Dementia grants to support next generation of researchers

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The Dementia Australia Research Foundation has announced a range of new and expanded grants.

Applications for the Dementia Australia Research Foundation 2023 Grants Program are now open, including a new grant from the Bartle Pathway to Care initiative, as well as an extended five-year Race Against Dementia - Dementia Australia Research Foundation Post-doctoral Fellowship. 

The Dr Stuart and Bonnie Bartle Project Grant and a new Research Translation Grant in Dementia Care have been created to fund research projects that strive to enhance equal, compassionate and supportive care for people with dementia and their families.

Dr Anita Goh was awarded the inaugural Dr Stuart and Bonnie Bartle Mid-Career Research Fellowship in 2022, for a project aiming to improve the way research evidence is translated into clinical practice.

“It takes around 17 years for research evidence to influence clinical practice,” said Dr Goh.

“In other words, researchers have found and tested things that work to improve outcomes - but they are not well known or are not being commonly used in the real world.

“This grant will allow me to explore what it takes for organisations and people to want to, and then actually change the way they provide care and what needs to be in place for this to happen.”

Emma Martin and Anthea Mader, nieces of Dr Stuart and Bonnie Bartle, said the grants are a way to honour their life and legacy.

“Through the Bartle Estate and the establishment of the Bartle Pathway to Care, we will encourage innovation and change in the care available to people living with dementia and their families,” they said.

The Race Against Dementia – Dementia Australia Research Foundation Post-doctoral Fellowship, which previously provided research funding for three years, has been extended and will now provide the successful applicant with $695,000 in funding over five years.

Established in 2020 by racing legend and Dementia Australia Patron Sir Jackie Stewart OBE’s Race Against Dementia charity and the Dementia Australia Research Foundation, the Fellowship supports early career researchers in dementia prevention or treatment.

Sir Jackie said the Fellowship demonstrated a commitment to driving dementia research forward.

“The race is on – we must beat this terrible disease before even more people and their families have to face dementia. This is the greatest challenge of my life,” said Sir Jackie.

Chair of the Dementia Australia Research Foundation, Professor Graeme Samuel AC, encouraged researchers to consider applying for one of the range of grants available.

“By supporting up-and-coming researchers, we will be able to target the brightest new minds whilst at a critical crossroads for choosing a research path,” said Professor Samuel.

“This means that we are not only supporting them to solve another piece of the dementia puzzle now, but hopefully cementing their career-long focus on dementia research.”

Applications for the Dementia Australia Research Foundation 2023 Grant Program close on 21 August 2023.