Attending the Conference


Early career investigators are nominated by one of the Scientific Board members or a past CCAD participant, and must meet the following criteria:
  • Have a PhD and/or MD and hold an academic rank no higher than Assistant Professor and have received their terminal degree within the last ten years.
  • Hold the aforementioned position at an institution based in the United States, where the proposed research will be conducted.
  • 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, as evidenced by their prior training and research productivity.
At this time, we are not directly accepting applications for early career investigators.

Conference Format


A group of early career investigators are nominated by members of the Scientific Board or past CCAD attendees based on their research, its relevance to enhancing the current understanding of the pathophysiology and treatment of AD, and the representativeness of their subfields in current AD research initiatives. Of those nominated, fifteen are selected to prepare and submit a proposal in the form of a NIHR03 grant application, detailing how they would use $50,000 of funding to further AD research. Before writing their proposals, the invitees are given the contact information of other invitees and encouraged to collaborate to expand their ideas or submit joint proposals.


  • 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 boast historical charm, world-class restaurants and the beach at your doorstep. For more information about what Charleston has to offer, see links below.

Charleston Visitors Bureau

"Everybody loves Charleston: Voted No. 1 City for the Third Consecutive Year." – Conde Nast

Charleston Place Hotel


Conference-related expenses, such as room reservations and meals, are already complimentary for participants. Each early career investigator is provided a stipend of $599 to cover transportation costs. For tax purposes, each early career investigator must provide his/her full name, home address, and social security number upon registering for the conference, to receive this stipend.