Pilot Grants and Studies

The UK-Alzheimer's Disease Center (ADC) supports one to three pilot studies annually for basic or clinical biomedical, translational, epidemiological, caregiving, educational, or behavioral research.

The annual announcement for pilot funding includes a description of data available through the National Alzheimer’s Disease Coordinating Center. Use of this resource is strongly encouraged.

This funding mechanism is intended to allow an investigator the opportunity to develop preliminary data sufficient to provide the basis for an application for independent research support. Pilot grants are designed for postdoctoral or junior-faculty level investigators, but may be awarded to a more senior investigator who has experience in areas other than Alzheimer's disease research and who wants to work in the Alzheimer's disease research field or who wants to try a new hypothesis, method, or approach that is not an extension of ongoing Alzheimer's disease research. Pilot studies are typically limited to a non-renewable single year of support. If described and well-justified, two years of support may be requested.


Investigators may request direct costs up to $25,000 per year for pilot projects. Duration of pilot projects is for one year. Non–UK investigators and sites must identify a UK collaborator and submit the proposal as a subcontract to UK.

UK-ADC Pilot Projects 2015-2021

10.1 - Hartz, Anika

Human Blood-Brain Barrier in Alzheimer's Disease: Changes in P-glycoprotein

7/1/15- 6/30/16 

10.2 Richards, Allan Christianson and Tietven, Ann

The Impact of a Visual Arts Education (VAE) Pedagogical Strategy on Quality of Life for Individuals with Early Stage Alzheimer's Disease: Dementia and their Caregivers

7/01/15- 6/30/16 

11.1 Bachstetter, Adam

Intermittent Hypoxia in Alzheimer's Disease

7/15/16 – 6/30/17 

11.2: Johnson, Nathan

The Effects of Aging and Ankle Injury on White Matter Integrity and Balance

7/1/16 - 6/30/17 

12.1 Bardach, Shoshana

A Participatory Research Endeavor to Promote African American Research Engagement: Photos and Voices to Engage (PREPAARE – PAVE)

7/1/17 – 6/30/ 18 

12.2 Duncan, Marilyn

Sleep Enhancement as a Therapeutic Strategy to Combat Alzheimer’s Disease

7/1/17 – 6/30/18 

13.1 Dungan, Cory

Obesity- and Exercise-Mediated Alterations in Serum Exosomes that May Affect Brain Pathology in Alzheimer’s Disease

7/1/18 – 6/30/19 

13.2 Stamm, Stefan

Are Circular RNAs from the MAPT Locus Translated into Taupolymers?

7/1/18 – 6/30/19 

14.1 Weekman, Erica

Evaluation of Pathologies Associated with Hyperhomocysteinemia in Human Autopsy Brain Tissue

7/1/19- 6/30/20 

14.2 Katsumata, Yuriko

Developing a New Statistical Tool to Examine the Associations between Rare Variants and LOAD-Related Ordinal Phenotype

7/1/19- 6/30/20 

15.1 Barbara Nikolajczyk, PhD

“Immune cell signatures in vascular cognitive impairment and dementia” 

7/1/20 – 6/30/21 

15.2 Simone Crivelli, PhD

“Intra-neuronal accumulation of ceramide drives mitochondria dysfunction in Alzheimer’s disease” 

7/1/20 – 6/30/21 


CCTS 2019 Allison Gibson, MSW, PhD, LISW

“Platform-based MCI trial to address maladaptive behaviors”. 

CCTS 2020 Pradoldej Sompol, PhD

“Contribution of activated astrocyte-derived fibronectin to vascular dysfunction in a mouse model of Alzheimer’s pathology”