Alzheimer's and Related Diseases Award Fund (ARDRAF)

VCoA administers the Alzheimer's and Related Diseases Research Award Fund, which provides seed money to researchers in Virginia to stimulate innovative research into biomedical and psychosocial aspects of dementia, including cell biology, caregiving, and animal modeling.

ARDRAF CALL FOR PROPOSALS, GUIDELINES, AND APPLICATION FORM

RESULTS OF ARDRAF PANEL REVIEW MEETING

 VIRGINIA'S GENERAL ASSEMBLY COMMENDS THE ARDRAF

ARDRAF SUPPORTERS HONOR DELEGATE KEN PLUM

FINAL PROJECT REPORTS 1997 - 2013

PAST AWARDS


Goals:

The ARDRAF is intended to increase public understanding about how dementing illnesses affect individuals, families, caregivers, and society; support pilot projects from a broad spectrum of scientific disciplines; foster the application of knowledge about Alzheimer's and related diseases; investigate the impact of these conditions on the Commonwealth of Virginia; and determine appropriate public policy.

VCoA has supervised solicitation of applications, awarding competitive grants since 1982. The size of the awards vary, but are limited to $40,000. VCoA absorbs all administrative costs, passing through all of each year's appropriation to the selected researchers.

For more information contact Dr. Constance L. Coogle at (804) 828-1525 or e-mail at ccoogle@vcu.edu.

 

Enactment:

1982, Code of Virginia, 2.2-719

 
Purpose:

To stimulate research, foster the application of knowledge, examine the effects, and increase public understanding of Alzheimer's and related diseases.

 

Administering Agency:

Virginia Center on Aging, Virginia Commonwealth University

 

Application Process:

Competitive, third-party professional awards committee

 

Awards:
4- $5,000 seed grants, 1982-1983
52- $10,000 seed grants, 1984-1996
12- $16,500 seed grants, 1997-1999
2- $25,000, 3 $20,000, & 1 $15,000 seed grants, 2000
5- $25,000 seed grants, 2001
4- $25,000 & 1 $2,550 seed grants, 2002
3- $25,000 & 1 $22,000 seed grants, 2003 (partial support - Alz' Assn.-Greater Richmond Chapter)
3- $25,000 & 1 $5,000 seed grants, 2004
7- $25,000 seed grants, 2005
7- $30,000 seed grants, 2006
10- $40,000 & 1 9,300 seed grants, 2007-2008
5- $37,000 seed grants, 2009
4- $37,500 & 1 - $18,750 seed grants, 2010
4- $40,000, 2011
4- $40,000 & 1- $12,500 seed grants, 2012
7- $40,000 & 1 $7,775 seed grants, 2013
6- $45,000 & 1- $25,000 seed grants, 2014

 

Grant Recipients:
University of Virginia, 53
Virginia Commonwealth University:
  -VCU Medical Center, 38
  -VCU Monroe Park Campus, 5
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, 14
Eastern Virginia Medical School, 10
George Mason University, 11
Old Dominion University, 4
Mountain Empire Older Citizens, Inc., 2
Alzheimer's Association:
  -Central and Western Virginia Chapter, 1
  -Southeastern Virginia Chapter, 1
College of William and Mary, 1
Consumer Consortium on Assisted Living, 1
Family Respite Center, Falls Church, 1
Ferrum College, 1
Goodwin House, Inc., Alexandria, 1
James Madison University, 1
Liberty University, 1
Marymount University, 1
Radford University, 1
Shenandoah University, 1
Virginia Department of Emergency Services, 1
Warren Memorial Hospital, 1
Western State Hospital, 1

 

Representative Areas of Investigation:
Behavioral and cognitive changes, caregiving, clinical assessment, brain chemistry/neurology, cell biology, electrophysiology immunological responses, environmental factors, drug discovery changes
 
Subsequent Related Funding Obtained by ARDRAF Awardees:
$36.7 million documented

Related Scientific and Professional Publications:

275 documented

 

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