Conference Awards

Conference Awards

Conference Awards support the gathering of experts in the field working to address unsolved clinical or basic science problems relevant to Parkinson's disease. 

All applications should demonstrate the potential to advance the field of Parkinson's research. We require publicly available meeting results. Applicants may use this award to:

  • Identify or define emerging research questions
  • Plan or organize a clinical trial|
  • Standardize research methods

Potential topics are wide-ranging, but examples include showing the importance of synaptic pathology in Parkinson's gene therapy, selecting standard measures of cognitive function for Parkinson's clinical trials or establishing an impulse control disorder rating scale.

The Parkinson's Foundation commits to including the perspective and experience of people living with PD in the research process. We highly encourage applicants to incorporate a community engagement component into award applications.

We periodically make $45,000 available with a maximum of $15,000 per award. Most awards will be $10,000. We encourage multiple funding partners, including contributions from the applicant institution itself. We may also consider competitive, follow-up applications in the future.


Conference Awards are open to both national and international independent investigators with postdoctoral training or a medical degree (or the equivalent).


  • We encourage planned or proposed funding partners but require they be named in advance.
  • If one or more of the proposed funding partners is a for-profit entity, e.g., a pharmaceutical company, the source must make its support in the form of an unrestricted educational award.
  • Conference results must be publicly available.
  • Conferences may not be for social or networking purposes.
  • The Parkinson's Foundation expects that each meeting or conference will engage members of the Parkinson's community.


We require online submission of all applications; we will not accept paper copies. The application period is open year-round. We accept applications anytime, though applicants must submit them at least 90 days prior to proposed conference start date. Applicants can review application instructions for further information.

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Review and Decisions

We peer review all Conference Award proposals, competitively ranking them based on scientific merit and Parkinson's disease (PD) impact. We make final decisions four to six weeks after application submissions. Funding may commence immediately upon award notification.

Reporting Requirements and Other Terms

We require applicants who successfully receive Parkinson's Foundation funding for their conference to identify the foundation as a support source in all conference materials and advertisements, in all presentations and in any subsequent publications.

As conference sponsors, we require as-needed, complimentary registration for a Parkinson's Foundation designated staff member or guests.

As part of the Parkinson's Foundation's public-sharing goal, we may post conference-related information, such as the notice or agenda on our website. At minimum, we require you submit a brief, 200-word lay summary after the conference.

Additional Questions

The Parkinson's Foundation recommends those considering applying for this award, or who have questions regarding how to best include members of the Parkinson's community, contact us at or (212) 923-4700. Review our Application FAQ for answers to general questions.

Previous Meeting Sponsorships ($55,000)

Gordon Research Conference on Parkinson's Disease | $50,000
Andrew Singleton, Ph.D., National Institutes of Health (Chair), J. Timothy Greenamyre, Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh (Co-Chair)

20 Years of Alpha-synuclein in Parkinson's Disease and Related Synucleinopathies: From Bedside to Bench and Back to the Patient | $3,000
Leonidas Stefanis, M.D., Ph.D., University of Athens Medical School (Chair), Kostas Vekrellis, Ph.D., Biomedical Research Foundation of the Academy of Athens (Co-Chair)

American Society for Neural Therapy and Repair Travel Grants | $2,000
Fredric Manfredsson, Ph.D., Michigan State University


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