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PDF Seeks Novel Research Proposals to Improve the Lives and Futures of People Touched By Parkinsonís

The Parkinson’s Disease Foundation® (PDF®) is pleased to announce a request for proposals for investigator-initiated research designed to improve the lives and futures of people touched by Parkinson’s.  PDF invites scientists, neurologists, students and members of the scientific community to apply.

PDF’s diverse Parkinson’s research portfolio supports the imagination of teams and individuals around the world.  The organization’s funding philosophy is to empower these stakeholders to identify novel questions about, and answers to, the puzzle of Parkinson’s.

For the upcoming funding year, PDF is seeking these novel ideas in the form of “high-risk/high-reward” proposals that are intended to have a significant impact upon Parkinson’s science and individuals touched by the disease.  As part of its commitment to advancing Parkinson’s therapies, PDF has added a request for proposals for Conference Awards to its already-existing research grants and fellowships.  Conference grants will support meetings of experts working to address emerging issues – such as the selection of standard measures of cognitive function for Parkinson's clinical trials, or the establishment an impulse control disorder rating scale – that will advance the development of therapies from “bench to bedside.”
 
PDF Director of Research Programs, James Beck, Ph.D., commented on this new program and the funding year’s request for proposals, "We look forward to seeing the innovative ideas put forth by this year’s applicants.  More importantly, we are eager to play our part in cultivating and nurturing the most promising of those ideas – the ones with the greatest potential to propel Parkinson’s research forward and improve lives as quickly as possible.”

Brief program descriptions follow.  The application period for most programs will open on Friday, October 14.  PDF is committed to including the perspective and experience of people living with Parkinson’s disease in the research process and highly encourages applicants to incorporate a community engagement component into award applications.  Full details are available at grants.pdf.org.

 

International Research Grants

Level of Support: $75,000 plus ten percent indirect expenses, per year.
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.
Due Dates: Letter of Intent due by 5 PM EST on Tuesday, November 15, 2011. Applicants who are invited to submit a full proposal will be notified of their status in mid-December and asked to submit a full proposal by 5 PM EST on Friday, February 10, 2012.
How to Apply: Review program overview and requirements here and apply via grants.pdf.org.


Postdoctoral Fellowships 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.
Due Dates: Letter of Intent due by 5 PM EST on Tuesday, November 15, 2011. Applicants who are invited to submit a full proposal will be notified of their status in mid-December and asked to submit a full proposal by 5 PM EST on Friday, February 10, 2012
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 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.
Due Dates: Letter of Intent due by 5 PM EST on Tuesday, November 15, 2011. Applicants who are invited to submit a full proposal will be notified of their status in mid-December and asked to submit a full proposal by 5 PM EST on Friday, February 10, 2012.
How to Apply: Review program overview and requirements here and apply via grants.pdf.org.


Conference Awards

Level of Support: Average award $10,000, with a maximum of $15,000.
Length of Support: Up to one year.
Eligibility: Independent investigators possessing a Ph.D. or M.D., conducting meetings to address emerging clinical or basic science questions about Parkinson’s. Not open to postdocs or fellows.
Due Date: Proposals are due by 5 PM EST on Tuesday, November 1, 2011.
How to Apply: Review instructions 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: $50,000 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.
Due Date: March 2012.
How to Apply: Review program overview and instructions and apply directly to the PSG via email to Roseanna.Battista@ctcc.rochester.edu.


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: Monday, January 23, 2012.
How to Apply: Review program overview instructions and apply via grants.pdf.org.

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 Research Programs

Central to the mission of the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation (PDF) is funding research of the highest caliber to improve the lives of people touched by Parkinson’s.  PDF does this by investing in leading Parkinson’s research centers; assisting individual scientists all over the world who are conducting pioneering research in its earliest stages; encouraging young scientists and clinicians to devote their talents to the study of Parkinson’s; and collaborating with others on novel joint projects to advance Parkinson’s therapies.

 

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 while supporting people living with Parkinson’s through educational programs and services.  Since its founding in 1957, PDF has dedicated over $90 million to fund the work of leading scientists throughout the world and over $37 million to support national education and advocacy programs.


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Source Date: Aug 24 2011