and policy makers
  • Knowledge dissemination to inform research, policy and/or clinical practice

Budget available (fiscal year 2020/21*)

  • Maximum support (per event) - $10,000

* for meetings taking place between April 1, 2020 and March 31, 2021

In-kind support

ASRP support may also be provided in the form of in-kind contributions, e.g., website posting, internal communications, etc.


The request for ASRP support must originate from the conference chair, who must be an independent researcher (as defined by CIHR)i and formally affiliated with a Canadian post-secondary institution or its affiliated institution (e.g., hospital or research institute). The conference must be taking place in Canada, or be the meeting of a Canadian group (e.g., professional association).

Expectations of sponsorship

ASRP support must be formally acknowledged, including but not limited to:

  • Alzheimer Society name and logo on the conference website, conference program, on-site signage, and meeting reports;
  • Attendance by Alzheimer Society representative – registration to be covered by organizer

Partner participation

The ASRP is a collaboration of the Alzheimer Societies across Canada. As part of ASRP support, the conference chair must personally contact the CEO/Executive Director of the Provincial Alzheimer Society (of the province in which the conference is taking place, as applicable) to inform them of the conference and invite their (paid) attendance.

Eligible costs

ASRP conference support can be applied towards costs associated with planning, publication, translation and/or dissemination; travel and accommodation for conference participants; meeting accommodations (including audio-visual); hospitality (excluding alcoholic beverages); modest fees or honoraria for guest lecturers; and, student awards (e.g., travel or best poster).

Application review

Requests for support will be reviewed based on:

  1. statement of objectives and their relevance to Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias;
  2. impact (e.g., consensus guidelines, identifying/ranking research priorities, etc);
  3. opportunity for research communication and dissemination (e.g., stakeholder representation, etc);
  4. event participants (e.g., trainee participation encouraged);
  5. evidence of event’s uniqueness in the identified program of research;
  6. processes in place for organizing and running the event;
  7. knowledge exchange activities from event proceedings;
  8. whether there are other conference funders (either confirmed or in process) or whether ASC is the only source of conference support being sought; and,
  9. plans for event evaluation.

Application deadline

Applications will be received and reviewed on an annual basis. The deadline for conference support applications is by December 31, 2019. Applicants will be notified of funding by March 2020.

iAn individual who:

  • is autonomous regarding their research activities; and
  • has an academic or research appointment which:
    • must commence by the effective date of funding; and
    • allows the individual to pursue the proposed research project, to engage in independent research activities for the entire duration of the funding, to supervise trainees, and to publish the research results; and
    • obliges the individual to conform to institutional regulations concerning the conduct of research, the supervision of trainees, and the employment conditions of staff paid with CIHR funding.

Note: An individual who meets the above requirements but is also a "trainee" as defined in this glossary, is considered an "independent researcher" provided that:

  • the research proposal covers only areas of investigation for which they are an independent researcher and not areas of research in which they are a trainee; and
  • they can demonstrate in their application to CIHR that they will have sufficient time to devote to the proposed research.

In these cases, the individual must attach a description of their area of study to their application.

Last Updated: 08/01/2019