Who we are

The Dementia Australia Research Foundation funds Australia’s talented new and early career dementia researchers.

The Dementia Australia Research Foundation is the research arm of Dementia Australia.

Previously known as the Alzheimer's Australia Dementia Research Foundation, in 2017 we officially announced our new name - the Dementia Australia Research Foundation.

We believe science holds the key to defeating dementia, so the research we fund is focused on the causes, care, prevention and potential treatments for dementia.


  • To support innovative Australian research that offers the best hope of defeating dementia.
  • To work with people with dementia to ensure that research reflects their concerns.
  • To disseminate information about the progress of dementia research

Why we invest in research

Dementia is the second leading cause of death in Australia and investment in research will help minimise its impact in the future.

Dementia touches more than 700,000 Australians. There are 425,416 Australians living with the condition and a further 291,163 caring for someone with dementia.

Scientists are working hard to delay, prevent and ultimately find a cure for dementia. The major barriers to the development of new interventions and treatments in Australia are the lack of research capacity, funding and infrastructure.

To give our best and brightest scientists a fighting chance against dementia, we need to maintain a level of funding that allows them to carry out their work. To achieve this, we need your help!

How we do it

All funding for the Dementia Australia Research Foundation is donated by members of the public and by private and philanthropic organisations. Currently 85% of all funding received goes directly to the Dementia Grants Program, with the remainder used for the communication of research and for managing the grants program.

The Dementia Australia Research Foundation administers the Hazel Hawke Alzheimer’s Research and Care Fund, which supports research into the best care practices for people with dementia.

The annual Dementia Grants Program provides competitive research funding worth more than $2.5 million over three years in 2013. It includes research project grants, travel grants, postgraduate and postdoctoral fellowships. The recipients of research grant funding are integral to the future of dementia research in Australia.

Please explore our site to find out who our researchers are, and some of our success stories.