Research Funding

Occupational Therapy in Parkinson’s Disease Intervention

Deadline: May 15, 2020

The Michael J. Fox Foundation, in collaboration with the American Occupational Therapy Foundation, has issued a Request for Applications for its Occupational Therapy in Parkinson’s Disease Intervention Research Program.

Through the program, grants of up to $100,000 over two years will be awarded in support of research focused on occupational therapy interventions for Parkinson’s disease. Grant objectives include efforts to lay the necessary groundwork for larger studies that evaluate the effectiveness of occupational therapy interventions on occupation, participation, and health; align with future funding priorities and intended sources of funding; develop interventions that are client-centered, occupation-based, theory-driven, and manualized; lead to efficacy (research under tightly controlled conditions) or effectiveness (research under real-world conditions) trials; cultivate interdisciplinary research teams and partner with communities; and/or include underserved and diverse populations in research.

Research priorities used to establish funding priorities include health behaviors to prevent and manage chronic conditions; functional cognition; safety and injury prevention in home, clinical and community settings; technology and environmental supports in home and community; development and transitions for individuals and families; emotional and physiological influences; family and caregiver needs; and healthcare experience (access, care coordination, utilization, etc.).

To be eligible, PIs must have a terminal research degree or an OTD with advanced research training (such as completion of a research fellowship) and be employed by a U.S. domestic, public or private, nonprofit organization/institution that is eligible to receive foundation research grants and will provide assurance of its accountability and support for the project. PIs may be U.S. citizen or non-citizen nationals, permanent residents, or have applied for permanent residence.

Letters of Intent are due May 15. Upon review, selected applicants will be invited to submit a full proposal by July 31, 2020.

See the Michael J. Fox Foundation website for complete program guidelines and application instructions.

Link to Complete RFP

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