Notice of Intent to Publish a Funding Opportunity Announcement for NINDS Exploratory Grant Program in Parkinson's Disease Research (P20- Clinical Trial Optional) (P20 Clinical Trial Optional)

Notice Number: NOT-NS-20-058

Key Dates
Release Date: April 30, 2020
Estimated Publication Date of Funding Opportunity Announcement: June 25, 2020
First Estimated Application Due Date: September 25, 2020
Earliest Estimated Award Date: July 01, 2021
Earliest Estimated Start Date: July 01, 2021

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National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS)


The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) intends to publish a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) to solicit applications for an Exploratory Grant Program in Parkinson's Disease Research. This initiative will request Exploratory Grantapplications for the planning and initiation of collaborative efforts to advance Parkinson's Disease (PD) research. The goal of this program is to formalize new interdisciplinary teams to address critical gaps in PD research and establish a foundation of research discovery leading directly to an NINDS Morris K. Udall Center of Excellence for PD Research (P50) application.

This Notice is being provided to allow potential applicants sufficient time to develop meaningful collaborations and responsive projects.

The FOA is expected to be published in Summer 2020 with an expected application due date in Autumn 2020.

This FOA will utilize the Exploratory Grant (P20) activity code. Details of the planned FOA are provided below.

Ressearch Initiative Details

This Notice encourages investigators with expertise and insights into Parkinson's Disease (PD) research to begin to consider applying for this new FOA.

This initiative encourages PD research examining the mechanisms that underlie the effects of PD, as well as research designed to improve the translation of existing knowledge of strategies for the prevention and treatment of PD.

The purpose of this FOA for Exploratory Grant (P20) applications is to support the formation of new interdisciplinary research teams and innovative approaches to address current challenges in PD research. Through this mechanism, the NINDS seeks to develop synergistic, proof-of-concept research efforts around investigator-defined thematic areas. The overall goal is to encourage the formation of new collaborative teams to develop a novel research plan, construct an effective administrative organization, create standardized policies/procedures, and gather rigorous preliminary data in support of novel ideas to address urgent gaps and emergent issues in PD research. Successful Exploratory Grant activities should lead directly to the submission of a competitive NINDS Morris K. Udall Center of Excellence (P50) application.?

A P20 application will include an Overall section, an Administrative Core and a minimum of three research feasibility projects, one of which will be led by an Early Stage Investigator (ESI). Research Cores are not within scope. The Exploratory Grant will provide up to two years of support.

NINDS funding decisions will focus primarily on scientific merit, i.e., on those applications that are most likely to make innovative contributions to PD research and that demonstrate potential to submit a Udall Center application at the end of the Exploratory Grant project period.

Funding Information
Estimated Total FundingThe NINDS intends to commit up to $1,800,000 in FY2021. The number of awards is contingent upon NIH appropriations and the submission of sufficiently meritorious applications.
Expected Number of Awards4
Estimated Award Ceiling Application budgets are limited to $300,000 direct costs per year (exclusive of facilities and administrative costs of subcontracts with collaborating institutions). Budget requests should reflect the actual needs of the proposed project.
Primary CFDA Numbers 93.853

Anticipated Eligible Organizations

Private Institution of Higher Education
Public/State Controlled Institution of Higher Education
Nonprofit with 501(c)(3) IRS Status (Other than Institution of Higher Education)
Small Business
For-Profit Organization (Other than Small Business)
State Government
Indian/Native American Tribal Government (Federally Recognized)
County governments
Independent school districts
Public housing authorities/Indian housing authorities
Indian/Native American Tribally Designated Organization (Native American tribal organizations (other than Federally recognized tribal governments)
U.S. Territory or Possession
Indian/Native American Tribal Government (Other than Federally Recognized)
Regional Organization
Eligible Agencies of the Federal Government
Applications are not being solicited at this time.


Please direct all inquiries to:

Beth-Anne Sieber, PhD
National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS)
(301) 496-5680