European Alzheimer disease funding
Nat Med. 2006 Jul;12(7):776-7.
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Germany is where research on Alzheimer disease began. So, in a country with a tradition of Alzheimer disease research, one would expect nationwide funding of research in this field. But what I found in 1995 when I returned after many years from Boston, was rather disappointing: there were neither local nor nationwide programs for Alzheimer disease research. Besides individual grants, the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) funds collaborative research networks throughout Germany through the Priority Program, and supports locally concentrated research activities within Collaborative Research Centers. However, the DFG usually does not announce specific fields that they want to support, but rather expects scientists to come up with such ideas and let them compete during the application process with all other programs in related fields.