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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.

We're the largest charity funder of Parkinson's research in the UK.

We're the largest charity funder of Parkinson's research in the UK.

So far, we've invested more than £65million in groundbreaking research. And we plan to reach £70million by 2014.

Types of grants

Our diverse range of research grants support researchers at every stage in their careers.

Grant type

Upcoming deadlines

Project grants

Tackling major research challenges

2015 - date to be confirmed in autumn 2014

Translational research grants - call for drug targets

Working with MRC Technology to turn exciting basic discoveries into a real benefits for people with Parkinson's

This deadline has now passed

Innovation grants

Exploring original research ideas that could lead to exciting breakthroughs in the causes, treatment and cure of Parkinson's

2015 - date to be confirmed in autumn 2014

Senior research and training fellowships

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

Wednesday 3 December 2014

PhD studentships

Attracting the best graduates

2015 - date to be confirmed in autumn 2014

Themed research workshops

Funding and support for researcher-led workshops


Next step funding

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


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 2011 we passed the AMRC peer review audit, which takes place every 5 years.

Find out more about our research funding process.

Our plan to cure Parkinson's

Over the next 5 years our ambitious research strategy will help push our search for a cure to a new level by tackling 4 key challenges:

  • understanding why nerve cells die in Parkinson's
  • developing new animal models of Parkinson's
  • faster, better drug screening
  • finding 'biomarkers' to allow earlier diagnosis

Find out more about our plan to cure Parkinson's.

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

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