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PDF Research Proposals Due April 1: Last Call

Since 1957, PDF has supported hundreds of research projects and/or collaborative efforts throughout the world. Each component of the research program has its own procedure and reporting structure. To help researchers submit their requests for funding, we have provided here the information on the various grants that are quickly approaching the submission deadline. Our selection process is guided by the PDF Scientific Advisory Board, a committee of leading Parkinson's basic, clinical and translational scientists.

For the first time, PDF now offers online submission of applications. To access this feature, please visit the PDF website at www.pdf.org/en/funding_res and click on the type of research program you wish to investigate. Another first for the application process should be noted: the International Research Grants Program and both postdoctoral fellowships now use the same application form. For further information on PDF's scientific grants programs or the application process, please contact Sharon Stone, Director of Research and External Programs, at (800) 457-6676, by email at sstone@pdf.org or by mail at 1359 Broadway, Suite 1509, New York, NY 10018.

Summer Student Fellows
Application Deadline: Friday, April 1, 2005
Funding of successful applications will begin July 1, 2005.
Summer student fellowships are used to support high school seniors, undergraduates and medical students in the pursuit of Parkinson's-related summer research projects. Typically such fellowships are offered for 10 weeks of laboratory work under a sponsor who oversees the project.

Postdoctoral Fellowship for Neurologists
Application Deadline: Friday, April 1, 2005
Funding of successful applications will begin July 1, 2005.
The purpose of this fellowship is to support neurologists who wish to train in movement disorders or to undergo advanced research training once they have finished their movement disorder training. Applicants who have completed a Movement Disorder Fellowship and wish to pursue research training in movement disorders will be given preference.

These awards are available for up to $35,000 per year, for one or two years. Applicants must already have earned an M.D. and be completing or have completed a neurology residency.

Postdoctoral Research Fellowship
Application Deadline: Friday, April 1, 2005
Funding of successful applications will begin July 1, 2005.
Postdoctoral Research Fellowships enable young scientists, fresh from their residencies, to study at a major research institution for one or two years. Most of the graduates of this program return to their home states and countries to lead, and in some cases to establish, movement disorder programs.

International Research Grants Program
Application Deadline: Friday, April 1, 2005
Funding will be effective July 1, 2005, concluding June 30, 2006.
The International Research Grants Program (IRGP) is designed to support projects of the highest scientific caliber from around the world that are directly relevant to the study of a treatment for, or causes of, Parkinson's disease; that are complementary to, not duplicative of, other research in the field and that have the potential to lead to research proposals to the National Institutes of Health and other sources of government support. Basic, clinical and translational research proposals are eligible for support. Preference will be given to scientists who are at an early stage in their professional careers.

PDF has an annual budget of $700,000 for this program. No single International Research Grant Award will exceed $40,000. Applications must be submitted electronically at www.pdf.org/en/funding_res. Final decisions are expected by mid-May 2005.