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.

Key documents

Funding opportunities

Please note: The New Investigator Awards Program is not available in 2023-2025. All independent investigators are encouraged to apply to the Pilot Project Grants Program.


Pilot Project Grant

  • One-year duration 
  • Maximum funding of $75,000 
  • Pilot Project Program grants intend to foster novel, high-potential projects, and ideas with a trajectory for major grants with larger granting institutions 

Targeted Competition: Progressive Supranuclear Palsy (PSP) – 1 Pilot Project Grant 

In addition to general funding opportunities that encompass the breadth of topics in Parkinson’s disease research, Parkinson Canada invites applications for a targeted Pilot Project Grant on Progressive Supranuclear Palsy (PSP). In response to this call, Parkinson Canada intends to fund one Pilot Project Grant up to $75,000 for one year. 

Independent researchers are eligible to apply. Refer to general Pilot Project Grant RFA for application guidelines and instructions. Select Progressive Supranuclear Palsy (PSP) as primary area of research in the online application system. 

Graduate Student Award

  • Two-year duration 
  • $10,000 per year  
  • 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. 

Partnership Awards (See RFA for details) 

  • Parkinson Canada and Fonds de recherche du Québec – Santé (FRQS) Partnership Awards 
  • Parkinson Canada and New Brunswick Health Research Foundation (NBHR) Partnership Awards 

Basic Research Fellowship

  • Two-year duration 
  • $40,000 – $50,000 per year  *(See RFA for more information) 
  • Candidates must hold a doctoral degree (MD or PhD) obtained in the last 5 years and be conducting research relevant to the cure, cause, prevention, improved treatment and/or understanding of Parkinson’s disease or related disorders. 

Partnership Awards (See RFA for details) 

  • Parkinson Canada and Fonds de recherche du Québec – Santé (FRQS) Partnership Awards 
  • Parkinson Canada and New Brunswick Health Research Foundation (NBHR) Partnership Awards 
  • Parkinson Canada and Saskatchewan Health Research Foundation (SKRH) Partnership Awards 

Clinical Research Fellowship

  • Two-year duration 
  • $75,000 per year 
  • Medical doctor with specialty training in either clinical neurology or neurosurgery seeking to gain further fellowship training in the diagnosis and treatment of Parkinson’s and related movement disorders. In addition to clinical training, this award is intended for applicants conducting research relevant to the cure, cause, prevention, improved treatment and/or understanding of Parkinson’s disease or related disorders. 

Clinical Movement Disorder Fellowship

  • One-year duration 
  • $75,000 per year 
  • Medical doctor with specialty training in either clinical neurology or neurosurgery seeking to gain further fellowship training in the diagnosis and treatment of Parkinson’s and related movement disorders.  

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Digital Health Application Grant 

  • One award available for funding 
  • Maximum funding of $300,000 
  • The intent of the Parkinson’s Digital Health Application Grant is to fund the enhancement and evaluation of a health app that will engage people living with Parkinson’s and support their approach to wellness by offering education, and wellness tracking metrics to empower them to optimize their health. 

View the Digital Health App Guidelines 

New Investigator Award Program 

  • Two-year duration 
  • $45,000 per year 
  • For junior faculty in a Canadian university in the first 5 years of their career as a research scientist in Canada. 

Important Dates

  • 2023-2025 Competition Cycle Launch: November 15, 2022 
  • Application Submission Deadline: February 6, 2023 (11:59 PM EST) 
  • Anticipated Notification of Awards: May 2023 
  • Funding Start Date for Clinical Research Fellowships & Clinical Movement Disorder Fellowships: July 2023 
  • Funding Start Date for Remaining Awards: August 2023 

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