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Alzheimer's Disease Program Research Grants

New!  December 2018 - California Department of Public Health Alzheimer's Disease Program releases Alzheimer's Disease Research Awards Request for Application #18-10612

The purpose of the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) Alzheimer's Disease Research Awards Request for Application (RFA) (PDF, 1.2 MB) is to solicit competitive applications from eligible organizations to conduct research in connection to the study of Alzheimer's disease and related dementias. The amount available for the Alzheimer's Disease Program Grant Awards under this RFA is approximately $3,115,000, a year, beginning July 1, 2019 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, 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, 1.29 MB) and the Frequently Asked Questions (PDF, 115 KB). 

Please note: If you would like to use the RFA fillable form to submit your application, please email us at AlzheimersD@cdph.ca.gov and we will send you the document in that format.

Projected Timeline (subject to change):

Projected DateDescription
December 21, 2018

Request for Application posted on Azheimer's Disease Program's web page: CDPH website Alzheimer's Disease Program Research Grants

January 4, 2019

Last day to submit questions for Informational Teleconferences

Send questions to: AlzheimersD@cdph.ca.gov

January 11, 2019

Informational Teleconferences

10 AM to 12 noon Pacific Standard Time

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

Access Code: 2763277

Conference begins promptly at 10 AM

January 18, 2019

Letter of Intent Due by 5:00 PM Pacific Standard Time

Send to: AlzheimersD@cdph.ca.gov. Please include research topic area in Letter of Intent

February 8, 2019

Applications Due by 5:00 PM Pacific Standard Time

Send in PDF file format to: AlzheimersD@cdph.ca.gov

February - March 2019

Review and Scoring Process

March 16, 2019

Notice of Intent to Award posted on ADP web page; Applicants notified by e-mail

July 1, 2019

Proposed Grant Effective Date

Alzheimer's Disease Program Research Grants - Background

Since 1985, CDPH Alzheimer's Disease Program has awarded $24 million to 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.  In 1987, subsequent legislation created a tax "check-off" program, allowing taxpayers to designate a specified amount on their State tax returns (in excess of their tax liability), which are then transferred to the Alzheimer's Disease and Related Disorders Research Fund.  In accordance with this legislation, the Secretary of the Health and Human Services Agency assigned administration of this tax "check-off" program to the Department of Health Services. For more information on the Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders Research Fund (Tax-Check Off), please visit the Franchise Tax Board Vountary Contribution Funds webpage.

The CDPH Alzheimer's Disease Program has awarded 134 research projects since inception, which have contributed significantly to our understanding of the disease and its impact on patients and their caregivers.

In 2016, CDPH awarded the following research projects. These are listed by category and institution:

BIOMARKERS AND EARLY DETECTION:

University of California, Los Angeles        

"Plasma Neuronal Pentraxins as Markers of Synaptic Dysfunction in Alzheimer's Disease"

University of California, Los Angeles

"Diagnostic and Prognostic Test for Alzheimer's Disease"

University of California, Davis

"Lipopolysaccharide and Bacterial Molecules in Alzheimer's Disease Brains"

CAREGIVING:

University of Southern California, in consortium with Family Caregiver Alliance

"Pilot Test and Evaluation of Online Multi-Component Support Program for Caregivers of Adults with Alzheimer's Disease and Related Dementias"

University of California, San Francisco

"Elucidating the Effects of Alzheimer's Caregiving Using the Brain Health Registry"

EPIDEMIOLOGY:

University of California, San Francisco

"Late Life-Span Use of Alcohol:  Prospective Effects on Dementia Risk and Cognitive Functioning"

HEALTH DISPARITIES:

University of California, San Diego

"Cognitive Decline in Hispanic versus non-Hispanic Alzheimer Caregivers"

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