Research Involvement Awards

Research Involvement Awards provide expert support for Parkinson's researchers to carry out Patient and Public Involvement (PPI).

People affected by Parkinson’s have a vital role to play in shaping research. We recognise that patient and public involvement (PPI) can be challenging - especially if you've never done it before or your research is lab-based.

Hands-on support from the Parkinson's UK Involvement team can make a huge difference, and you can access it by applying for a Research Involvement Award.

    Coronavirus (COVID-19) update: we are still accepting applications for Research Involvement Awards. We can support you to involve people affected by Parkinson's remotely, for example by video-conference. Read about the impact of coronavirus on Parkinson’s UK-funded research here.

    What does a Research Involvement Award provide?

    Parkinson’s UK work with researchers to facilitate an initial meeting (in-person or online) with PPI contributors that meets the specific needs of the research. We support researchers in:

    • Identifying who to involve 

    • Deciding how people can be involved

    • Communicating with PPI contributors 

    • Feeding back and maintaining relationships 

    • Reporting on PPI activities 

    Where funds for supporting PPI are not available to the applicant, Parkinson’s UK will cover the cost of the meeting.

    The award is open to researchers from doctoral level onwards who are working across all fields of Parkinson's research. Applicants should be based in a UK* university or research institution, or an NHS trust. You do not need to be funded by/applying for funding from Parkinson's UK to apply. 

    *Research projects based outside the UK will be considered on a case-by-case basis. 

    Find out more in our information for applicants.

    How to apply

    Please download and fill in our Research Involvement Award application form (Word, 282KB) and return it to [email protected].

    Submission deadlines for 2020:

    • 18 December 

    Get to grips with PPI

    Find more information and resources to help you with Patient and Public Involvement (PPI).