The Darrell K Royal Research Fund for Alzheimer's Disease represents the pinnacle of commitment to excellence in Research and Care for Texans to attempt to cure Alzheimer's disease (AD) in our lifetimes, to expand research into Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI), and to expand the paradigms of care and access for Texans, enabling exposure to preventative care and treatment strategies aimed at combatting the epidemic of AD.


The Darrell K Royall Research Fund for Alzheimer's Disease announces its 4th annual request for applications (RFA). This RFA is designed to support early-to-mid career Texas-based scientists (within 12 years of completion of their terminal degree).

Application Deadline: To be announced by the end of May 2017. 

Learn more: Download the 2016 Request for Funding Application here.



For the 2016 Research Grant season, two applicants were selected by the reviewing committee to be granted a combined total of $330,000. Congratulations to the following grant recipients!

Dr. Andreana Haley-UT Austin

Project Title: Photoneuromodulation: A Novel Therapy for Mild Cognitive Impairment

Dr. Lenora Volk-UT Southwestern

Project Title: Investigating the PICK1/KIBRA complex as a signaling nexus for synaptic dysfunction in adult-onset cognitive impairment and Alzheimer's Disease


For the 2015 Research Grant season, five applicants were selected by the reviewing committee to be granted a combined total of nearly $750,000. Congratulations to the following grant recipients!

Dr. Ismael Al-Ramahi - Baylor College of Medicine

Project Title: Behavioral and Cell-based Complementary Screens to Identify Drug-able Targets Modulating TAU Protein Levels

Dr. Kan Ding - UT Southwestern

Project Title: Neurovascular Decoupling and Memory Impairment After Traumatic Brain Injury

Dr. Bridget Hawkins - UTMB Galveston

Project Title: Using a Novel Tau Monoclonal Antibody Immunotherapy to Prevent Dementia after TBI

Dr. Sven Vanneste - UT Dallas

Project Title: Non-invasive Brain Stimulation to Improve Memory Retrieval in Patients with Mild Cognitive Impairment

Dr. Yingfei Wang - UT Southwestern

Project Title: The Role of a Novel AIF3 Isoform in Dementia


The Class of 2014 grant recipients have recently submitted the reports for their first year of research. Click on the links below to read each report.

Dr. Chandramallika Basak

Dr. Maya Henry

Dr. Marie Monfils

Dr. Steven Patrie

Dr. Durakoglugil Murat and Dr. Florian Plattner

The Legacy

"The sad fact is that most everyone in our state is touched by this disease and the Darrell Royal family is no exception," says Edith Royal. "The DKR Research Fund represents a commitment to excellence in Alzheimer's research and care for Texans, the nation and the world. I am grateful for the opportunity to create this legacy for my husband, and for the incredible group of prominent Texans who want to join us in this endeavor."

The DKR Research Fund will not only honor a revered football legend, but also the man that wants to do all he can to eradicate this terrible disease once and for all.