The Savvy Caregiver® program is an evidence-based, psycho-educational training intervention for family caregivers of community-based persons living with dementia. Savvy Caregiver was created at the University of Minnesota and originally published in 2002. Federal, state, and foundation funding sources have enabled state and regional social service agencies and organizations to provide Savvy Caregiver programs to tens of thousands of caregivers. Savvy programs and research have demonstrated positive outcomes for caregivers, including increased dementia knowledge and skills, and lower reported stress, depression, and burden.
For over 20 years, researchers and practitioners have adapted Savvy Caregiver to other formats and to meet the needs of diverse communities. These adaptations have enriched and expanded Savvy Caregiver offerings.
Copyright and Trademark
Savvy Caregiver® programs, content, and materials are not public domain or “open source” material. This is true even for projects funded by state or federal grants. All Savvy Caregiver programs, content, and materials are copyrighted and trademarked by the University of Minnesota and other copyright holders.
Required Academic and Research Licensing
All academic grants, research studies, or projects utilizing Savvy Caregiver programs, content, or materials must be licensed to be in copyright compliance with the University of Minnesota and other copyright holders. For example, this applies to all Savvy Caregiver research studies, adaptations, translations, and delivery awards.
|Pilots and Other Grants up to $50K in Direct Costs/year
|$999 flat fee
|R03 and Other Grants up to $150K in Direct Costs/year
|R21 and Other Grants up to $300K in Direct Costs/year
|R01 and Other Grants up to $500K in Direct Costs/year
|Grants above $500K in Direct Costs/year
Benefits and Inclusions of Academic and Research Licensing
Responsibilities of Licensee
Updated Manuals, PowerPoint, Videos, and Handouts
Once licensed, you may download all updated manuals, PowerPoint, videos, and materials from your online account. Printed manuals and handouts may also be ordered.
Evidence-Based Savvy Group Leader Training and Certification
Beginning in 2023, all Savvy Caregiver group leaders must be trained and certified through the new, evidence-based online training developed at Emory University. Any existing Savvy Caregiver group leaders must also complete the Savvy Caregiver Fidelity Certification exam to continue delivering Savvy Caregiver programs.
Prorated Fees for Current Savvy Caregiver Grantees
If a researcher or organization currently has a grant award using or adapting Savvy Caregiver content or materials in progress, the new Savvy Caregiver research licensing fees will only be prorated from January 1, 2024 onward.
Purchase a Savvy Caregiver Academic and Research License
To purchase a Savvy Caregiver research license, contact us at email@example.com.
For any questions, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.