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NINDS Neuroscience Funding Announcements

Morris K. Udall Centers of Excellence for Parkinson's Disease Research (P50)

Funding Contact(s): Beth-Anne Sieber, Ph.D.
Funding Categories: Neurodegeneration

Brief Description:

This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) invites applications for the Morris K. Udall Centers of Excellence for Parkinson’s Disease Research program. The overarching goal of the specialized Udall Centers program is to establish a network of Centers that work collaboratively as well as independently to define the causes of and discover improved treatments for Parkinson’s disease (PD). A more immediate goal for each Center is to rapidly advance synergistic, interdisciplinary research programs while serving as local resources and national leaders in PD research. The overall theme, proposed research projects, and associated cores must inform the etiology, pathogenesis or treatment of PD. Investigations on related synucleinopathies may be included, to the extent that these directly inform PD research. Required components include: 1) a minimum of three research projects; 2) research cores that are essential to accomplish the aims of proposed research projects, plus an Administrative Core; and 3) a specific plan for training of PD researchers. The NINDS Udall Centers program prioritizes innovative and integrative research with significant potential for discovery. A considerable degree of synergy must be evident among Center research projects and cores, such that successful completion of the aims could not be accomplished without the Center structure. The Udall Center Director (PD/PI) must be an established leader in scientific research with visionary leadership skills and proven expertise in research project and personnel management. Eligible institutions must demonstrate commitment to and support for the establishment and continuation of the proposed Udall Center. Funding decisions will focus on those applications most likely to make innovative contributions to PD research, as well as those with greatest potential to contribute new ideas to and collaborate effectively across the Centers program.

Grant Mechanism: P50
NIH Guide: RFA-NS-14-003
Release Date: 2014-04-28
Expiration Date: 2014-07-01