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Application Instructions

Conference Award Application Instructions, Deadlines and Funding Dates


We require online submission of all applications; we will not accept paper copies. The application period is open year-round. We accept applications anytime, though applicants must submit them at least 90 days prior to proposed conference start date. Applicants can review application instructions for further information.

Download Advancing Parkinson’s Treatments Conference Award Application Instructions and Checklist

Review and Decisions

We peer review all Conference Award proposals, competitively ranking them based on scientific merit and Parkinson’s disease (PD) impact. We make final decisions four to six weeks after application submissions. Funding may commence immediately upon award notification.

Reporting Requirements and Other Terms

We require applicants who successfully receive Parkinson’s Foundation funding for their conference to identify the foundation as a support source in all conference materials and advertisements, in all presentations and in any subsequent publications.

As conference sponsors, we require as-needed, complimentary registration for a Parkinson’s Foundation designated staff member or guests.

As part of the Parkinson’s Foundation’s public-sharing goal, we may post conference-related information, such as the notice or agenda on our website. At minimum, we require you submit a brief, 200-word lay summary after the conference.

Additional Questions

The Parkinson’s Foundation recommends those considering applying for this award, or who have questions regarding how to best include members of the Parkinson’s community, contact us at or (212) 923-4700. Dr. Beth Vernaleo and Dr. James Beck are the points of contact for this award. Review our Application FAQ for answers to general questions.

Parkinson’s Advocates in Research (PAIR) Leadership Award A pplication Instructions and Deadlines


The application deadline is Thursday, June 1. We require online application submission at; we will not accept paper copies. Interested applicants should contact Karlin Schroeder prior to submitting applications at or (646) 388-7641.

Applicants should submit a maximum of a three-page proposal, formatted with no less than 1-inch margins and in an 11-point Arial font or equivalent on a U.S. letter-sized page. Organize the application into the following sections:

  • Project summary – no more than 150 words
  • Project description, including relevance to patient engagement and furthering scientific research
  • Timeline
  • Project evaluation plan
  • Project team (including Parkinson's Foundation Research Advocates/patient advocates)
  • Budget

In addition to the application outlined above, we require a support letter from at least one person with Parkinson's who is a project team member. The letter should describe the individual's relationship with the applicant, the role of people with Parkinson’s in the project and why the person supports the proposed project.

Review & Decisions

Use awards 12 months from the time of issue. Final Decisions are usually made within three to five weeks of application submission.  

Reporting Requirements

We require PAIR Leadership Award recipients to appropriately acknowledge the Parkinson's Foundation in conjunction with the publication or presentation of any research results supported, either in whole or in part, by this award. At the end of the award period, applicants must also provide a written summary of their accomplishments. We require awardees present their projects at quarterly conference calls with Parkinson’s Foundation staff and other PAIR Leadership Award recipients.

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