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IEA Innovation Fund

The UW Initiative to End Alzheimer’s (IEA) is pleased to announce the IEA Innovation Fund, providing project support for researchers from the Wisconsin Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center (ADRC) or Wisconsin Alzheimer’s Institute (WAI). The fund was launched in March 2023, with initial support of $100,000 that will be awarded on a rolling basis. The IEA Innovation Fund will help advance the University of Wisconsin–Madison’s Alzheimer’s disease researchers’ most promising ideas by providing an open door to funding opportunities that foster translational, innovative and inclusive advancements in Alzheimer’s disease research.

Applications will be accepted beginning March 1, 2023. Applicants will be notified of the funding decision within eight weeks of applying.

Areas of Focus

  • Pilot research funding
  • Clinical research advancements
  • Educational programming
  • Junior investigator development
  • Equipment

Fund Guidelines

  • Funds are available to support innovative ideas and projects that cannot be supported by grants
  • Applications submitted for funding will be evaluated on the significance of impact, innovation, feasibility and sustainability 
  • Applications for the IEA Innovation Fund are accepted and awarded on a rolling basis 
  • Only direct costs per project will be supported

Funding is available to all researchers within the Wisconsin ADRC and WAI.  Applications from members of underrepresented groups are encouraged.

Application Process

To apply, please provide the following materials:

Review Process

Proposals are competitive and reviewed for feasibility and scientific merit by the IEA technical review team and IEA leadership. Award decisions will be communicated to applicants within eight weeks of submission. Each awardee will be asked to provide a final report detailing their accomplishments.

If you have any questions about the fund, please contact the WAI Center Administrator, Sarah Klein.