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.


We have extended the deadline for pre-proposals to 29 May 2020.  Download an application form below.

Applicants who are successful at the pre-proposal stage will be invited to submit a full application via our online application system.

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. 

Download the non drug approaches pre-proposal application form (Word document, 343 KB)

Non drug approaches pre-proposal application form April 2020