Developmental Projects

The Wisconsin Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center (ADRC) supports feasibility studies targeting Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias (ADRD) research through its Developmental Project Awards. Proposals may range from basic or biomedical to translational, epidemiological, caregiving, or social behavioral research. Clinical trials are excluded.

Funding is available to all researchers within the University of Wisconsin, with priority given to junior researchers and postdoctoral trainees. Established researchers new to ADRD research and those with a new hypothesis that is not an extension of already ongoing research are also welcome to apply. Applications from underrepresented groups are encouraged.

Developmental projects should align with the aims of the National Alzheimer’s Project Act. Priority will be given to investigators who leverage the use of Wisconsin ADRC or National Alzheimer’s Coordinating Center (NACC) data or biological samples from the National Centralized Repository for Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias (NCRAD) as part of their research plan.

The Wisconsin ADRC supports up to three awards of up to $75,000 annually in direct costs per project with a duration of one to two years. No indirect costs will be supported.

The next call for proposals is expected in fall 2022.

Funded Awardees and Projects


Laura Eisenmenger, MD
"Eliciting the Role of Vascular Wall Dysfunction in Alzheimer’s"

Kevin Eliceiri, PhD and Tyler Ulland, PhD
"Label free quantitative imaging of the amyloid plaque cellular microenvironment in Alzheimer’s"

Adrienne L. Johnson, PhD
"ADRD Prevention Messaging to Increase Smoking Cessation Attempts in Older Adults"

Read more about the 2021-2023 Developmental Projects.


Kimberly D. Mueller, PhD
"Connected Speech and Alzheimer's Disease Biomarkers: Investigating an Ecologically Valid Measure of Language and Cognition"

Joshua J. Cook, PhD
"Learning Cures for Alzheimer's Disease with Multiomics and Artificial Intelligence"