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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 £80million 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.

View our types of grants and deadlines

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.

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

Find out more about our research funding process and grant deadlines, or contact [email protected]

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 Letter of support application form (PDF, 84KB) and return it to [email protected].