Funds available through MADC’s 2020 Pilot Project Program Competition

January 14, 2020  //  FOUND IN: Updates & Resources

The Michigan Alzheimer’s Disease Center (MADC) has announced the availability of “kick starter” research pilot project funds ($35,000 in direct costs) to investigators at U-M, Michigan State University, Wayne State University and Veteran Affairs Ann Arbor Health System, to test new ideas about the causes and treatment of dementing disorders. 

The MADC invites members of the scientific community from these partner institutions to submit applications for pilot project funding. The application deadline is 5 p.m. on Jan. 31.

The MADC is committed to funding at least two pilot projects.

To help understand and cure Alzheimer’s disease (AD) and related dementias, the MADC considers it among its highest priorities to support innovative, high-impact research. The MADC Pilot Project Program is partially supported by the NIH-funded Alzheimer’s Disease Center (ADC) linking U-M, Michigan State University and Wayne State University. The ADC’s central theme focuses on identifying, understanding and modulating the numerous non-?-amyloid factors that contribute to brain dysfunction and neurodegeneration.

The proposed research must be relevant to Alzheimer’s disease and/or non-?-amyloid related dementias. Pilot projects should emphasize one or more of the following:

  • Center’s thematic focus on non-?-amyloid factors contributing to neuronal dysfunction and degeneration in dementia
  • Leveraging of resources available at the MADC and its Cores, and/or co-enrollment of participants in the MADC’s longitudinal cohort
  • Utilization of databases available at the MADC, the Michigan Brain Bank via the MADC Neuropathology Core, the National Alzheimer’s Coordinating Center (NACC), or the Alzheimer’s Diseases Neuroimaging Initiative (ADNI)
  • Novel methods of detecting/treating cognitive changes
  • Emphasis on studying cognition and unique challenges to diagnosing and treating age-related dementia in underrepresented minorities
  • Focus on aging, frailty and cognitive changes due to aging in older adults

Applicants will be notified of the funding decision by the end of April, with funding available by July 1.

To submit an application, please visit the Medical School Office of Research Competition Space portal.

For questions, contact Arijit Bhaumik at 734-936-8281, or Nancy Laracey at 734-936-8764,