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The Michael J. Fox Foundation works tirelessly to accelerate promising research toward breakthroughs for people with Parkinson's.

Our funding programs support basic, translational and clinical research from academia and industry. In addition to funding, awardees benefit from working with our internal research staff and broad network of scientific and industry advisors.

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Open Programs

  • Promoting Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in Parkinson’s Disease Research
    Objective:
    The Michael J. Fox Foundation seeks applications with the potential to increase knowledge about Parkinson’s disease in populations that have been excluded from or underrepresented in research.
  • The Edmond J. Safra Fellowship in Movement Disorders
    Objective:
    The Edmond J. Safra Fellowship in Movement Disorders aims to grow the global base of movement disorder specialists — neurologists with additional training in Parkinson's disease and other movement disorders — by training movement disorder clinician-researchers who can provide expert care and lead scientific advances.

Programs in Review

  • ASAP Collaborative Research Network: Circuitry and Brain-body Interactions
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    Objective:
    The ASAP Collaborative Research Network, a program of the Aligning Science Across Parkinson’s (ASAP) initiative being implemented through The Michael J. Fox Foundation, seeks to support multidisciplinary, multi-institutional research teams to address key knowledge gaps in the basic mechanisms that contribute to Parkinson’s development and progression.
  • Target Advancement Program
    Objective:
    The Michael J. Fox Foundation seeks applications that leverage and translate basic research to enable therapeutic development.
  • Development and Validation of Improved Outcome Measures
    Objective:
    The Michael J. Fox Foundation (MJFF) seeks applications to develop objective biomarkers that can support therapeutic development in Parkinson’s.
  • Analysis of Patient-Reported Outcomes from Fox Insight
    Objective:
    This Request for Applications (RFA) seeks to fund analyses of the patient-reported outcomes (PROs) and genetic data collected through the Fox Insight study.
  • PIPETTE: 4R Tau and Alpha-Synuclein PET Tracer Development
    Objective:
    The PIPETTE Consortium (Philanthropic Investments in PET TracErs) is a funding partnership formed in 2017 by The Michael J. Fox Foundation and Rainwater Charitable Foundation (conveners of the Tau Consortium).
  • Accelerating Publication of Parkinson’s Disease Replication Data
    Objective:
    To address the bias toward the publication of novel positive results, The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research (MJFF) and the Journal of Parkinson’s Disease (JPD) invite researchers to “open their notebooks” and submit unpublished results from experiments that attempted to replicate previously published findings from other laboratories.
  • Investigating Environmental Factors that Increase the Risk for Parkinson’s Disease
    Objective:
    The purpose of this Request for Applications (RFA) is to investigate environmental exposures, such as chemicals or toxic emissions, that increase the risk of PD and/or influence disease progression.
  • Parkinson’s Pathway Biomarkers
    Objective:
    The Michael J. Fox Foundation seeks applications with the potential to develop new/better biomarkers for measuring pathway function or dysfunction that can support therapeutic development for affected pathways in Parkinson’s disease (PD).
  • Occupational Therapy in Parkinson’s Disease Intervention
    Objective:
    This program seeks to fund research to investigate occupational therapy interventions in Parkinson's disease.

Closed Programs

  • ASAP Collaborative Research Network
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    Objective:
    The ASAP Collaborative Research Network, a program of the Aligning Science Across Parkinson’s (ASAP) initiative being implemented through The Michael J. Fox Foundation, seeks to support international, multidisciplinary, multi-institutional research teams to address key knowledge gaps in the basic disease mechanisms that contribute to Parkinson’s development and progression.
  • Ken Griffin Alpha-synuclein Imaging Competition
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    Objective:
    The Michael J. Fox Foundation has prioritized alpha-synuclein imaging as the most likely imaging approach to have an impact for therapeutic development. The goal of this $10-million funding program is to deliver a selective alpha-synuclein PET tracer for use in clinical studies.
  • BEAT-PD (Biomarker and Endpoint Assessment to Track Parkinson’s Disease) DREAM Challenge
    Objective:
    BEAT-PD is a data challenge designed to benchmark new methods to predict Parkinson’s disease progression. Specifically, its objective is to determine whether disease severity and progression can be assessed from passive sensor data collected during daily life.
  • Therapeutic Pipeline Program
    Objective:
    The Michael J. Fox Foundation supports studies with potential for fundamentally altering disease course and/or significantly improving treatment of symptoms above and beyond current standards of care.
  • Use of Parkinson’s Disease Biosamples
    Objective:
    The Michael J. Fox Foundation seeks to facilitate access and use of our cohort biosamples. Applicants could request these human biosamples and associated grant funding for target validation or biomarker development programs.
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