Research grant funding

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, particularly in our research priority areas.

    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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    • Information for applicants - Discover how your application is assessed, view our policies and read information developed to help you apply 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.


    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 

    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: 

    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.

    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. We can help with participant recruitment, research involvement and provide letters of support. 

    Discover the range of support on offer for all Parkinson's researchers.

    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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