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Research Funding Opportunities

Parkinson's Disease Foundation Funding OpportunitiesThe Parkinson’s Disease Foundation (PDF) is pleased to announce that it is now accepting applications for its 2011–2012 investigator-initiated Parkinson’s disease (PD) grants programs.
PDF’s diverse research portfolio has a single underlying objective: to fund the most promising Parkinson’s disease 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.

As PDF’s Director of Research Programs, James Beck, Ph.D., states, "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 10 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. 
DUE: Tuesday, February 1.

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: Tuesday, February 1.

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: Clinicians within three years of completing a residency in neurology, who have the support of a mentor. 
DUE: Tuesday, February 1.

PDF-PSG Mentored Clinical Research Award
(Funded by a grant from PDF to the Parkinson Study Group.)
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. 
DUE: Friday, March 25.

Summer Fellowship Program
Level of support: $3,000.
Length of support: 10 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 can oversee the project. 
DUE: Friday, January 21.


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