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PDF Seeks Grant 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 the 2010-2011 application period for its two major research programs is now open.   Basic scientists, neurologists and clinical researchers are invited to submit proposals for the International Research Grants Program or for several fellowship opportunities offered through the Fellowship and Career Development Program.

Last year, PDF expanded the parameters of both grants programs, which PDF Scientific Director Stanley Fahn, M.D., noted, “encouraged applications from the brightest international scientific talent.”  This year, PDF is pleased to announce that the following grants programs will remain expanded and are now accepting applications:

International Research Grants Program
The International Research Grants Program is designed for individual investigators interested in pursuing innovative research that has high potential to significantly advance our understanding of Parkinson’s disease, but little likelihood of securing funding through more traditional sources.  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.

IRGP awards are available for a maximum of $75,000 per year for two years subject to review of first year progress.  Research grants are also eligible for an additional ten percent in indirect costs.  Applications for this program must be submitted by Tuesday, February 2, 2010.

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

Applying to the International Research Grants Program (IRGP)

Fellowship and Career Development Program
Through its career development and fellowships program, PDF supports young investigators who seek to devote their talents to the study of Parkinson’s.   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 designed for scientists fresh from their Ph.D. training, to study at major research institutions.  These one-year awards are available in the amount of $40,000.  Postdoctoral Fellowships for Neurologists are available for clinicians who have completed their neurology residency and are seeking clinical research experience.  These one-year awards are available in the amount of $55,000. Applications for these programs must be submitted by Tuesday, February 2, 2010.

Additionally, PDF and 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.  This award aims to provide early support for an investigator with an interest in Parkinson’s clinical research, who has the potential to become an independent researcher. Applications for this program must be submitted by Friday, March 26, 2010.

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

Applying to the Fellowship and Career Development Program

Additional Questions?
For more information, please review our Application FAQ or email grants@pdf.org.  For most programs (except the Mentored Clinical Research Award), all applications can be submitted at grants.pdf.org.

About PDF’s Research Programs
Central to the mission of the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation (PDF) is funding research of the highest caliber. Through our diverse research programs, there is a single underlying objective: to identify and support the most promising Parkinson’s disease science.  PDF does this by: funding select teams specializing in Parkinson’s research at major academic centers; supporting individual scientists, all over the world, conducting pioneering research in its earliest stages; encouraging young scientists and clinicians to devote their talents to the study of Parkinson’s by offering mentored fellowships, training opportunities and career development awards; and collaborating with other organizations on novel joint projects that promote the development of new Parkinson’s disease treatments.

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 $80 million worth of scientific research in Parkinson’s disease, supporting the work of leading scientists throughout the world.


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Source Date: Nov 02 2009