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Research grants

Our wide range of research grants offers support to scientists researching Parkinson's at every stage of their careers.

Parkinson's UK is the largest member-led charitable funder of Parkinson's research in Europe.

So far, we've invested more than £75million in groundbreaking research.

We are focused on finding new and better treatments for Parkinson's, and one day a cure. And we’re investing in big ideas that will speed up the research process, and deliver treatments to the people who need them faster.

We're also keen to fund research that improves quality of life in the shorter term -see our top 10 priority research areas for improving everyday life.

Applying for a grant with Parkinson's UK?

All our grants are reviewed by people with Parkinson's and their carers, so we recommend applicants involve the perspective of people affected by the condition in developing their application, for the best chance of success.

To find out how we can support you to do this see our Patient and Public Involvement (PPI) page.

Read our guide to​ Writing a research grant application (PDF, 250KB) for other top tips on preparing your application for funding.

You could also read 10 tips for health research funding success created by the Research Design Service.

Types of grants and deadlines

We are undertaking essential maintenance on our research grants management system in 2016.  This means that there are fewer grant rounds open this year.  We expect to run our usual grant schemes in 2017.

Please note that funding for cohort studies is only available through a cohort study grant.

Grant type

Upcoming deadlines

Project grants

Tackling major research challenges

The 2016 has now passed.

Senior Research and Clinician Researcher Training Fellowships

Our fellowship awards are aimed at supporting outstanding scientists undertaking research into Parkinson's

Wednesday 7 December 2016 at 4pm

PhD studentships

Attracting the best graduates

No deadline in 2016 

Small grants scheme

Small and flexible grant scheme for researchers working in every field of Parkinson's research

Wednesday 5 October  2016 at 4pm

Cohort study grants

Funding for studies of groups of people over a period of time

Ongoing

Themed research workshops

Funding and support for researcher-led workshops

Ongoing

Next step funding

Helping researchers who currently have a Parkinson's UK project grant to take their research to the next level

Ongoing

We only support research directly related to Parkinson's. Some support is available for international research collaborations.

Researchfish: Evaluating the impact of the research we fund

We now use the Researchfish system to help monitor the impact of our research.

Like many other funding organisations, we are accountable to our members and donors. So it's crucial that we monitor the outcomes of the research we fund on a regular basis.

It's also important that we can provide our supporters with evidence that the research we fund is translated into advances towards a cure for Parkinson's.

More about Researchfish and what grantholders will need to do.

Research funding process

As a member of the Association of Medical Research Charities (AMRC), we ensure that only the best quality research is funded.

Each application is rigorously assessed by an independent panel of experts. This guarantees that every penny donated towards research will benefit people with Parkinson's.

In 2016 we passed the AMRC peer review audit, which takes place every 5 years.

Find out more about our research funding process.

How to apply

Applications for all research grants must be made via our online application system.

For more information about application processes and deadlines, contact researchapplications@parkinsons.org.uk

Using animals in your research

All research supported by Parkinson's UK must only use animals where there are no alternatives. Experiments using animals must:

  • use the simplest possible, or least sentient, species of animal
  • ensure that distress and suffering are avoided wherever possible
  • employ an appropriate design and use the minimum number of animals consistent with ensuring that the scientific objectives will be met

For more information on the replacement, reduction and refinement in research using animals, please see the NC3Rs website.

Letters of support

We are very happy to encourage and support research into Parkinson’s in all areas by providing a letter of support for your application of funding.

Parkinson’s UK will only review applications for letter of support if:

  • the applicant is affiliated to a legitimate research institution, university or hospital
  • it is accompanied by the (early or full) proposal due for grant submission
  • full details of the research grant applied for are provided

To apply for help, just complete the 

and return it to research@parkinsons.org.uk.

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