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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

  • CLIA Lab for Genetic Testing RFP
    August 9, 2019

    We are seeking a CLIA laboratory to conduct genetic testing on samples from people who may carry a Parkinson's-related mutation.

    Accepting Proposals
  • The Edmond J. Safra Fellowship in Movement Disorders
    December 13, 2019

    Movement disorder specialists (neurologists with subspecialty training in Parkinson's disease and other movement disorders) serve as an important bridge between scientific advances in the lab and positive patient outcomes in the care setting.

    $90,000 per fellow per year

Programs in Review

  • Biology of Astrocytes in Parkinson’s Disease

    The Michael J. Fox Foundation will award one-year to 18-month grants for studies that explore the role of astrocytes in Parkinson’s disease (PD) pathology and the potential for astrocyte-focused therapeutics. The goals of this funding program are to further understanding of astrocyte biology in Parkinson’s and to rationalize the pursuit of astrocyte-specific targets and/or pathways for the treatment of the disease.

    Up to $150,000
  • Assay Development and Validation for Quantifying Oligomeric Alpha-Synuclein

    The Michael J. Fox Foundation will award one-year grants for research to advance the development, optimization and validation of assays to quantify oligomeric alpha-synuclein in human body fluids. Prior research suggests that alpha-synuclein quantification in accessible body fluids may serve as a biomarker of disease diagnosis, target engagement, pharmacodynamic response and/or patient stratification.

    Up to $200,000
  • Imaging Biomarkers to Track Disease Progression and Therapeutic Efficacy

    The Michael J. Fox Foundation will award one- to three-year grants to develop imaging markers for use in disease-modifying clinical trials. Imaging is a powerful tool that can be used to visualize the structure and function of the brain in living subjects. While a variety of imaging techniques are available, none have been demonstrated to be a sensitive, specific and reliable biomarker test for the presence and progression of PD.

    Up to $750,000
  • Therapeutic Pipeline Program

    The Michael J. Fox Foundation seeks applications with potential for fundamentally altering disease course and/or significantly improving treatment of symptoms above and beyond current standards of care. The Therapeutic Pipeline Program is an Edmond J. Safra Core Program for PD Research.

    Up to $500,000 (pre-clinical or applied tech) or up to $2 million (clinical)
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