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Alzheimer's Disease Program Research Grants

Research Grants Awarded in 2020

New!  Alzheimer's Disease Award Announcement (PDF): Request for Application #19-10538 Alzheimer's Disease Program

December 4, 2019 - The California Department of Public Health Chronic Disease Control Branch's Alzheimer's Disease Program is pleased to announce the intent to award eight (8) research grants, ranging from one (1) year to three (3) years, totaling $7,665,000. For more information, please see the list of Alzheimer's Disease Award (PDF) recipeints and the research categories.

September 11, 2019 through October 17, 2019

The purpose of the California Department of Public Health's (CDPH)  Alzheimer's Disease Research Awards Request for Application (RFA) (PDF) is to solicit competitive applications from September 11 through October 17, 2019 from eligible California organizations to conduct research in connection to the study of Alzheimer's disease and related dementias with a focus on women and communities of color.

Two categories of funding are available: Individual Investigator Awards and Consortium Research Awards. The maximum grant amount request, per fiscal year, including indirect costs, may not exceed:

  • Individual Investigator Awards - $400,000 (per project)
  • Consortium Awards - $600,000 (per project, not per institution)

The total amount available for the Alzheimer's Disease Program Grant Awards under this RFA is approximately $2,355,000 in year one, $2,655,000 in year two, and $2,655,000 in year three beginning April 1, 2020 through June 30, 2022. Funding is derived from the California State General Fund. The amount of the grant award is contingent upon appropriations by the California State Legislature and available State Funds. Carryover of these funds is not allowed.

CDPH's goal is that these projects lead to an advancement of knowledge regarding Alzheimer's disease and related dementias, with a focus on women and communities of color, either in the academic or research field and to clinical implementation, including new treatment methodologies, or new detection and diagnosis innovations. CDPH would like to improve the capacity of the public health, health care delivery and long-term care services and support systems in California for persons with Alzheimer's disease and related dementias. Additionally, a better understanding of underrepresented or disparate populations will assist in framing public health and long-term care services and support systems at the community level.

For more information on the RFA and how to submit an application, please view the Alzheimer's Disease Research Awards Request for Application (PDF) and the Frequently Asked Questions (PDF), and Addendum #1 to the Frequently Asked Questions (PDF). The September 30, 2019 Informational Teleconference was audio recorded and a copy of the recording will be made available upon request via through October 17, 2019.

Projected Timeline (subject to change):

Projected DateDescription
September 11, 2019Request for Application posted on Alzheimer's Disease Program's web page: CDPH website Alzheimer's Disease Program Research Grants
September 20, 2019

Last day to submit questions for Informational Teleconferences

Send questions to:

September 30, 2019

Informational Teleconference

10 AM to 12 noon Pacific Standard Time

Call-in Number: 1-877-810-9415

Access Code: 2763277

Conference begins promptly at 10 AM

Post Teleconference resources:

October 4, 2019

Letter of Intent (Mandatory) 

Due by 5:00 PM Pacific Standard Time

Send to: Please include research topic area in Letter of Intent

October 17, 2019

Applications Due by 5:00 PM Pacific Standard Time

Send in PDF file format to:

October - December


Review and Scoring Process
December 4, 2019Notice of Intent to Award posted on ADP web page; Applicants notified by e-mail
April 1, 2020Proposed Grant Effective Date


Alzheimer's Disease Program Research Grants - Background

Since 1985, CDPH Alzheimer's Disease Program has funded scientists engaged in the study of Alzheimer's disease and related disorders. This research encompasses areas of basic science, diagnosis, treatment, epidemiology, health disparities, behavioral management, drug therapies and caregiving.   

In 1984, California enacted legislation requiring the Department of Health Services (now CDPH) to administer a research grant program to help discover the cause, and the cure for, Alzheimer's disease. The CDPH Alzheimer's Disease Program has awarded 145 research projects since inception, which have contributed significantly to our understanding of the disease and its impact on patients and their caregivers.


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