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Research grants

Our wide range of research grants offers support to Parkinson's researchers 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 £85million 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. Discover our list of key priorities for improving everyday life.

Types of grant

From project grants that aim to tackle major research challenges to funding for smaller scale studies, discover a grant that meets your needs.

Our grants are available to UK based principal applicants. Find out about upcoming deadlines, eligibility and how to apply.

Types of grant
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MORE INFORMATION ABOUT OUR GRANTS

  • Information for applicants - View our policies and information to help applicants in applying for a research grant.

  • Information for grantholders - We're here to help our grantholders make their projects a success. Find out about the support on offer and access all the information you need to know.

OTHER SUPPORT FOR PARKINSON'S RESEARCHERS

National Institute for Health Research

Parkinson's UK is a National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) non-commercial Partner. This means the studies that we fund may be eligible to access NIHR Clinical Research Network (CRN) support.

The NIHR Clinical Research Network (CRN) has extended support into health and social care research taking place in non-NHS settings.

The change to the policy (from 1 January 2018) means the CRN can support research conducted outside of NHS settings, such as studies running in care homes or in hospices, which will answer important questions for those patient populations. The CRN will also be able to better support research into public health, for example in schools and other community settings. This change is a way in which the NIHR is addressing the evolving health and care landscape and the changing needs of people and patients.

Read the full policy: Eligibility Criteria for NIHR Clinical Research Network Support.

In partnership with your local R&D office, we encourage you to involve your local CRN team in discussions as early as possible when planning your study to fully benefit from the support the NIHR CRN offers as outlined in their Study Support Service. To find out more about how you can apply for this additional support to help deliver your study, please visit www.supportmystudy.nihr.ac.uk 

If your study involves NHS sites in England you will need to apply for Health Research Authority Approval. For guidance on submitting an application please visit: www.hra.nhs.uk 
 

Support for non Parkinson's UK-funded research

You don't need to have a grant from Parkinson's UK to benefit from our support and resources. Discover the range of support on offer for all Parkinson's researchers.

Other funding organisations

There are a number of other funding opportunities to help support you in your Parkinson's research. Find out about other funding organisations.

A complex network of neurons develops as stem cells (iPSCs) derived from the skin of a sporadic Parkinson’s patient are differentiated in vitro into dopaminergic neurons. By Hugo Fernandes, University of Oxford, runner-up in Picturing Parkinson's 2016

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