Pilot and seed funding for research are keys to bringing new investigators into the field as well as assisting established scientists in changing the direction of their research or to bring their experience into other arenas. The Layton Center is pleased that it can offer several pilot grant programs for new investigators or more experienced investigators who have novel ideas that may advance Alzheimer's research. There are three distinct opportunities:
Oregon Alzheimer Disease Center (OADC)
Goal: The pilot project program of the NIH-funded Oregon Alzheimer Disease Center promotes basic and clinical biomedical, translational, epidemiological, caregiving, educational and behavioral research on Alzheimer disease (AD), other dementias, and normal brain aging. The funding provides modest support to allow an investigator to develop preliminary data sufficient to provide the basis for an application for independent research support.
Investigators: Applicants may be either postdoctoral or junior faculty investigators with an interest in research in AD or more senior investigators who have experience in areas other than AD research, and who want to work in the AD research field or who want to try a new hypothesis, method, or approach.
OADC resources: Although not required to be used, investigators may, with IRB approval, have access to patients and control subjects with clinical, genetic and neuropathological information; specimens such as DNA, frozen and fixed brain tissue, CSF, and cell lines. Standardized clinical and neuropathological research data collected from all NIH ADCs is available from the NIH-funded National Alzheimer’s Coordinating Center (http://www.alz.washington.edu). Collaborative consultation is available.
Oregon Tax Checkoff Grants for Alzheimer's Research
These funds have been made available by Oregonians through the Oregon Income Tax Charitable Check-off Program. Created by the Oregon legislature, this program has had tremendous benefit to Oregon communities.
Grants are awarded annually to clinical, basic, or social scientists for support of research that will advance the understanding, treatment or prevention of Alzheimer's disease. Appropriate fields include the neurosciences, genetics, nursing, social work, epidemiology, sociology, psychology, psychiatry, public health, economics, counseling, delivery of health care services, and others relevant to Alzheimer's research or practice.