Non-drug approaches grants

Alongside medication, other approaches - such as living aids, exercise and therapies - can play a vital part in helping people to manage daily life and take control of Parkinson's.

This grant scheme aims to support and accelerate research to develop non-drug approaches for Parkinson's.

These may include:

  • speech and language, physio and occupational therapies
  • approaches to managing mental health 
  • lifestyle changes including exercise and nutrition
  • aids and devices
  • complementary therapies 

The focus of the scheme is to improve quality of life for people affected by Parkinson's in the shorter term.

With these awards we are focused on delivering outcomes that make a difference to people with the condition. That means that we're looking for projects that, if successful, have a clear pathway to be made available to people affected by Parkinson's.


The deadline for pre-proposal applications is 3 March 2021.  Email [email protected] for an application form.

Applicants who are successful at the pre-proposal stage will be invited to submit a full application via our online application system and the deadline for this will be 26 May 2021.

The deadline for full applications will be confirmed as soon as possible.


The duration of a grant is up to a maximum of 2 years. 

There is no minimum value and the maximum award amount is £200,000.


Grants are tenable only at a UK university, NHS Trust, statutory social care organisation or other research institution.

Principal applicants should hold employment contracts that extend beyond the period of the grant.

Co-applicants and collaborators may be based at institutions outside the UK or at pharmaceutical or biotech companies.