Deadline: 03/11/2022 


Award details

One year grant up to a maximum of $75,000 will be awarded to research scientist (MD, MD/PhD, or PhD).

The applicants will receive notification of the decision in July 2022. The APDA grant year runs from September 1st to August 31st.


APDA Diversity in PD Research Grant is a one-year grant to study the health inequities and/or differences among under-studied PD communities, across the spectrum of ethnicity, ancestry, geography, socioeconomic conditions, and gender.  Current research has established the following:

  1. Diagnosis of PD among some under-studied communities is delayed.
  2. Some under-studied communities are less likely to receive quality PD care.
  3. Clinical trial enrollment among certain under-studied communities does not match their representation in the population.
  4. Differences in clinical features, response to treatment, co-morbidities, prevalence, natural history, genetics and biomarkers among various under-studied PD populations have not been fully explored.

Projects should address one of these four issues. Projects can be designed to detect inequities or differences, understand the reasons for the inequities or differences, or test an intervention to improve disparities.


All research scientists in the field of Parkinson’s research can apply, including those from outside the US.

Application Process and Proposal

Description of the proposed research plan should not exceed three (3) pages and should consist of background, specific aims, research design, and a statement of significance for Parkinson disease research. In addition, the applicant’s NIH biosketch is required. The application requests a list of all current and pending support, including sponsoring agency, amount and dates for awards, and should indicate how other sponsored research complements or supplements the present proposal.

The three page limit only applies to the length of the proposal, not the entire application. The three-page limit also does not include references.


Funding is not to be used for:

  • Indirect costs or institutional overhead
  • Salary for the principal investigator higher than $50,000.
  • Travel expenses.
  • Publication costs higher than $1,000.
  • Equipment costs higher than $8,000.

Grant Disbursement

Funds will be awarded as follows:

  • 50% on or about September 2022.
  • 25% on receipt of an acceptable six (6) month scientific report.
  • 25% on receipt of acceptable twelve (12) month scientific and financial reports.


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