This award acts as a bridge to ensure promising early career scientists stay in the Parkinson’s research field, helping us solve, treat and end the disease. In today’s funding environment, as young scientists navigate the path from mentored to independent research, they face a “valley of death” between their scientific potential and the funding they need to make it happen. This award can stem Parkinson’s research talent loss.
In conjunction with their institution’s commitment, the award gives junior investigators the support they need to develop their own independent funding source (such as an NIH R01 award) and stay in the PD research field. Becoming an independent research leader with his or her own research space is the ultimate goal.
Junior faculty members possessing a Ph.D., M.D., or equivalent are eligible to apply. Applicants must meet the National Institutes of Health (NIH) definition of a “new investigator.” The Parkinson’s Foundation anticipates the typical applicant will hold an assistant professor level position with up to several years of experience. We will consider earlier stage faculty and those with more experience provided they meet the above eligibility criteria.
The award is open to applicants, regardless of citizenship, who are residents and faculty members at institutions in the U.S. and Canada.
Please contact Lynn Wong if you are interested in applying to this opportunity.