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Scientists for Mentorship in Parkinson's Disease Research

Launch Award

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Parkinson's Foundation

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03/07/22 5:00 PM


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Opportunity to USA, Canada, and International early-career scientists with a PhD or MD to receive mentorship with the goal of becoming independent researchers in the field of Parkinson's disease. Applicants are required to submit an LOI prior to a full grant application. This is a two-stage program.

The Parkinson's Foundation identifies and supports talented postdoctoral fellows who have demonstrated a vision to help solve, treat, and end PD to ensure the PD community has the ideas and people necessary to address the causes, symptom progression, consequences, and treatments of this disease. The Foundation aims to help these young scientists transition and succeed in independent careers to maximize their impact in PD research.

The Launch Award will cultivate a strong cohort of new and talented independent investigators dedicated to PD research. The award will provide research support to outstanding postdoctoral researchers that will enable them to complete needed mentored training and transition promptly to independent research careers in the PD field. This award is a two-stage program consisting of a Mentored Stage (1-2 years) and an Independent Stage (up to 2 years). At the end of the funding period, it is expected that awardees will become independent research leaders with their own research space and research team. 

Mentored Stage: An expected 75% of the applicant's time is to be dedicated to research. The remaining 25% effort is for additional training, postdoctoral projects, and publishing of results.

Independent Stage: Ideally, the applicant will be ready to submit an NIH R01 or equivalent grant by the conclusion of a Launch Award.

Applicants from groups that have been historically underrepresented or excluded in the scientific workforce, including but not limited to racial and ethnic groups, sexual orientation and gender identities, individuals with mental/physical disabilities, and those from economically disadvantaged backgrounds, are especially encouraged.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 198727

Estimated Size of Grant:

A total of $400,000 for up to 4 years. The support during the two stages is as follows:

Mentored Stage:
The funds available for this stage are capped at $80,000 per year, including approximately $20,000 per year for research support. During the Mentored Stage, salary support will be commensurate with the institution's pay scale of up to $60,000.

Independent Stage:
The Independent Stage phase of the award has a total cost limit of $120,000 per year. Applicant salary support is permitted up to 40% of awarded funds, including fringe benefits. Deduction of indirect costs, not exceeding 10 percent of direct costs, from the total is allowed.

Term of Contract:

Two-stage program:
Mentored stage: 1-2 years
Independent stage: up to 2 years

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Applicant must possess a Ph.D., MD, or equivalent degree and be within 18 months to 6 years of completing that degree or clinical training at the time of application, including resubmission. Applicant must currently be in a postdoctoral or other mentored position and must name and provide a letter of support from an established investigator who will serve as the mentor and supervisor. Applicants requiring less than 12 months of mentored research training and career development are not eligible for this award. Applicants may not have their own lab or equivalent. US citizenship or permanent resident status are not required – international applicants are welcome.

Transition to the Independent Stage of the award is not automatic and will be subject to progress review. The successful transition depends upon the applicant obtaining a full-time independent researcher position at the US or international institution, as recognized by their respective institutions. This position would make the awardee eligible to apply for an NIH R01 or equivalent grant as a PI and lead an independent research team. The Foundation will evaluate the evidence of independence and institutional support based on individual institution’s regulations.

There is no provision for the fringe benefits or deduction of indirect cost during the Mentored Stage of the award.

Applicants may not hold concurrent research awards from the Foundation but are encouraged to leverage Launch Award funding for additional grant support.

Pre-Application Information:

- Opens: September 30, 2021
- LOI Due: November 16, 2021, 5:00 PM
- Application Due: March 7, 2022, 5:00 PM
- Award Notification: Late May 2022
- Award Begins: July 1, 2022

The application process is divided into two parts. Applicants will first send a letter of intent. If selected, the applicant will be invited to submit a full-length proposal.

Applicant must name and provide a letter of support from an established investigator who will serve as the mentor and supervisor.

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Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.


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Parkinson's Foundation
200 SE 1st Street, Ste 800
Miami, FL 33131

1359 Broadway, Ste 1509
New York, NY 10018, USA

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