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Parkinsonís Disease Foundation Requests Proposals for Projects to Advance Research and Speed New Treatments for Parkinsonís

The Parkinson’s Disease Foundation® (PDF®) requests proposals for investigator-driven projects that will advance research and speed new treatments for Parkinson’s disease.

PDF is accepting letters of intent from the scientific community from Friday, October 12, through Tuesday, November 16 via for funding requests to its two key programs – International Research Grants and Postdoctoral Fellowships.

Overview and Objectives

PDF’s International Research Grants Program supports scientists in testing out daring new research ideas, so they can gather enough data needed to ‘make the case’ for funding from major agencies.  PDF’s Postdoctoral Fellowships for Basic Scientists and Neurologists prepare future leaders for careers Parkinson’s research and care with one-year guided fellowships in basic or clinical research.

Levels of Support

International Research Grants provide a maximum of $75,000 in direct costs per year for two years, subject to competitive renewal based upon first year progress.

Postdoctoral Fellowships for Basic Scientists provide one-year awards in the amount of $55,000, with a $5,000 allowance to be spent at the discretion of the fellow and his or her mentor. Postdoctoral Fellowships for Clinical Neurologists provide one-year awards in the amount of $42,500 as well as a research allowance of $5,000 to be used at the discretion of the fellow and his or her mentor.

Key Criteria

At its core, research supported by these programs must be directly relevant to the treatment and/or understanding of Parkinson's disease. Successful  projects are:

  • novel research hypotheses of Parkinson's disease;
  • inventive in terms of methodology or approach; and
  • clinical, preclinical, or basic research proposals that will directly impact Parkinson's disease or its treatment.


All programs are open to both national and international applicants.

International Research Grants are open to independent investigators possessing postdoctoral training or a medical degree, with clinical, preclinical or basic research proposals that will directly impact Parkinson's disease or its treatment. 

Postdoctoral Fellowships for Basic Scientists are open to individuals within five years of receiving their Ph.D.  Postdoctoral Fellowship for Neurologists are open to individuals possessing an M.D. or equivalent degree, who are within three years of having completed a residency in neurology.  

For additional eligibility requirements visit

Application Instructions and Deadlines

All letters of intent must be submitted online through the PDF website at by 5:00 PM EST on Tuesday, November 16.

Based on favorable peer review of the letters of intent, some applicants will be invited to submit a full application. For those individuals, full applications will be due by 5:00 PM EST on Monday, February 11, 2013. Final decisions are expected early April 2013 and funding will commence on July 1, 2013.

During online submission of the Letter of Intent, applicants will be asked for:

Contact Information

  • Project title.
  • Type and amount of funding requested.
  • Applicant’s contact information (Name, degree, phone, email, and institution).
  • Co-PI/Mentor´s contact information (same as above).


  • Upload biosketches for yourself and your mentor. Please follow NIH format. Briefly: 1) List name, title, and education/training; 2) Include a statement explaining your qualifications for your role. 3) List positions and honors; 4) List peer-reviewed publications relevant to the application; 5) List research support (current, pending, and recently completed). Please limit the biosketch to three pages per investigator. For an example, also see:

Letter of Intent

  • Describe the proposal and its relevance to Parkinson’s disease in a concise and straightforward manner including your hypothesis, aims and how you plan to achieve them, expected outcomes and relevance to the field. (max 3100 characters, including spaces—this is about 500 words).


  • Select up to four descriptive keywords. If there are not any keywords that accurately describe your research, you can add your own if necessary. Please note that reviewers will be selected largely based on the choice of keywords.

All proposals for these awards are peer-reviewed and competitively ranked based upon scientific merit and their impact upon Parkinson's by a grant review committee that includes scientists and lay advocates.

Additional Information
For more detailed information, visit or review PDF's Application FAQ at, email or call (212) 923-4700. Point of contact for this award is Dr. James Beck, PDF Director of Research Programs.

Applicants who successfully receive PDF funding for their research are required to identify the Parkinson's Disease Foundation as a source of support in all published works and presentations.

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.  In fiscal year 2013, PDF will contribute a total of $5.3 million towards Parkinson’s research programs, funding three research centers, 40 scientific projects and 10 clinical fellows around the world. A full list of 2013 research projects is available on the PDF website at    

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 $96 million to fund the work of leading scientists throughout the world and over $40 million to support national education and advocacy programs.


Source Date: Oct 10 2012