We have invested $1.2 million in funding of early-phase research that focuses on exercise, speech, movement and other factors that affect quality of life.

Call for Applications 2014

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Call for Applications

An active commitment to support and fund research focused on improving the quality of life for people living with Parkinson’s disease is central to advancing the Davis Phinney Foundation’s mission of helping people with Parkinson’s to live well today. The Foundation is calling for Letters of Intent (LOI) from researchers and program directors during the period commencing January 17, 2014 and concluding March 21, 2014. Interested applicants should complete one LOI for each project for which funding is being requested; up to three LOIs from a single researcher may be submitted. This call for applications regards two separate funding tracks; one for researchers based in Colorado, and one for general researchers, based inside or outside of Colorado.

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Budget and Time Constraints

During this grant cycle, the Davis Phinney Foundation will commit up to $110,000 to be used for research and/or program costs, and up to an additional $28,000 to be used for research specifically in Colorado and/or program costs in Colorado. The total amount may be disbursed in a single award or (most likely) multiple awards, for duration of up to two years. Research and programs requesting funding must begin in 2014. These budgets reflect our dedication to supporting smaller, innovative studies that will be substantially impacted by a grant of this size.

Resubmission Policy

Resubmissions of previously reviewed applications will be accepted only if the proposal has been changed significantly or if changes in response to feedback generated by the review process have been made. Previously declined full applications that have not been changed will not be considered. Only one application per program or study should be submitted; Applicants requesting funding under both funding awards can indicate submission to both awards by checking both on the application form.

Funding Source

The Davis Phinney Foundation’s 2014 General Research Funding Award is made possible by an annual revenue allocation earmarked for Parkinson’s quality of life research, and the Foundation’s 2014 Colorado Research Funding Award is made possible by a bequest to the Parkinson’s Association of the Rockies.

Key Dates/Deadlines

Please note: late submissions will not be considered.

  • Letter of Intent deadline: 5:00pm MST, March 21, 2014
  • Notification of invitation to apply: April 11, 2014
  • Full application deadline: May 16, 2014
  • Notification of award(s): July 10, 2014

Research Priorities

The Davis Phinney Foundation is committed to funding the most promising research aimed at therapeutics and lifestyle choices that promote living well with Parkinson’s disease today and every day. We tend to fund smaller, innovative studies designed to demonstrate proof of concept, paving the way for larger studies or clinical trials.

Our investments tend to fall into two areas:

  • We invest in programs that can have an immediate impact in the lives of people with Parkinson’s today; and
  • We fund research that explores a range of factors that affect quality of life. Our primary interest is in funding research related to movement; however, we have also funded research on DBS, speech, and telemedicine.

Eligibility and Selection Criteria

Letters of Intent will be evaluated on criteria such as:

  • Relevance to the Davis Phinney Foundation’s research priorities;
  • Innovation in the applicable field;
  • Potential positive impact on the Parkinson’s community; and
  • Budget and timeframe.

Full Applications will be evaluated on criteria such as:

  • Relevance to the Davis Phinney Foundation’s research priorities;
  • Appropriate investigator, faculty, and/or institutional support availability;
  • Validity of scientific or program design;
  • Innovation in the field;
  • Ability to have an immediate impact in the lives of people living with Parkinson’s;
  • Environment, requirements, duration of study/program suitable for the abilities and accommodations needed for people living with Parkinson’s;
  • Adherence to timeline and budget; and
  • Articulated significant (and measurable) outcomes.

Submission of Application

Completed LOIs can be emailed to Davis Phinney Foundation Program Associate, Lis Geraci, at by 5:00 pm (MST) on March 21, 2014 with the subject line “Research Funding Application (lead investigator’s last name).” Applicants will be notified by April 11, 2014, whether they have been invited by the Foundation’s Science Advisory Board to submit a full application.

If you have any questions about the Research Funding Awards, please contact Lis Geraci well before the March 21, 2014 deadline. Please note that late submissions will not be considered.

Contact Information

Davis Phinney Foundation
1722 14th Street, Suite 150
Boulder, CO 80301
Polly Dawkins
Phone: (720) 259-0906