Impact Awards

Impact Awards

All ideas in science start with a seed that when grown can have profound impact upon the community. However, these great ideas may never be explored because great ideas often need funding to grow. For this reason, the Parkinson's Foundation is supporting innovative projects that need support to see their maximum impact on the Parkinson's community.

Program Overview

The Parkinson's Foundation Impact Awards are designed for researchers both established and new to the field of PD. Projects should be "outside the box" with the goal of bringing new light to the biology of Parkinson's, a new approach to Parkinson’s research, or testing a truly novel therapeutic idea. Projects should be based on unconventional ideas that are unlikely to be funded through more traditional funding mechanisms. Our goal is to provide the support that will enable researchers to test new ideas with an impact to the PD community and generate compelling results that will facilitate continued investment from the Parkinson’s Foundation and other funders.

Level of Support

Awards are up to a maximum of $150,000 for 12-18 months. Up to 10% ($15,000) of the total award may be used towards indirect costs. Salary support is permitted for no more than 40% of the principal investigator’s salary and capped at $50,000.


This award is open to scientists with a PhD or MD, regardless of nationality or location. Only independent investigators are welcome to apply. We will consider applications from Instructors who can demonstrate that they will begin a tenure-track position (as shown by a support letter from their department chair). All applications must demonstrate a significant research focus and impact on PD.

Application Instructions and Deadlines

A peer-review committee will review the Letters of Intent (LOI), and proposals deemed meritorious and of interest will be invited for a full application, due within five to six weeks of the LOI decision. A detailed budget is required with the full application. Please see our deadlines page for current deadlines. Click on the Apply Now button for additional information and the pdf files of this program’s details.

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Questions and Additional Information

Please contact with any questions regarding this award.



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