Alzheimer’s Research Grant

Our memories make us who we are. But sadly, an estimated 44 million people worldwide are losing theirs each day. Could a new discovery within infectious diseases lead to finding the cause of, and cure for, Alzheimer’s??

We are determined to find out!

The IDSA Foundation will award up to two $50,000 grants to innovative researchers who will work to investigate the potential link between an infectious agent and Alzheimer’s Disease. Awardees will be announced in 2019.

The grant application is now closed. 

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What are the eligibility requirements to be considered for this grant?

  • Both members of the Infectious Diseases Society of America and non-members are encouraged to apply. This includes established investigators, academic and health professionals in all disciplines and health-related professions.
  • PhD and MDs welcome to apply.
  • Interdisciplinary research is encouraged, including collaborations between experts in Alzheimer’s research and infectious diseases.
  • Clinical and basic scientists are encouraged to apply.
  • Limited to U.S. or Canadian Institutions. Non-U.S. citizens with faculty appointments at U.S. or Canadian Institutions are welcome to apply.

Are there any restrictions?

Projects that concentrate on indirect nonspecific phenomena such as inflammation or protein plaques and tangles will not be considered. This is a one-time grant award to obtain preliminary data to facilitate development of a research proposal for submission to the NIH or other foundations or institutions for further funding.

Grant awards should not duplicate currently funded work.

What are the specifications for submitting the research proposal?

Multiple investigators working on the project at the time of application are allowed but there may only be one PI. Submission of a research proposal is required. The narrative of the grant should be a maximum of four (4) pages and the proposal should include the following:

  • Abstract (250 words maximum)
  • Introduction and Background
  • Specific Objectives
  • Procedures and Methods
  • Benefits or Significance of the Research
  • All illustrations, tables, and figures

In addition, the application should include:

  • A list of citations (no more than 25) that support the research proposal must be included with the proposal (not included in page limit).
  • One-page letter of support from the institution leadership verifying institutional support and resources for proposed research.
  • Letter from Institution verifying faculty appointment, and eligibility of PI to apply for external funding.
  • PI’s biosketch (using NIH biosketch format).
  • Conflict of Interest (COI) disclosure(s).
  • Budget and justification not to exceed 2 pages.

What format can the application be submitted?

Application should be submitted as an Adobe PDF document along with a budget page in Excel format. Budget and justification should not exceed 2 pages.

Additional notes regarding proposal submission formats:

  • Save all documents with descriptive filenames of 50 characters or less (including spaces).
  • Use one space (not two or more) between words or characters and do not begin the filename with a space or include a space immediately before the .PDF extension.
  • Avoid the use of ampersand (&) since it requires special formatting (i.e., &amp).

How should figures/tables be formatted?

A smaller type is acceptable, but it must be in black ink, readily legible. Footnotes or end-notes are to be numbered consecutively. All illustrations, tables, and images must be included in the proposal.

What paper size, font, and layout are acceptable?

  • Paper size, page layout, and font size refer to the format of the NIH Grant (
    • Paper size:
      • Use standard letter paper (8½ X 11”)
    • Page layout:
      • Minimum margins are one-half inch on top, bottom, left, and right for all pages.
      • Use a single column format like this document.
    • Fonts:
      • The following fonts are recommended at a size of 11 points or larger: Arial, Georgia, Helvetica, Palatino Linotype.


What languages can the application be submitted?

All applications must be submitted in standard American English. All terms must be spelled out the first time the term is used and note the appropriate abbreviation in parentheses. The abbreviation may be used thereafter.

What can and cannot be included in the proposed project budget?

Total funding requests are $50,000 USD each for one year (12 months). A detailed and justified budget proportionate to the scope of the project must be included with the application.

To gauge if the proposed budget corresponds to the project proposal and the costs are reasonable, specific line items are to be listed on the budget. Allowable categories for expenditures include personnel (salary and fringe benefits), supplies, services (e.g., data analysis, genomic/microbiome sequencing costs, statistical support among others), animal care.

Equipment costs and travel costs are not allowed. No indirect costs are provided to the Institution to which grants are awarded. Total salary support for PI should not exceed $15,000 (this includes fringe cost).

For additional guidance, we have created a budget template for you to use in your submission.

What is the review process?

Only complete applications received by the deadline will be reviewed. The IDSA Foundation strongly encourages applications by women, people of color, under-represented populations and those who have experienced varied and non-traditional career trajectories.

The review process is as follows:

  • Staff will review the application for completeness and compliance with grant proposal guidelines detailed above.
  • Application materials will be distributed to reviewers for preliminary scoring.
  • The Research Review Panel will meet to discuss applications and make recommendations to the IDSA Foundation.
  • Final approval for funding will be made by the Board of the Foundation.
  • Applicants will be notified in writing of acceptance or rejection of the grant proposal.
  • The PI will sign a written agreement outlining the terms of the award. The start and end date of the twelve-month period will be included in the written agreement.

Are there any post-award requirements?

Yes. Any substantive changes to the original research plan or budget must be discussed with the IDSA Foundation and submitted in writing.

  • Written Reports
    • Awardees will be required to provide the IDSA Foundation a summary of significant findings and a financial accounting of grant expenditures within 2 months of the end of the award.
    • Awardees are strongly encouraged to submit poster/presentation at IDWeek
  • Publication
    • Publication of research is strongly encouraged.
    • All publications resulting from research using IDSA Foundation resources are required to cite IDSA Foundation as contributing the source of support. When publishing articles related to this research, the following language should be used in its entirety:
      • This publication was made possible by support from the IDSA Foundation. Its contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official view of the IDSA Foundation.