Center of Excellence Program

Funding Agency:
Parkinson's Foundation

The Parkinson’s Foundation believes interdisciplinary research is a key approach to finding a solution to Parkinson’s disease (PD). Parkinson’s is a multifaceted and extremely complex disease, and it is likely no one scientist or laboratory has the answer. Moreover, team science involving experts with diverse backgrounds can shed new light on the disease in a way that could not be done by individuals alone.

The goal of the Parkinson’s Foundation Research Centers of Excellence is to provide funding for innovative team science at institutions working on a thematic area of Parkinson’s disease. The Foundation is interested in proposals that tackle critical issues or problems that are impeding progress in the field of PD research.

The Parkinson’s Foundation’s vision and mission stand on three pillars: understanding Parkinson’s through research, ensuring better care for people with Parkinson’s, and educating and empowering the community. As such, proposals that touch upon these pillars (for example, studies unraveling the pathophysiology of PD, preclinical work towards disease-modifying therapies, or symptomatic therapy for unmet clinical needs) will be given priority.

The Parkinson’s Foundation Centers of Excellence (COE) program recognizes medical centers that excel in the utilization of a specialized, multi-disciplinary team of Parkinson’s specialists to: provide the highest level of evidence-based patient-centered care; conduct relevant clinical research that is representative of patient priorities; demonstrate leadership in professional training; and conduct impactful patient education and community outreach.

Interested institutions must first submit a letter of intent (LOI) that will be peer-reviewed, scored, and ranked. Applicants receiving the highest rankings will be invited to submit a full application and identify a date to host a one-day on-site peer review visit. Designation of COE status will be communicated upon completion of all applicant site visits.

LOI Deadline: Feb. 22, 2019

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Eligibility Requirements

Private or public healthcare facilities in the US, including those based in academic institutions, may apply for designation as Parkinson’s Foundation Center of Excellence. All Centers must demonstrate a core focus on Parkinson’s and meet the application criteria provided below.

Priority will be given to: medical centers located in geographic areas where there is not currently a designated Center of Excellence; serve recognized underserved communities and provide clinical care, professional training and patient education to bordering cities and states.

  • Principal Investigators (PI) on the team should be faculty-level, established investigators who have made significant and unique contributions to the research being proposed. Teams should have at least 3 Principal Investigators.
  • Other team members should include postdoctoral fellows, graduate students, and research technicians who will be involved in the research.
  • Interdepartmental and inter-institutional collaborations are highly encouraged, bringing outstanding individuals outside the field of PD to the team.
  • If team members are all housed at the same institution, they should come from at least two different groups (i.e., separate sources of funding and laboratory space).
  • Teams should have access to core facilities at the institution.



Amount Description

Awards are $500,000 a year for 4 years, for a total award of $2,000,000. Up to 10% ($200,000) of the total award may be used towards indirect costs. 

Funding Type





Medical - Basic Science
Medical - Clinical Science
Medical - Translational

External Deadline

February 22, 2019