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PDF Seeks Funding Proposals For Research into the Cause(s) of and a Cure for Parkinsonís Disease

The Parkinson's Disease Foundation® (PDF®), as part of its mission to fund the highest caliber of Parkinson’s disease (PD) research, is pleased to announce that it is now accepting grant applications for 2009-2010 for two of its research programs.

Through its newly expanded International Research Grants Program (IRGP) and its career development program, PDF is seeking relevant research proposals from basic scientists, neurologists and clinical researchers.  Applicants to these programs can apply through PDF’s online grants management system.

International Research Grants Program
The International Research Grants Program is designed to promote innovative research that has high potential to significantly advance the knowledge of Parkinson’s disease, but little likelihood of securing funding through more traditional sources.  This year, PDF is capitalizing on the success of the program by increasing the size and duration of the grants awarded.  Changing the award parameters permits PDF to continue to fund innovative research and recruit the brightest international scientific talent. 

IRGP awards will now reach a maximum of $75,000 per year for two years (compared to the previous maximum of $50,000 for only one year of research), subject to review of first year progress.  Research grants are now also eligible for an additional ten percent in indirect costs. 

By supporting novel, “high risk/high reward” research, the IRGP seeks to enable investigators to demonstrate the feasibility of their ideas while generating preliminary data necessary for the support of future funding.

For specific requirements and applications instructions, please read more about:

 Applying to the International Research Grants Program (IRGP)

Postdoctoral Fellowships for Basic Scientists and for Neurologists
Through its career development and fellowships program, PDF supports young investigators who seek to devote their talents to the study of Parkinson's.  This year, PDF is accepting applications from those interested in Postdoctoral Fellowships for Basic Scientists, Postdoctoral Fellowships for Neurologists and the Mentored Clinical Research Award, which is co-sponsored by the Parkinson Study Group (PSG).

Postdoctoral Fellowships for Basic Scientists are one-year fellowships in the amount of $40,000, designed for young scientists, fresh from their Ph.D. training, to study at major research institutions.  For young clinicians who have completed their neurology residency and are seeking clinical research experience, PDF offers the Postdoctoral Fellowships for Neurologists, one-year awards in the amount of $55,000. 

Additionally, PDF and the PSG are pleased to co-sponsor the Mentored Clinical Research Award, which supports new investigators with $75,000, for a one-year project performed under the mentorship of an experienced investigator, in patient-oriented research in Parkinson’s disease or other parkinsonian disorders.  The award aims to provide early support for an investigator with interest in Parkinson’s clinical research, who has the potential to become an independent researcher.

For specific requirements and applications instructions, please read more about:

Applying to the Fellowship and Career Development Program

A Four-Pronged Approach
These programs are part of PDF’s mission to fund Parkinson’s research in four distinct ways. One of these is through a series of Center Grants at major universities. Another is funding talented independent investigators through our International Research Grants Program (IRGP). A third is encouraging promising young investigators to devote their talents to the study of Parkinson's through mentored fellowships, training opportunities and career development grants.  Through the fourth, PDF is collaborating with other organizations on innovative joint projects.

About Parkinson’s Disease
Parkinson’s disease is a progressive neurological disorder that affects nearly one million people in the US.  Although promising research is being conducted, there is currently no cure for Parkinson’s.

About the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation
The Parkinson’s Disease Foundation (PDF) is a leading national presence in Parkinson’s disease research, education and public advocacy. We are working for the nearly one million people in the US who live with Parkinson’s by funding promising scientific research to find the causes of and a cure for Parkinson's while supporting people with Parkinson’s, their families and caregivers through educational programs and support services. Since its founding in 1957, PDF has funded over $75 million worth of scientific research in Parkinson’s disease, supporting the work of leading scientists throughout the world.

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Source Date: Dec 01 2008