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Assemble Research Teams for Parkinson's Research

Parkinson’s Foundation Research Centers

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Parkinson's Foundation

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Deadline Date:

03/21/22 5:00 PM


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Grants to USA, Canada, and International established researchers to assemble research teams for innovative research on Parkinson's disease. Applicants are required to submit an LOI prior to a full grant application. Funding is intended for both basic science and clinical research across multiple disciplines.

The goal of the Parkinson’s Foundation Research Centers is to provide funding for innovative teams of scientists working on a thematic area of Parkinson’s disease. The Foundation is interested in proposals that tackle critical issues or problems that are impeding progress in the field of PD research.

The Parkinson’s Foundation’s vision and mission is based on three interwoven priorities: research discoveries that prevent, control and ultimately cure the disease for all people with Parkinson’s, that all people with Parkinson’s have access to equitable and quality care, and that all people affected by Parkinson’s have the information and resources they need. As such, proposals that touch upon these priorities (for example, studies unraveling the pathophysiology of PD, preclinical work towards disease-modifying therapies, or symptomatic therapy for unmet clinical needs) will be given priority.

For research requirements and considerations, see URL for Full Text (RFP). 

Eligible use of funds:

  • Up to 10% ($200,000) of the total award may be used towards indirect costs.
  • In addition, each year, $50,000 of this award should be reserved for pilot work and new collaborations.
  • Carryover of unused funds from year to year is permitted.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 198729

Estimated Size of Grant:

Awards are $500,000 a year for 4 years, for a total award of $2,000,000.
- The award is capped to support up to 40% effort for individual PI salaries and is subject to the NIH salary cap of $199,300. The percent effort salary support of other personnel is not limited.

Term of Contract:

4 years

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

This award program is open to an interdisciplinary team of scientists working in the field of Parkinson’s disease. The team may all reside in the same geographical area and work at the same institution or collaborate through a virtual center with scientists spread across regions and institutions. Preference will be given to applications which demonstrate cross-departmental or cross-institutional collaboration, bringing new approaches and perspectives to solving PD. Institutions that hold a Parkinson’s Foundation Center of Excellence designation for their clinical care and international applicants are also welcome to apply.

The team:
- Principal Investigators (PI) on the team should be faculty-level, established investigators who have the ability to make significant and unique contributions to the research being proposed. Teams should have at least 3 Principal Investigators, one of whom will be the Center Director.
- Other team members may include postdoctoral fellows, graduate students, and research technicians who will be involved in the research.
- Interdepartmental and inter-institutional collaborations are highly encouraged, bringing outstanding individuals outside the field of PD to the team.
- If team members are all housed at the same institution, they should come from at least two different groups (i.e., separate sources of funding and laboratory space).
- Teams should have access to core facilities at the institution.

This award is not meant to fully support the salary of any single PI.

Pre-Application Information:

- Opens: September 30, 2021
- LOI Due: December 1, 2021, 5:00 PM
- Application Due: March 21, 2022, 5:00 PM
- Award Notification: June 2022
- Award Begins: July 1, 2022

The application process is divided into two parts. Applicants will first send a letter of intent. If selected, the applicant will be invited to submit a full-length proposal.

Applicants are only required to submit a total budget for Year 1.

Applications must indicate which institutions will be involved in the center, the scientists from each institution, and a clear justification for each key team member with an indication of how their expertise is essential to the proposed research. If the assembled team spans multiple institutions, one of the institutions must be designated as a Lead Institution, through which all funds will be distributed.

Each team must also designate a Center Director who is a recognized expert in Parkinson’s disease research and who is on staff at the Lead Institution.

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Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.


Please contact with any questions regarding this award.

Parkinson's Foundation
200 SE 1st Street, Ste 800
Miami, FL 33131

1359 Broadway, Ste 1509
New York, NY 10018, USA

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