The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) intends to publish a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) to solicit applications for the Morris K. Udall Centers of Excellence for Parkinson’s Disease Research program. The overarching goal of this program is to establish a network of specialized 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 national leaders in PD research. Udall Centers also serve as local resources by providing research career enhancement activities for Center investigators and periodic outreach to the PD patient/advocacy community
Applicants to the Udall Centers program will identify and address an overall research theme that defines a critical challenge in PD research. The Center theme, proposed research projects, and associated cores will inform the etiology, pathogenesis or treatment of PD; investigations on related synucleinopathies may be included if such directly address the identified PD research challenge. Programmatic requirements of this FOA include: three or more Research Projects, including a dedicated Udall Catalyst project led by a junior investigator; an Administrative Core; at least one integrated Research Core that is essential to and accelerates the progress of two or more Research Projects; a mission statement for career enhancement of Center investigators, and a plan for periodic outreach to the local patient/advocacy community, including specific outreach events to convey Center research advances.