Department of Defense Parkinson’s Research Program (PRP): Funding Pre-Announcements 2016

The Department of Defense Parkinson’s Research Program (PRP) supports research of exceptional scientific merit leading to an understanding of the cause, prevention, and treatment of the loss of dopaminergic neurons in the substantia nigra that result in Parkinson’s disease.

The PRP is providing the information in this pre-announcement to allow investigators time to plan and develop applications. It is anticipated that full announcements will be posted on the Grants.Gov website and in the Research Branch Bulletin in July 2016.

Applications must address at least one of the Focus Areas noted below:

  • Studies of the neurovascular unit (including neurons, glia, the microvasculature, and the blood-brain barrier) in Parkinson’s disease and changes associated with its treatment. (For both award mechanisms.)
  • Identification and evaluation of mechanisms in early Parkinson’s disease involving olfactory, microbiome, gastrointestinal, and/or autonomic nervous systems. (For both award mechanisms.)
  • Mechanisms of neuroplasticity and compensation in Parkinson’s disease, such as influences of sleep, exercise, and diet. (For both award mechanisms.)
  • Underlying factors influencing the progression in Parkinson’s disease in specific community-based populations (e.g., Veterans) to identify the heterogeneity of Parkinson’s disease. (For Impact Award applications only.)


Focused Idea Award

Supports conceptually innovative research that could lead to critical discoveries in Parkinson’s disease research and/or patient care.

  • Eligibility: Assistant Professor level or above (or equivalent)
  • Funding: Maximum funding of US $350,000 (approx. AUD $472,000)
  • Duration: Maximum period of performance is 3 years

Impact Award

Supports high-impact, potentially high-risk, studies that address at least one of the FY16 PRP Focus Areas.

  • Eligibility: Assistant Professor level or above (or equivalent)
  • Funding:
    • (Individual PI’s) Maximum of US $3M (approx. AUD $4M)
    • (Partnering PI) Maximum of US $5M (approx. AUD $6.8M)
  • Duration: Maximum period of performance is 4 years 


Submission deadlines are not available until the Program Announcement(s) is released.

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