Alzheimer's Research UK is offering a series of grants for small innovative research projects and pilot studies. Head of research, Simon Ridley, told Adam Smith about the aims of the scheme and what the application process involves.
Can you tell us more about this scheme?
The spirit of the pilot grant is that it’s enabled people to get not massive amounts of money but enough to get a proof of concept. Maybe to try something a bit risky or to test a hypothesis to get a definitive answer—often it’s a no. One of our measures of success is whether it leads to further, more substantial funding from ARUK or elsewhere. We try to be fairly flexible about it. Our seeding’s been £30,000 for some time, but we’re allowing some leeway. We will take into account more experimental processes, animals and imaging, which can be fairly pricey.