The Alzheimer Society Research Program


On this page, learn more about the Alzheimer Society Research Program, including funding opportunities for researchers, when applications open and highlights from previous ASRP funded research.

The Alzheimer Society Research Program

What is the Alzheimer Society Research Program?

The Alzheimer Society Research Program (ASRP) is one of Canada's most innovative hubs for dementia research, helping the best and brightest minds in the field spark their work from ideas to impact.

Since the Program's start in 1989, we have invested over $67 million in grants and awards toward innovative research that brings us closer to a future without Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias.

Starting this year, the ASRP is changing the way it invests in research:

  • Encouraging researchers to explore radical new ways to advance our knowledge of dementia, and
  • Improving the quality of life for people living with dementia, their families and caregivers.
Alzheimer Society of Canada Donor Impact Report 2021 (PDF)

Read our latest donor impact report to get the full picture of what we do. You can also check out the list of our annual and impact reports. A digital version of this report is also available.

Alzheimer Society of Canada Donor Impact Report 2021 - cover

Funding for researchers

Application dates

Applications for the 2021 competition are now open! Please check out our page on how to apply for key dates, funding information, guidelines and frequently asked questions.

Before applying, learn more about the program's priorities and your opportunities for funding.

Funding priorities

Starting in 2019, the ASRP has shifted into an open competition that will focus on varying funding priorities: basic science research, clinical, health services and population health.

ASRP Areas of research funded.

Applications in other aspects of dementia research, such as cause, prevention, risk, technology, social science, and psychosocial interventions are also considered.

Are you a researcher? Apply to the 2021-2022 competition, now open!

Examples of research funded through the ASRP

Through the support of the ASRP, dementia researchers across Canada were able to work on projects like:

ASRP researcher Dr. Debra Sheets.

"An intergenerational choir that provides a voice for people with dementia and caregivers through the power of music."

Dr. Debra Sheets, University of Victoria

Read more about Dr. Sheets' research on the benefits of music and community for people living with dementia.

ASRP researcher Dr. Simon Duchesne.

"Using MRI to predict the onset of dementia — 20 to 25 years before symptoms appear."

Dr. Simon Duchesne, Université Laval

Read more about Dr. Duchesne's research on predicting dementia early.

ASRP researcher Dr. Lillian Hung.

"Adopting new and accessible technology such as iPads to emphasize person-centered care in hospitals."

Dr. Lillian Hung, Simon Fraser University

Read more on Dr. Hung's research on using technology to assist dementia care.

Supporting the Program

The Alzheimer Society Research Program is a collaborative effort. The Alzheimer Society of Canada would like to thank the following:

Our donors

None of the research funded through the ASRP could be possible without your support. If you are interested in supporting dementia research through the ASRP, please donate today.

Our partners

Our partners include the Canadian Consortium on Neurodegeneration in Aging (CCNA), the Fonds de recherche du Québec – Santé (FRQS), AGE-WELL NCE and the New Brunswick Health Research Foundation.

Find out more about our partners.

Alzheimer Societies across Canada

We also extend our thanks to the Alzheimer Societies who generously contribute to the Alzheimer Society Research Program each year:

Latest funding results

We're pleased to announce the 2021 grants and awards for the Alzheimer Society Research Program, funding Canadian researchers in the field of Alzheimer's disease and other dementias and investing in the future of dementia care in Canada.

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Research that moves us forward - 26 researchers, $3 million

The ASRP Exchange

The ASRP Exchange is a webinar series that features innovative, cutting-edge researchers funded through the Alzheimer Society Research Program. Here, you will learn how research is propelling science forward in the latest advances in neuroscience, therapies and programs for dementia.

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Meet our researchers

Recipients of the Alzheimer Society Research Program (ASRP) and other dementia researchers tell us about their projects, their inspirations and how their work can help people living with dementia and caregivers in Canada.

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ASRP-funded researcher Dr. Debra Sheets.

Information for researchers

Are you a researcher currently funded by the Alzheimer Society Research Program, or interested in applying? Get all the information and resources you need in this section.

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ASRP researcher Étienne Hébert-Chatelaine

How ASRP funding gets determined

In 2020, the Alzheimer Society Research Program received over 200 applications. Understand the process that determines which research projects among the final applicants receive funding.

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ASRP peer review panel 2019.