Diversity in Parkinson’s Disease Research Grant

Diversity in Parkinson’s Disease Research Grant: Academic Year 2024-2025

Letter of Intent due: Dec 16, 2023.

Invitation for full application: Early February 2024

Full Application due: April 2024

Award details

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

The applicants will receive notification of the decision in June 2024. The APDA grant year runs from September 1st, 2024, to August 31st, 2025.


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

Required information in the Letter of Intent:

  1. Provide an overview of research activities to be carried out. You can upload figures in supplemental materials. (400 words)
  2. Highlight the novelty of the current research as well as the relevance and potential significance of the findings to the PD community (100 words)
  3. Indicate collaborations with other internal or external researchers/organizations. (50 words)
  4. Explain why your institution and your lab are equipped to perform this research (100 words)
  5. Provide a narrative of how the budget will be allocated (% personnel, % equipment, etc.) (50 words)
  6. Citations (unlimited)

 In addition, the applicant’s NIH biosketch is required.


10% of the funding can be used for indirect costs

Funding is not to be used for:

  • 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 2023.
  • 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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