The Department's expenditure on dementia research through the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) and the Department's Policy Research Programme was £18.6 million in 2010-11 and £25.1 million in 2011-12.
In March 2012, the Prime Minister announced as part of the coalition Government's challenge on dementia that the combined value of the NIHR, Medical Research Council and the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) funding for research into dementia will increase from £26.6 million in 2009-10 to an estimated £66.3 million in 2014-15. Three champion groups have been convened to bring together the leading organisations and groups with an interest in dementia to support the delivery of the challenge.
Three meetings of the Better Research Champion Group will be held between June and December 2012 and the frequency of meetings will be reviewed thereafter. The first meeting was held on
Four new NIHR biomedical research units in dementia are being funded from April 2012:
|NHS organisation||University partner|
|Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust||University of Cambridge|
|Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust||Newcastle University|
|South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust||King's College London Institute of Psychiatry|
|University College London Hospitals||University College London|
These research units and NIHR biomedical research centres which include dementia themed research will share their considerable resources and world leading expertise to improve treatment and care.
The NIHR has completed a £17 million call for applied health research on dementia, as part of the programme of work to push further and faster progress in the prevention, treatment and cure of dementia. A full list of successful research bids will be announced soon.
The ESRC and NIHR will be working together to support an initiative with up to £13 million funding available for social science research on dementia. The call for proposals will open in the week commencing