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Funding Opportunities


A Request for Application document is attached to each funding opportunity description, along with a link to the online Research Application System. Application deadlines are also listed with each description and on the Important Dates page of the Research section of this website.

All applicants are encouraged to read the Application Guidelines and complete a Biographical Sketch Form.

If you would like to be added to our email list for Request for Applications and/or funding announcements, or for any other inquiries, please contact:

Julie Wysocki
Director, National Research Program
julie.wysocki@parkinson.ca
Tel: (416) 227-3382 or 1 (800)565-3000 ext. 3382
Fax: (416) 227-9600


Research Awards


Pilot Project Grants

Duration: 1 year (non-renewable)
Funds Available: Maximum $45,000 - Pilot projects make up 25 to 50 per cent of the annual research budget.
Request for Application Release Date: November 23, 2015
Deadline for Applications: February 1, 2016 (5 p.m. EST)

Through this initiative, Parkinson Canada invites grant applications from professionals committed to conducting novel, emerging, or innovative research in areas relevant to the cure, cause, prevention, improved treatment and/or understanding of Parkinson’s disease and its implications on society. This program is, therefore, a strategic initiative to encourage established investigators to enter into the study of Parkinson’s disease and perform research in new, specifically targeted, high priority areas.

By committing 25 to 50 per cent of its annual research budget to Pilot projects, PSC is positioning itself as a committed supporter of Canadian research potential. PSC anticipates that funded projects in this program may lead to subsequent substantial grants from larger granting institutions. This critical “seed money” aims to foster new development and “grow” new ideas and approaches to Parkinson’s research.

Request for Application
Online Application Submission »


New Investigator Award Grants

Duration: 2 years (non-renewable)
Funds Available: $45,000/year
Request for Application Release Date: November 23, 2015
Deadline: February 1, 2016 (5 p.m. EST)

During the initial period of their independent careers, new investigators are in a good position to formulate innovative and fertile research projects. This program is a strategic initiative to provide investigators who have recently completed research training with an early opportunity to develop and demonstrate ability to initiate and conduct independent health research. This program, therefore, is part of an active investment in the future of Parkinson’s research in Canada, supporting promising individual researchers in their professional development. 

Request for Application
Online Application Submission »


Training Awards


Basic Research Fellowship

Duration: 2 years
Funds Available: $40,000 - $50,000/year
Request for Application Release Date: November 23, 2015
Deadline for Applications: February 1, 2016 (5 p.m. EST)

The basic research fellowship program is a strategic initiative to encourage promising young scientists possessing a doctoral qualification (MD or PhD) in medicine to enter the field of Parkinson's research and to invest in research training that offers promise for future work in the area of Parkinson’s disease. Funds awarded under the Program are to be used to cover salary, benefits and expenses for research fellowships in Parkinson's-related areas.

Through this initiative, PSC invites fellowship applications from applicants committed to conducting biomedical research in areas relevant to the cure, cause, prevention, improved treatment and/or understanding of Parkinson’s disease. 

Request for Application
Online Application Submission »


Clinical Movement Disorder Fellowship

Duration: 1 year
Funds Available: $50,000/year
Request for Application Release Date: November 23, 2015
Deadline for Applications: February 1, 2016 (5 p.m. EST)

Parkinson Canada wants to ensure that each Canadian with Parkinson’s receives appropriate medical expertise, drug treatment, support services, continuous care, educational resources, respect, dignity, help and hope.  This fellowship represents the first step in achieving part of our goal of ensuring that these critical elements in the day-to-day management of Parkinson’s are accessible and available.

The Clinical Movement Disorders fellowship program is a strategic initiative to encourage promising young clinicians to enter into clinical training in the subspecialty of Movement Disorders, which will include Parkinson’s disease.  The purpose of this post-residency training is to provide expertise in the diagnosis and management of Parkinson’s disease and may include other movement disorders.  Clinical training is the largest component of this hands-on program, but it could include an element of research. 

Request for Application
Online Application Submission »


Graduate Student Award

Duration: 2 years
Funds Available: $20,000/year (includes $5,000/year contribution from supervisors)
Request for Application Release Date: November 23, 2015
Deadline for Applications: February 1, 2016 (5 p.m. EST)

The graduate student award program is a strategic initiative to encourage promising young scientists to enter the field of Parkinson's research and to invest in research training that offers promise for future work in the area of Parkinson's disease. PSC wishes to encourage continued growth and revitalization in the fields of Parkinson's research in Canada by supporting talented young scientists and providing students with an opportunity to enter into the area of Parkinson's research during the early stages of their training. Funds awarded under the Program are to be used to cover salaries for research training in Parkinson's-related areas.

Through this initiative, PSC invites applications from those committed to conducting biomedical research in areas relevant to the cure, cause, prevention, improved treatment and/or understanding of Parkinson's disease.

The Program is available to only those students engaged in full-time research training in a graduate school. At the time of application, all candidates must be enrolled in a graduate study program at the Master's or PhD level. 

Request for Application
Online Application Submission »


Clinical Research Fellowship

Duration: 2 years
Funds Available: $50,000/year
Request for Application Release Date: November 23, 2015
Deadline for Applications: February 1 2016
Relative to the needs of Canadians with Parkinson’s, there is currently a shortage of leaders involved in Parkinson’s service and clinical research programs in Canada. PSC believes that this shortage of medical specialists, neurologists or neurosurgeons with experience both in the critical management of Parkinson’s and in its clinical research, has the potential to worsen in the next few years.

The clinical research fellowship program, therefore, is a strategic initiative to encourage promising young scientists possessing a doctoral qualification (MD) in medicine to enter the field of Parkinson's clinical research and to invest in research training that offers promise for future work in the area of Parkinson’s disease. Funds awarded under the Program are to be used to cover salary, benefits and expenses for clinical research fellow.

Request for Applications
Online Application Submission