The Minister for Health, Peter Dutton announced the first stage of the Australian Government’s $200 million ‘Boosting Dementia Research Initiative’, with a call for applications for new Dementia Research Team Grants.
These grants are modelled on the NHMRC Centres of Research Excellence, with the objective of bringing together high-profile, multidisciplinary research teams to address key dementia research priorities over a period of five years. The NHMRC expect to award five Dementia Research Team Grants at a total value of $32.5 million.
Alzheimer’s Australia National President, Graeme Samuel has also welcomed today’s announcement:
"We look forward to seeing the outcomes of this call for applications and will continue to work with the NHMRC to ensure that consumers are centrally involved in the new activities, and that the research reflects their priorities and their concerns."
The NHMRC also provided further clarification on how the remaining funding will be allocated:
* A further $62.5 million will support large scale research projects
* $9 million will support the Clem Jones Centre for Ageing Dementia Research at the Queensland Brain Institute
* $46 million will be allocated for capacity building grants to attract researchers from other fields into dementia research, including $26 million from the Australian Research Council
* $50 million will be used to establish a National Institute for Dementia Research that will set priorities for dementia research, coordinate research initiatives and translate dementia research findings into practice
NHMRC CEO Professor Warwick Anderson said plans for the Institute were well underway.
“This new virtual institute will draw together Australia’s outstanding researchers in dementia research, to bring a broad, collaborative approach to the highest priority research and translation question in dementia”.
‘This will ensure the work being conducted here at home is relevant to Australia and complements that being done elsewhere around the world,’ Professor Anderson said.