Released: April 25, 2024

Department of Defense
Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs (CDMRP)
Parkinson's Research Program
Anticipated Funding Opportunities for Fiscal Year 2024 (FY24)

The FY24 Defense Appropriations Act provides funding for the Parkinson's Research Program (PRP) to support Parkinson's disease (PD) research. The managing agent for the anticipated funding opportunities is the CDMRP at the U.S. Army Medical Research and Development Command (USAMRDC).

The PRP is providing the information in this pre-announcement to allow investigators time to plan and develop ideas for submission to the anticipated FY24 funding opportunities. This pre-announcement should not be construed as an obligation by the government. The FY24 PRP funding opportunity announcements for the following award mechanisms will be posted on the website. Pre-application and application deadlines will be available when the announcements are released.

Applications submitted to the FY24 PRP must address one or more of the following Focus Areas:

  • Biological mechanisms or biomarkers (e.g., fluid, imaging, tissue, devices) of unmet medical needs that could lead to the development of treatments for PD. Applications focused on laboratory models through to human participants would be considered. Examples of unmet medical needs of interest include, but are not limited to:
    • Non-motor
      • Cognitive
      • Psychiatric
      • Sleep and circadian rhythms disruptions
      • Autonomic
    • Motor
      • Tremor
      • Gait and balance
      • Dystonia
      • Dyskinesia

  • Interventions that address unmet medical needs of PD that include both clinical and preclinical models. Examples of interventions of interest include, but are not limited to:
    • Non-pharmacological
    • Surgical
    • Non-surgical devices
    • Non-invasive central nervous system stimulation
    • Biologicals
    • Pharmacological

    Award Mechanism PI Eligibility Key Mechanism Elements Funding
    Early Investigator Research Award

    Updated for FY24!
    Postdoctoral or clinical fellow, instructor, or assistant professor within 10 years of advanced degree or residency training completion (or equivalent)

    Verification of eligibility criteria must be provided in an Eligibility Statement signed by an appropriate institutional official and the Principal Investigator (PI).
    Supports PD research opportunities for investigators in the early stages of their careers.

    • The Early Investigator is considered the PI of the application and must exhibit strong potential for and commitment to pursuing a career as an investigator at the forefront of PD research; however, the PI is not required to have previous PD research experience.
    • Different research levels, based on the career status of the PI, are available.
      • Level 1: Postdoc: Applications must include at least one Mentor appropriate to the proposed research project who has experience in PD research and mentoring, as demonstrated by a record of active funding, recent publications, and successful mentorship. The selected Mentor(s) should also demonstrate a clear commitment to the development of the PI toward independence as a PD researcher.
      • Level 2: Junior faculty: Mentor not required but encouraged.
    • Preliminary data are required.

    • Clinical trials are not allowed.

    Applications to this award mechanism must address at least one of the three FY24 PRP Focus Areas.
    Level 1
    • Maximum funding of $200,000 in total costs.
    • Maximum period of performance is years.
    Level 2
    • Maximum funding of $500,000 in total costs.
    • Maximum period of performance is years.
    Investigator-Initiated Research Award

    Updated for FY24!
    Independent investigators at or above the level of assistant professor (or equivalent) Supports highly rigorous, multidisciplinary, high-impact research projects that have the potential to make an important contribution to PD research. This award mechanism supports the full spectrum of research from basic science through clinical research.

    • Preliminary data are required.
      • Any unpublished, preliminary data provided should originate from the laboratory of the PI or a member of the research team.
    • Clinical trials are allowed.
    • Partnering PI Option: Allows two PIs, termed Initiating and Partnering PIs, to collaborate on a single application.

    Applications to this award mechanism must address at least one of the three FY24 PRP Focus Areas.
  • Maximum funding of $2,000,000 in total costs.
  • Maximum period of performance is years.
  • A pre-application is required and must be submitted through the electronic Biomedical Research Application Portal (eBRAP) at prior to the pre-application deadline. All applications must conform to the final funding opportunity announcements that will be available for downloading from the website. The application package containing the required forms for each award mechanism will also be found on A listing of all CDMRP and other USAMRDC extramural funding opportunities can be obtained on the website by performing a basic search using CFDA Number 12.420.

    Submission deadlines are not available until the funding opportunity announcements are released. For email notification when announcements are released, subscribe to program-specific news and updates under "Email Subscriptions" on the eBRAP homepage at For more information about the PRP or other CDMRP-administered programs, please visit the CDMRP website (

    Point of Contact:

    CDMRP Public Affairs

Last updated Thursday, April 25, 2024