Research Opportunities

Opportunities for Research Funding

For Fiscal Year 2019-2020 

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:

APDA Centers for Advanced Research: Call for Applications

The APDA Centers for Advanced Research are a core part of the research programs sponsored by the APDA and serve to accelerate research on treatments and cures for Parkinson disease. An Advanced Center should be led by a director with an international reputation and a track record of outstanding research in Parkinson disease. The Center should be located at an institution with a substantial existing programs of Parkinson patient care as well as clinical and translational research relevant to Parkinson disease. The Center should involve a multidisciplinary team of scientific and clinical investigators well positioned to engage in innovative, high impact PD research. The Centers serve as an educational resource for the Parkinson community, and provide training for physicians, postdoctoral fellows, graduate students, medical students, and health care professionals. Integration with existing APDA programs, including research programs, Information and Referral Centers, and regional APDA Chapters is encouraged. Support for the Centers is an annual award of $100,000. Descriptions of the existing Advanced Centers are posted at:

Instructions for Letter of Intent

Interested individuals or organizations should provide a one page letter of intent including the following:

  1. A description of the proposed Center Director’s experience and qualifications.
  1. Overall description of the proposed Center for Advanced Research, summarizing research themes and clinical, research, educational and administrative infrastructure available to support the Center. Discuss how Center resources will be leveraged to expand the resources available for Parkinson research.
  1. An overview of the institution/center’s past and current relationship with APDA programs

Please provide your letter of intent no later than December 1, 2018.  Please email this letter to Heather Gray, Programs and Research Manager at . Invitations to submit a full center proposal will go out December 15, 2018.


George C. Cotzias, MD, Memorial Fellowships: Academic Year 2019-2020

Deadline: 03/12/2019

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 2019. The APDA grant year runs from September 1st to August 31st.

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Research Grants: Academic Year 2019-2020

Deadline: 03/12/2019

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 2019. The APDA grant year runs from September 1st to August 31st.

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Post-Doctoral Fellowships: Academic Year 2019-2020

Deadline: 03/12/2019

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 2019. The APDA fellowship year runs from September 1st to August 31st.

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Summer Student Fellowships

In 2015, APDA and the Parkinson’s Foundation (PF) partnered to expand their existing Summer Student Fellowships Programs, which supports students – from advanced undergraduates to medical students – in their pursuit of Parkinson’s-related summer research projects. The goal of the APDA-PF Summer Student Fellowships is to cultivate students’ early interest in helping to solve, treat and end Parkinson’s and providing the tools they need to transition into leaders in the field.

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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