The application deadline for the 2024-2026 Research Competition has now passed. Stay tuned for award results to be released in April 2024. 

The Parkinson Canada Research Program supports promising researchers as they discover new ways to understand and diagnose Parkinson’s disease, new treatments, and ways to improve quality of life for people impacted by Parkinson’s.

To submit an application, please make an account or log into our Research Application System.

WHAT’S NEW

Travel Award Program 

  • Parkinson Canada is pleased to offer funding for Travel Awards to exceptional trainees to support their participation in research and clinical conferences in Parkinson’s Disease, including presenting their research and furthering their clinical and research training. Travel awards are valued at $1,000 (for travel to conferences with North America) or $1,500 (for travel to conference outside of North America) per award. See below for further information and how to apply. 

Key documents

Funding opportunities


Travel Award Program

Parkinson Canada is pleased to provide travel awards to support exceptional trainees to attend globally-recognized conferences related to Parkinson’s Disease, so that they can present their research, further their education and participate in career-building activities. Awards will be valued at $1,000 (conferences within North America, or $1,500 (conferences outside of North America). A maximum of 1 travel award may be granted to members of the same lab or clinic. Awarded Funds are intended to cover costs for conference registration, transportation to the event and accommodation. For more information on the program and award policies click here. 

Eligible Conferences

Conference  Meeting Date  Meeting Location  Deadline to Apply for Award 
MDS-PAS Translational Research Course  March 1-2, 2024  Toronto, Canada  Feb. 1, 2024 
AD/PD  March 5-9, 2024  Lisbon, Portugal  Feb. 29, 2024 
Planning for Prevention of Parkinson’s: A Trial Design Forum May 5-7, 2024  Boston, USA  April 14, 2024 
International Congress of Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders  Sept. 27-Oct. 1, 2024  Philadelphia, USA  Sept. 14, 2024 
Other Conferences related to PD  Any  Any  Rolling deadline 

Where to Apply

  1. MDS-PAS Translational Research Conference – click here to apply.
  2. Planning for Prevention of Parkinson’s: Attendees have the opportunity to present a poster of their own conference-related research (click here to register for the conference and/or submit an abstract for a poster presentation). Attendees with an accepted poster abstract are eligible for a limited number of travel awards from the conference organizer (to apply use abstract submission portal) or from Parkinson Canada (to apply use SMApply link below)
  3. All other conferences – Apply on Parkinson Canada’s Research Application Website (SMApply)

Pilot Project Grant (PPG)

  • Up to $75,000 (1-year term)
  • To foster novel, high-potential projects, and ideas with a trajectory for major grants with larger granting institutions

Graduate Student Award (GSA)

  • $20,000 per year (2-year term)
  • Full-time graduate students at the PhD level conducting research relevant to the cure, cause, prevention, improved treatment and/or understanding of Parkinson’s disease or related disorders.

Note: The Graduate Student Award for the Master’s level is not available.  

GSA Partnership Awards

  • Parkinson Canada/Fonds de recherche du Québec – Santé (FRQS) Partnership Award.
    • For candidates submitting applications to the Parkinson Canada/FRQS Partnership Program, funding amounts are $27,500/year for years 1 & 2. Additionally, candidates are eligible for funding for years 3 & 4 at the FRQS base award value ($25,000/year) as per regular FRQS competitions. Candidates for the Parkinson Canada/FRQS funding opportunity must submit applications to both FRQS and to Parkinson Canada and must indicate that this has been done. Research supported under this Program must be carried out at a University or affiliated institution (including hospitals and research institutes) within the province of Quebec.
  • Parkinson Canada/ResearchNB Partnership Award
    • Candidates must submit applications to Parkinson Canada only and indicate on their application that they wish to be considered for this partnership award. Research under this Program must be carried out at a post-secondary educational institution, regional health authority or research institute within the Province of New Brunswick. Two awards in this partnered funding program for the postdoctoral research fellowship will be eligible for an additional $5,000/year supplement.

Postdoctoral Research Fellowship (PRF)

  • $45,000 per year (2-year term)
  • Candidates must hold a doctoral degree (PhD or MD) obtained in the last 5 years and are exclusively conducting research relevant to the cure, cause, prevention, improved treatment and/or understanding of Parkinson’s disease or related disorders.

PRF Partnership Awards

  • Parkinson Canada/Fonds de recherche du Québec – Santé (FRQS) Partnership Award.
    • Candidates must submit applications to both Parkinson Canada and FRQS and indicate on their application that they wish to be considered for this partnership award. The program offers up to two years of joint support with the possibility of renewal for a third year from FRQS. Stipends in this program for fellowship candidates are the same as that which is offered for the Postdoctoral Research Fellowship. The amount of funding available for the third year is based on eligibility for funding renewal in their third year as per regular FRQS competitions and is restricted to FRQS regular funding amounts. Please see FRQS funding guidelines for 2024-2026 amounts.
  • Parkinson Canada/ResearchNB Partnership Program
    • Candidates must submit applications to Parkinson Canada only and indicate on their application that they wish to be considered for this partnership award. Research under this Program must be carried out at a post-secondary educational institution, regional health authority or research institute within the Province of New Brunswick. One award in this partnered funding program for the postdoctoral research fellowship will be eligible for an additional $10,000/year supplement.
  • Parkinson Canada/Saskatchewan Health Research Foundation (SHRF) Partnership Program
    • Candidates must submit applications to Parkinson Canada only and indicate on their application that they wish to be considered for this partnership award. Research supported under this Program must be carried out at a University or affiliated institution (including hospitals and research institutes), within the Province of Saskatchewan. For more information please visit the SHRF website (SHRF). Funding is available for 1 awardee in this program for fellowship candidates are the same as that which is offered for the Postdoctoral Research Fellowships plus a $10,000/year research supplement.

Clinician Scientist Research Fellowship (CSRF)

  • $50,000 per year or $75,000 per year (2-year term)
  • For applicants who are actively pursuing a research project related to Parkinson’s Disease while concurrently undergoing clinical training.
    • $50,000 per year for Residents in Neurology/Neurosurgery
    • $75,000 per year for Clinical Fellows

CSRF Partnership Awards

  • Parkinson Canada/ResearchNB Partnership Program
    • Candidates must submit applications to Parkinson Canada only and indicate on their application that they wish to be considered for this partnership award. Research under this Program must be carried out at a post-secondary educational institution, regional health authority or research institute within the Province of New Brunswick. One award in this partnered funding program for the postdoctoral research fellowship will be eligible for an additional $10,000/year supplement.
  • Parkinson Canada/Saskatchewan Health Research Foundation (SHRF) Partnership Program
  • Candidates must submit applications to Parkinson Canada only and indicate on their application that they wish to be considered for this partnership award. Research supported under this Program must be carried out at a University or affiliated institution (including hospitals and research institutes), within the Province of Saskatchewan. For more information please visit the SHRF website (SHRF). Funding is available for 1 awardee in this program for fellowship candidates are the same as that which is offered for the Postdoctoral Research Fellowships plus a $10,000/year research supplement.

Clinical Movement Disorder Fellowship (CMDF)

  • $75,000 per year (1-year term)
  • A training award for applicants who are enrolled in a clinical fellowship for movement disorders.

New Investigator Award

  • $45,000 per year (3-year term)
  • A project grant to encourage and support early career researchers in the field of Parkinson’s Disease who were appointed to their first faculty appointment within the last 5 years. 

 


Important Dates

  • 2024-2026 Competition Cycle Launch: September 15, 2023  
  • Application Submission Deadline: December 5, 2023 (11:59 PM EST)
  • Anticipated Notification of Awards: April-May 2024  
  • Funding Start Date for Clinical Research Fellowships & Clinical Movement Disorder Fellowships: July 2024  
  • Funding Start Date for Remaining Awards: August 2024  
  • The updated Request for Applications will be uploaded shortly

Further details about each award are included in the Request for Applications and Terms & Conditions documents at the top of the page. For questions about our Research Competition, please see our FAQ page. For questions related to using the Research Application System, please see the Survey Monkey Apply Support Page.

Inquiries

Email: research@parkinson.ca 
Phone: 1-800-565-3000