More than 450,000 Australians are living with dementia and it is Australia's second leading cause of death. A long term approach to the diagnosis and treatment of dementia is essential for Australia's social and economic wellbeing.

Latest news

  • Recent NHMRC dementia-specific funding opportunities 
    • The 2021 Investigator Grants grant opportunity includes an additional $9 million to support the research of outstanding investigators in the field of dementia research at the Emerging Leadership level.
    • The 2020 Centres of Research Excellence (CRE) grant opportunity includes an allocation of up to $9 million for three CREs in Dementia Research valued at $3 million each over five years. At least one of the dementia CREs is expected to have a specific Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health focus.
  • NHMRC is proud to support the 2021 Australian Dementia Forum (ADF 2021), which is being organised by Dementia Australia in partnership with the Australian Dementia Network (ADNeT). ADF 2021 will be delivered as a fully Virtual Conference on 31 May 2021 - 1 June 2021. More information can be found on the ADF2021 website
  • The NHMRC National Institute for Dementia Research (NNIDR) closed on 30 June 2020 after a successful five years supporting the Australian dementia research sector and assisting with the delivery of the Australian Government’s Boosting Dementia Research Initiative (BDRI). NNIDR was delivered in partnership with Dementia Australia and we thank and acknowledge the effort and commitment of Dementia Australia, NNIDR staff, dementia researchers, consumers, carers, clinicians and those living with dementia for their engagement and contributions to dementia research. More information on NNIDR activities, outputs and resources is available here.
  • NHMRC remains committed to supporting dementia research. Information on current NHMRC funding opportunities is available here

Funding facts 

Since 2014, NHMRC has awarded over $438 million in direct funding to 406 dementia research projects. This includes funding through the Boosting Dementia Research Initiative (BDRI) (2014-2019) (last updated: 7 April 2021). This includes:

  • 156 grants to 374 Australian researchers across 28 research institutions, totalling $186 million1 funded through the Boosting Dementia Research Initiative (BDRI) (2014-2019); and 
  • an additional $252 million funded through other NHMRC funding schemes.

1 *Number and value of grants is as announcement and may include some grants that were relinquished or not taken up

A table containing all dementia research funded through NHMRC funding schemes since 2014 (last updated: 7 April 2021) is available here.


Strategic Roadmap for Dementia Research and Translation 

The Strategic Roadmap for Dementia Research and Translation outlines current and emerging priorities for dementia research in Australia.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Roadmap for Dementia Research and Translation 

The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Roadmap for Dementia Research and Translation provides a framework for policy, strategy and funding to address the challenge of dementia within Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities - for people currently living with dementia, their families and carers.

Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) Dementia Research Action Plan

The Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) Dementia Research Action Plan includes research priorities and guiding principles identified to increase inclusion of CALD Australians in dementia research, and improve dementia health and care equity for all Australians. The Action Plan was developed by the NNIDR and the National Ageing Research Institute (NARI).

NHMRC is pleased to announce that the NARI will take the lead role in promoting the uptake and integration of principles and priorities contained within the Action Plan into dementia research.

The Action Plan has been translated into a range of languages (Arabic, Chinese (simplified), Chinese (traditional), Greek, Italian and Vietnamese) which are available from the download section of this page or from the NARI website.

Dementia research outcomes

NHMRC is committed to evaluating the significant $200 million BDRI investment to better understand the impact of dementia research funding and to identify areas of need for future investment in this area.

The Boosting Dementia Research Initiative 2014-2019 Report details key outcomes and success stories from the BDRI investment.

Consumer involvement in dementia research

NHMRC understands and values the importance of meaningful engagement with consumers throughout all stages of research and health care. NHMRC encourages the active involvement of people living with dementia, their carers and families, and the wider community in dementia research. More information on NHMRC consumer and community engagement can be found here