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PDF Seeks Novel Research Proposals to Find the Cause(s) of and a Cure for Parkinsonís Disease

The Parkinson’s Disease Foundation (PDF) is pleased to announce that it is now accepting applications for its 2011-2012 investigator-initiated Parkinson’s grants programs.

PDF’s diverse research portfolio has a single underlying objective: to fund the most promising Parkinson’s disease (PD) science.  PDF operates these programs under the philosophy that it is only by fostering the creativity of scientists and empowering them to pursue novel ideas that we will better understand Parkinson’s and find new treatments and a cure.

This year’s request for investigator-initiated proposals seeks “high-risk/high-reward” ideas that may have a significant impact upon Parkinson’s science.  Basic scientists, neurologists, clinical researchers and students are invited to submit proposals.  Brief program descriptions follow.  Full details are available at www.pdf.org/en/grant_funding. 

PDF Director of Research Programs, James Beck, Ph.D., commented on this year’s request for proposals, "By leveraging its research investments into supporting great ideas generated by the crowd of scientists, PDF aims to facilitate the next big discovery in PD.”    

International Research Grants Program
Level of support: $75,000, plus ten percent indirect expenses.
Length of support: Two years; subject to review of first year progress.
Eligibility: Independent investigators possessing a Ph.D. or M.D. with clinical, preclinical, or basic research proposals that will directly impact Parkinson’s disease or its treatment.  Not open to postdocs or fellows.
Application Due Date: Tuesday, February 1, 2011.
How to Apply: Review program overview and requirements here and apply via grants.pdf.org. 

Postdoctoral Fellowship for Basic Scientists
Level of Support: $42,500, plus $5,000 research allowance.
Length of support: One year, competitively renewable up to three years total.
Eligibility: Postdoctoral fellows within five years of receiving their Ph.D., who have the support of a mentor.
Application due date: Tuesday, February 1, 2011
How to Apply: Read program overview and requirements here and apply via grants.pdf.org. 

Postdoctoral Fellowships for Clinical Neurologists
Level of support: $55,000, plus $5,000 in research allowance
Length of support: One year, competitively renewable up to two years total.
Eligibility: M.D.’s within three years of completing a residency in neurology, who have the support of a mentor.
Application Due Date: Tuesday, February 1, 2011.
How to Apply: Review program overview and requirements here and apply via grants.pdf.org.

PDF-PSG Mentored Clinical Research Award
Co-Sponsor:  Funded by a grant from the PDF to the Parkinson Study Group (PSG). 
Level of Support: $75,000 per year.
Length of Support: One year.
Eligibility: Clinicians and scientists who are within five years of having completed formal training. Fellows may apply. Applicants must identify an appropriate mentor or mentors with extensive research experience. Either the applicant or the mentor must be a member of the PSG. An applicant may have co-mentors.
Application Due Date: Friday, March 25, 2011.
How to Apply: Review program overview and instructions and apply directly to the PSG via email.

Summer Fellowship Program
Level of Support: $3,000.
Length of Support: Ten weeks of laboratory research.
Eligibility: Students –advanced undergraduates, graduate or medical students – in their pursuit of Parkinson's-related summer research projects.  Fellows must work under the close supervision of a sponsor who is an expert in the Parkinson's community and oversees the project.
Application Due Date: Friday, January 21, 2011.
How to Apply: First review instructions, then visit grants.pdf.org/summerfellow to register and apply via email.


For more information, please review our Application FAQ or email grants@pdf.org.  Review previous PDF-funded researchers here.

 

About Parkinson’s Disease
Parkinson’s Disease is a progressive neurological disorder that affects nearly one million people in the US and an estimated seven to 10 million people worldwide.  Although promising research is being conducted, there is currently no cure for Parkinson’s. 

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: investing in select teams at leading Parkinson’s research centers, including Columbia University Medical Center and Cornell Weill Medical Center in New York City as well as Rush University Medical Center in Chicago; assisting individual scientists, all over the world, conducting pioneering research in its earliest stages through our grassroots International Research Grants Program (IRGP), which provides two-year grants to promising researchers working to advance the science of Parkinson’s disease; 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; collaborating with other organizations on novel joint projects that promote the development of new Parkinson’s disease treatments through mechanisms such as our Advancing Parkinson’s Therapies Innovations Grant.

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 $85 million worth of scientific research in Parkinson’s disease, supporting the work of leading scientists throughout the world and has dedicated over $34 million to support people with Parkinson’s and their families and caregivers through our educational and advocacy programs.

 

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Source Date: Nov 23 2010