The Scottish Dementia Research Consortium is delighted to announce the launch of a new funding programme to support early career researchers within Scotland.

The £100,000 fund, which is supported by Brain Health Scotland, is specifically aimed at helping early career researchers (ECR’s) whose work has been directly affected by the COVID-19 Pandemic and subsequent lockdown.

It comes in response to the COVID-19 Impact Survey and forms part of the SDRC Early Career Researcher Resource Programme. This long-term project is being designed by the SDRC Executive team and will provide comprehensive training and resources to ECR’s over several years.

This resource funding has been paused, however, we will continue to accept applications in progress. Please stay tuned to the SDRC website for future funding calls.

Dr Sophie Bradley, SDRC Executive Committee member from the University of Glasgow who jointly leads the ECR programme within the SDRC alongside fellow Executive Committee member Dr Louise Ritchie from the University of the West of Scotland said: “this funding will provide much needed financial support for ECRs that have been impacted by the current crisis”.

Prof Craig Ritchie, Chair of the SDRC Executive and Director of Brain Health Scotland said: “We are delighted to provide this support for young researchers, whose careers have been disrupted by COVID-19. Their work and success are fundamental to the long-term sustainability of Scotland’s world-leading dementia and brain health research. We hope this new package of support will provide crucial stability in a time of such uncertainty.”

Find out more about the SDRC Early Career Research Resource Suite

Dr Louise Ritchie said, “this is the first step towards the development of a support plan which will provide exceptional support for ECRs working in the dementia field in Scotland”.



Brain Health Scotland was established with Alzheimer Scotland in collaboration with Scottish Government in April 2020. Through helping people to improve their Brain Health in Scotland across the life course and in all parts of our society, it seeks to reduce the incidence of dementia year on year. It works across research, health informatics and clinical and public health domains.