Impact Awards

Funding Agency:
Parkinson's Foundation

Impact Awards are designed for researchers both established and new to the field of PD. Projects should be "outside the box" with the goal of bringing new light to the biology of Parkinson's, a new approach to Parkinson’s research, or testing a truly novel therapeutic idea. Projects should be based on unconventional ideas that are unlikely to be funded through more traditional funding mechanisms. Our goal is to provide the support that will enable researchers to test new ideas with an impact to the PD community and generate compelling results that will facilitate continued investment from the Parkinson’s Foundation and other funders.

Letters of Intent (LOI) will be reviewed, and proposals deemed meritorious and of interest will be invited for a full application, which will be due within 5 weeks of the LOI decision.


  • Required LOI Due: Oct. 27, 2023
  • Application Due: February 22, 2024

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Eligibility Requirements

This award is open to scientists with a PhD or MD, regardless of nationality or location. Only independent investigators are welcome to apply. We will consider applications from Instructors who can demonstrate that they will begin a tenure-track position (as shown by a support letter from their department chair). All applications must demonstrate a significant research focus and impact on PD.



Amount Description

Awards are up to a maximum of $150,000 for 12-18 months. Up to 10% ($15,000) of the total award may be used towards indirect costs. Salary support is permitted for no more than 40% of the principal investigator’s salary and capped at $50,000.

Funding Type



Junior Faculty
Post Doctoral Fellows


Medical - Basic Science
Medical - Clinical Science
Medical - Translational

External Deadline

October 27, 2023