Clinician scientists are key experts who are vital to research involving those living with Parkinson’s disease. They bring lessons learned from the bedside to the bench, and from the bench to the bedside. Despite the projected increase in the number of people with Parkinson’s disease, there remains a shortage of those trained in the clinical research process necessary to advance therapies forward to benefit people living with PD.
Therefore, the Parkinson’s Foundation is sponsoring a research award intended to facilitate the development of clinician scientists.
This two-year award supports the research expenses of a clinician scientist whose clinically oriented research involves people living with Parkinson’s disease. Clinician scientists of all stages (from fellows to established faculty) may apply but preference will be given to the support of junior investigators. It is anticipated that 2-3 awards will be funded via this RFA.
Level of Support
The Parkinson’s Foundation Clinical Research Award is for $200,000 total over two years. Up to 10% of the award total, i.e., $20,000, may be used to defray indirect costs. Salary support is permitted but for no more than 40% of the recipient’s salary and capped at $50,000 per year.
This Award is open to all clinician-scientists who are licensed to care for patients regardless of nationality or location. Physicians must have completed a residency in neurology or be able to justify the relevance of their training pathway is of benefit to people with PD. Allied health professionals must hold an advanced research degree, typically a PhD. All applicants must demonstrate a significant research focus on PD.
Applicants who are fellows, in a mentored status or within 2 years of starting an independent position must identify an appropriate mentor with research experience to provide oversight of the proposed project. A letter of support from the mentor detailing their research experience, past mentoring success, and planned mentoring role will also be required.