When telephone lines go down, or Internet connections are lost, our communities temporarily come to a halt. What if something similar were found to be happening in Parkinson's? This is the focus of Dr. Schmitz and her team at the PDF Research Center at Columbia University Medical Center.
PDF Grant Programs
Are you interested in furthering Parkinson's science? View PDF's open grant programs.
International Research Grants Program (IRGP)
Investigator-driven projects are a core piece of PDF’s philosophy to empower the community – of scientists, clinicians, people with Parkinson’s and health care professionals – to find creative solutions benefitting the seven to 10 million people worldwide living with Parkinson’s.
One way PDF supports investigator-driven projects is through the competitive International Research Grants Program (IRGP) - designed to promote innovative research that has high potential to significantly advance the knowledge of Parkinson’s disease, but that is unlikely to secure funding through more traditional sources.
By supporting novel, “high risk/high reward” research, the goal of the IRGP is to enable investigators to demonstrate the feasibility of their ideas while generating preliminary data necessary for the support of future funding (typically, from the National Institutes of Health and other government funding agencies).
PDF currently supports this program with $1.16 million.