Deadline: 03/12/2021 


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 2021. 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 disparities and/or biological differences among under-represented PD communities. A recent APDA conference presented the existing data concerning PD in diverse populations, reported successes in this area from other disciplines and highlighted the experience of PD patients from various racial and ethnic groups. It also allowed for active discussion of the unanswered questions in the field. Current research has established the following:

  1. Diagnosis of PD among some under-represented communities is delayed as compared to Caucasian patients.
  2. Some under-represented communities are less likely to receive quality PD care.
  3. Clinical trial enrollment among certain under-represented communities is lower than in Caucasian patients.
  4. Biologic differences (clinical features, response to treatment, co-morbidities, prevalence, natural history, genetics, biomarkers) between racial or ethnic communities have not been fully explored.

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


All research scientists in the field of Parkinson’s research can apply.

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. The applicant’s NIH biosketch should be included. The applicant should list all current and pending support, including sponsoring agency, amount and dates for awards. The application 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 2021.
  • 25% on receipt of an acceptable six (6) month scientific report.
  • 25% on receipt of acceptable twelve (12) month scientific and financial reports.


Click here to read more about the APDA Diversity in Parkinson’s Disease Research Conference.