Project grants

Our project grants tackle major Parkinson's research challenges with groundbreaking studies that get right to the heart of complex problems.

The project grant scheme supports research looking into the following areas: (this is not an exhaustive list)

  • to better understand the causes of Parkinson’s
  • drug discovery at all stages of the drug discovery pipeline
  • cohort studies
  • early clinical investigations looking at biomarkers
  • pilot clinical trials
  • areas of unmet needs

We are also interested in pump priming early stage research and welcome smaller scale pilot projects in the above areas.


The deadline for preproposal applications is Wednesday 10 January 2024, by 4pm. The project grant preproposal form is available on our online application system.

Applicants who are successful at the preproposal stage will be invited to submit a full application via our online application system. The deadline for full applications will be Wednesday 10 April 2024, by 4pm.

Duration and value

The duration of a grant is up to a maximum of 3 years. There is no fixed maximum value for project grants, however, the cost of applications is usually up to £400,000 and the average amount awarded is £250,000.


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

We actively encourage people from all sections of the community to apply for grants, regardless of race, ethnicity, gender identity, age, disability, sexual orientation, or religion.

Success rates

There was a 30% success rate at the full application stage in 2023:

  • 35 preproposal applications were accepted for review
  • 20 applicants were invited to submit a full application
  • 6 project grants were awarded

You can download the latest list of all our active research projects.

All applicants are expected to work with people affected by Parkinson’s as much as possible throughout the research process and in the development of their application. 

There are a number of ways that applicants can involve people in their research, including in identifying and prioritising research questions, shaping study design and providing feedback on Plain English Summaries. You can read some examples of patient and public involvement (PPI) in action.

You can also watch our short video to find out how researchers are benefitting from PPI.

Parkinson’s UK can support researchers to involve people affected by Parkinson’s through our PPI programme, including by helping to plan meaningful involvement activities and find people to involve. 

Applicants are strongly advised to seek lay input on their research proposal as early as possible when devising their research questions and PPI plans. 

Applicants who are invited to submit a full proposal will be provided with further details if you need help to consult people affected by Parkinson’s for feedback on your application’s Plain English Summary.

See our PPI Guidance for researchers and also our PPI tools for lab based researchers for more information

Please get in touch with the team at [email protected] to request support for your application.

Parkinson's UK is here for everyone in the Parkinson's community. Our Equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI) strategy sets out our overarching goal, ambitions and EDI promise. The charity wants equity for everyone who lives with Parkinson’s, and the people in their lives, in the UK.

Responses to Parkinson’s treatment can be different depending on a range of factors. We believe Parkinson’s research should involve, include and represent all members of the community. By having a diverse network of people involved with research, we’re more likely to make breakthroughs that change the lives of all people with Parkinson’s.

The charity's Race Equality in Research project sets out our long-term strategy to increase engagement and participation in Parkinson’s research with people from Black, Asian and Mixed Race backgrounds.

Please see the 'Writing a research grant application' appendix within the project grant information for applicants for more information on how to consider equality, diversity and inclusion in all aspects of your research.

We consider the needs of everyone who applies for a grant at Parkinson’s UK. If you have a disability, long-term health condition, mental health condition, are neurodivergent, or have care responsibilities and need support at any point during the application process, please get in touch and we’ll be happy to help. You can email [email protected].

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