Alzheimer's Disease Research Awards
Since 1985, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) Alzheimer's Disease Program (ADP) has awarded over $19.7 million to scientists engaged in the study of Alzheimer's disease and related disorders. These Alzheimer's Disease Research Awards (ADRA) have encompassed the areas of basic science, diagnosis, treatment, epidemiology, behavioral management, and caregiving. They have been supported by both the State General Fund (GF) and by the Alzheimer's Disease and Related Disorders Research Fund (ADRDF).
ADRDRF was created in 1987 through legislation which authorized a tax check-off option permitting Californians to make contributions to the fund through their State Income Tax Return. In accordance with the enabling legislation, the Secretary of the Health and Human Services Agency (then the Health and Welfare Agency) gave the responsibility of administering the fund to the California Department of Public Health (then the Department of Health Services). Since 1988, when funds were first collected, contributions from taxpayers for Alzheimer's disease related research have totaled over $10.6 million. Voluntary contributions in any amount can be made to the fund through the tax return.
The 112 research projects which have been funded since the inception of the ADP have contributed significantly to our understanding of the disease and the impact of the disease on patients and their caregivers. From 1989 to 2009, ADRA were supported by both the GF and ADRDRF. In 2009, the California Legislature reduced ADP funding by 50 percent and directed the program to discontinue all research activities supported by the GF. This mandate from the Legislature eliminated all GF support for ADRA, leaving the awards solely dependent on donations from California taxpayers through their income tax returns. The funding available for the 2012 - 2015 grant cycle has therefore been reduced by more than one-half, resulting in fewer research grants being funded.
California public or private not-for-profit organizations are eligible to apply. Applicants must be California-based and all relevant project activities must take place in California. For information on the 2012 - 2015 Request for Applications, please contact the Alzheimer's Disease Program office at 916-552-8995 or AlzheimersD@cdph.ca.gov.