As part of the Challenge on Dementia 2020, the Government made a commitment to maintain our current spend on dementia research of over £60 million a year. We have already doubled research spending from a baseline of £28.2 million in 2009/10.
Some of the £300 million investment represents continuing expenditure on existing infrastructure, projects and research training. The remainder represents anticipated expenditure arising from successful funding applications. The National Institute for Health Research and the Medical Research Council both welcome funding applications for research into any aspect of human health, including dementia. These applications are subject to peer review and judged in open competition. Research relating to dementia is also supported by the Economic and Social Research Council.