Attending the Conference


In order to attend the conference, individuals MUST meet the following criteria at the time of nomination:
  • Have a PhD and/or MD
  • Hold a position no higher than Assistant Professor
  • Have received their terminal degree within the last 10 years
  • Hold the aforementioned position at an institution based in the United States
  • NOT be the PI on any past or current NIH-funded R01, Program Project or Center Award Grants
  • Have demonstrated a commitment to a career in advancing AD-related research
To nominate an Early Career Investigator, please send an email to summarizing how your nomination satisfies the criteria.

Conference Format


A group of early career investigators are nominated by members of the Scientific Board or past CCAD attendees. Typically, CCAD receives around fifty nominations. Of those nominated, fifteen are selected by the scientific board to prepare and submit a proposal in the form of a NIHR03 grant application.

In their application, they must explain how $50,000 would further their Alzheimer's research. Prior to writing their proposals, the invitees are given an opportunity to collaborate ideas and even submit joint proposals, as to embody one of CCAD's pillars to foster cross-field collaboration.

This conference is complementary to all participants. Upon arrival, room reservations, meals and travel expenses are covered. Additionally, CCAD provides a stipend to cover any additional travel expenses investigators might encounter while visiting.


  • Arrival and check-in
  • Attendee meet and greet
  • Welcome Ceremony
  • 15-minute oral presentation
  • Q&A session with Scientific Board and other participants
  • Mock Study Section
  • Proposal Awards selected by Scientific Board
  • New Vision Award Ceremony

Location and Venue

The Charleston Conference on Alzheimer’s Disease is held in Charleston, South Carolina at the Charleston Place Hotel. Voted for the second year in a row as the ‘Top City in the United States’ by Conde Nast Traveler’s Reader’s Choice Awards, Charleston boasts historical charm, world-class restaurants, and the beach at your doorstep. For more information about what Charleston has to offer, check out the Charleston Visitors Bureau.