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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 Europe.

So far, we've invested over £70million in groundbreaking research.

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, to help guarantee 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, 166KB) 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

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

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

Wednesday 25 May 2016 at 4pm

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


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.

BIRAX Call for applications

The British Council in Israel is inviting applications for the third BIRAX Research Call, which will fund joint research in the UK and Israel to tackle the most urgent global health challenges.

Successful research projects will be supported in partnership with a number of leading British medical research foundations, including Parkinson's UK.

The deadline for applications is July 2016.

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

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