1. About the scheme

1.1 Description

The Australian Government announced as part of the 2014 Budget an additional $200 million over five years to boost Australia’s dementia research capacity.

The purpose of the Boosting Dementia Research Leadership Fellowships Scheme is to expand leadership in dementia research, by supporting mid-career researchers to transition to leadership positions.

Successful Fellows will be required to participate in activities of the NHMRC National Institute for Dementia Research (NNIDR), which provides a platform for strategically expanding dementia research in Australia, ensures better integration with international research and forms a focus for rapid translation of evidence into policy and practice.

1.2 Objectives

The specific objectives of the initiative are to:

  • expand capacity for dementia research and for evidence-based policy development in Australian health systems
  • enable investigators to establish and support themselves as independent, self-directed researchers
  • encourage the translation of research outcomes into practice
  • bridge the gap between research and industry
  • provide a means for Australian researchers working overseas to return to Australia to continue their career development.

Subject to the receipt of competitive applications, applications in each of the following five areas under the dementia priority framework will be funded:

  • Prevention
  • Assessment and diagnosis
  • Intervention and treatment
  • Living with dementia
  • Care.

Applicants nominate the area that best fits their research proposal, although the NHMRC appreciates that there is often overlap.

The NHMRC also encourages applicants to consider research areas in their application which strengthen dementia research leadership in Australia in the following areas:

  • Health economics
  • Health policy
  • Implementation science
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health research
  • Clinical, Nursing and Allied Health research.

1.3 Who should apply?

Boosting Dementia Research Leadership Fellowships are open to researchers who have a sustained track record of significant, peer-reviewed, quality research outputs as judged relative to opportunity.

Applicants are expected to demonstrate that they are:

  • developing international competitiveness
  • developing a capacity for original independent research
  • developing research leadership skills
  • establishing themselves as independent, self-directed health and medical researchers in a research program or as part of a research team.