Research Opportunities

Opportunities for Research Funding

For Fiscal Year 2020-2021 

APDA proudly invests in the most promising clinicians and scientific projects focused on the discovery of the cause(s) and finding the cure for Parkinson’s disease. APDA is committed to scientific research and has been a funding partner in most major Parkinson’s disease scientific breakthroughs investing more than $49 million in research since 1961. Many APDA funded researchers have successfully leveraged pilot data to secure multi-million dollar grants through the National Institutes of Health.

APDA’s focus is to bring the best new talent to the field of Parkinson’s disease research through the following grant programs:

George C. Cotzias, MD, Memorial Fellowships: Academic Year 2020-2021

Deadline: 03/12/2020

Dr. George C. Cotzias was a pathfinder in the pharmacologic exploration of brain functions and in the treatment of Parkinson’s disease with levodopa. It is to honor the memory of the late Dr. Cotzias and to stimulate young neurologists to follow his leadership that American Parkinson Disease Association has established the George C. Cotzias Fellowship.

One hundred thousand dollars ($100,000) will be awarded each year for salary and research expenses for three consecutive years providing the required conditions are met to satisfaction of the APDA Scientific Advisory Board, and the APDA Board of Directors.

The applicants will receive notification of the decision in July 2020. The APDA grant year runs from September 1st to August 31st.

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Research Grants: Academic Year 2020-2021

Deadline: 03/12/2020

One year grants up to a maximum of $75,000 will be awarded to research scientists (MD, MD/PhD, or PhD). The same investigator can reapply the following year to be considered for a second consecutive year of funding. When submitting applications for a grant on the same subject for the second consecutive year, the applicant will also submit a report of the results obtained during the prior APDA funding years.

The applicants will receive notification of the decision in July 2020. The APDA grant year runs from September 1st to August 31st.

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Post-Doctoral Fellowships: Academic Year 2020-2021

Deadline: 03/12/2020

One year fellowships up to a maximum of $50,000 will be awarded to post-doctoral (MD, MD/PhD, or PhD) research trainees. These fellowships are not-renewable for a second year of funding.

The applicants will receive notification of the decision in July 2020. The APDA fellowship year runs from September 1st to August 31st.

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Review Process and the APDA Scientific Advisory Board

American Parkinson Disease Association grants are awarded through a competitive application process and reviewed by APDA’s Scientific Advisory Board (SAB). The SAB is comprised of scientists with nationally recognized expertise in a variety of leading-edge research areas within the field of Parkinson’s disease. A rigorous review and scoring process of the applications is conducted by the SAB when it convenes annually to review the proposals. In order to be considered for funding, only applications which meet the highest quality are recommended for approval by the SAB.

Rules and Regulations

The funding of all fellowships, research grants, including the Cotzias will be limited to scientists affiliated with institutions located within the United States, independent from the nationality of the applicants. Only applicants for Cotzias Fellowships have to be US Citizens or permanent residents. All applications will be reviewed by the APDA Scientific Advisory Board and its recommendations submitted for consideration by the APDA Executive Committee.


More Information

For further information please contact Heather Gray at 800-223-2732 ext. 117 or hgray@apdaparkinson.org