DESK REVIEWS | 10.04. Are there any other sources of funding for dementia research (even if these are from other countries)?

DESK REVIEW | 10.04. Are there any other sources of funding for dementia research (even if these are from other countries)?

Partially. After looking at Brazilian research funding agencies (CAPES, CNPQ, FAPESP, FAPERJ, FAPMIG, FACEP, etc.), it was not possible to find specific funding for dementia research. Nevertheless, these agencies provide funding for students and researchers applying for scholarships at different graduate levels (e.g., master’s and PhD’s) where research in dementia may be developed. In terms of international funding, there are some, but usually through partnership of Brazilian researchers with researcher from countries where the funding comes from.

Some dementia research undertaken in Indonesia is funded from other countries:

– STRiDE-Dementia (funded by the UKRI GCRF) (Biro Kerjasama dan Komunikasi Publik Kemenristek/BRIN, 2019)

– Surveymeter’s research on cognitive impairment prevalence in Yogyakarta and Bali (funded by the Knowledge Sector Initiative) (Prakarsa, n.d.)

– Research on benefit of tempeh (fermented soybean) on cognitive function (Funded by Newton Fund) (Jauhary & Wardyah, 2019; Lembaga Penelitian dan Pengabdian Kepada Masyarakat, 2018).

There is also funding for research related to older people (not specifically dementia):

– Prakarsa, a Jakarta-based NGO think tank performs research, analysis and capacity building on a wide range of topics related to welfare issues including in older people and receive funding from various donors listed on their website (including Oxfam NOVIB, The Ford Foundation, The Asia Foundation, Australian National University, Hivos, University of Illinois at Chicago, Institute of Development Studies – University of Sussex, etc). However, there are no details on which donor provides funding for which programme (Jauhary & Wardyah, 2019; Lembaga Penelitian dan Pengabdian Kepada Masyarakat, 2018).

Many research projects run by academics in Indonesia are supported by internal funding of each of the universities (Jauhary & Wardyah, 2019; Lembaga Penelitian dan Pengabdian Kepada Masyarakat, 2018).

References:

Biro Kerjasama dan Komunikasi Publik Kemenristek/BRIN. (2019). Newton Prize 2019: Kolaborasi Peneliti Indonesia-Inggris untuk Mempersiapkan Komunitas Pesisir Menghadapi Dampak Perubahan Iklim, Menangkan Kategori Newton Country Prize 2019.

Jauhary, A., & Wardyah, N. S. (2019). Untuk penelitian dosen Unhas gelontorkan dana Rp70 miliar.

Lembaga Penelitian dan Pengabdian Kepada Masyarakat. (2018). Laporan Tahunan LPPM Unika Atma Jaya 2017.

Prakarsa. (n.d.). The Prakarsa – NGO Think Tank Based In Jakarta, Indonesia. http://theprakarsa.org/donor-mitra-kerja/

At national level, there are calls from the National Council for Science and Technology (CONACYT) aimed at health issues, if the priority is mental health or aging. In addition, several National Institutes of Health have international agreements, for example the institute of neurology has partnerships with Wellcome Trust, European Research Council, Medical Research Council (UK), Alzheimer’s Association, and FEDMA. The National Institute of Public Health (INSP) and the National Institute of Geriatrics (INGer) have collaborated with the Mexican Health and Aging Study (MHAS).

At least three National Institutes of Health include in their Research and/or Clinical Departments researchers that have dementia as one of their main lines of research (National Institute of Geriatrics, National Institute of Neurology and Neurosciences and the National Institute of Nutrition and Medical Sciences). For example, Sara Torres Castro, researcher at the National Institute of Geriatrics has received a grant from the British Academy/Newton Fund to develop the ‘PROCUIDA-Dementia’ study; a feasibility study investigating an optimised person-centred intervention to reduce antipsychotic medication and improve the quality of life of older people living in care homes (ISRCTN 16463016); the National Institute of Neurology and Neurosciences has been part of the 10/66 dementia project since its onset and is currently collaborating in the FINGERS project. The Institutes, in collaboration with the National Academy of Medicine and different universities have collaborated in publishing three books[1], one position statement together with the National Academy of Medicine, one with the Autonomous University of San Luis Potosí (UASLP) and one with the Alzheimer’s Iberoamerica association.

[1] La Enfermedad de Alzheimer y otras demencias como problema nacional de salud (https://www.anmm.org.mx/publicaciones/ultimas_publicaciones/ANM-ALZHEIMER.pdf); El Alzheimer en Iberoamérica (https://alzheimeriberoamerica.org/wp-content/uploads/media/uploads/regular_files/el-alzheimer-en-iberoamerica.pdf ); Demencias. Una visión panorámica (http://www.cdi.salud.gob.mx/descargas/publicaciones-inger/Demencia.pdf ).