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Grants to USA, Canada, and International Academic Centers to Support Fellowship Programs Related to Movement Disorders

Edmond J. Safra Fellowship in Movement Disorders

GrantWatch ID# 192610
Agency: Foundation

Funding Source
Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research
Array ( [0] => American Samoa (USA); [1] => Guam (USA); [2] => Puerto Rico (USA); [3] => Virgin Islands (USA); [4] => Northern Mariana Islands (USA); )

Geographic Focus
USA Territories: American Samoa (USA);   Guam (USA);   Puerto Rico (USA);   Virgin Islands (USA);   Northern Mariana Islands (USA);
USA Compact Free Associations:The Federated States of Micronesia (USA)   Marshall Islands (USA)   Republic of Palau (USA)
Canada:Alberta;   British Columbia;   Manitoba;   New Brunswick;   Newfoundland and Labrador;   Northwest Territories;   Nova Scotia;   Nunavut;   Ontario;   Prince Edward Island;   Quebec;   Saskatchewan;   Yukon;
International, Israel and Canada.

Important Dates
Deadline: 12/08/22 5:00 PM US ET

Grant Description
Grants to USA, Canada, and International academic centers to support fellowship programs for MD and MD/PhD applicants. Fellowships are intended to increase the number of trained specialists in the area of Parkinson's disease and other movement disorders. Grant funds may be used for fellows' stipends, benefits, travel, conferences, coursework, and other relevant educational opportunities.

The Edmond J. Safra Fellowship in Movement Disorders aims to grow the global base of movement disorder specialists — neurologists with additional training in Parkinson's disease and other movement disorders — by training movement disorder clinician-researchers who can provide expert care and lead scientific advances.

As the demand for movement disorder specialists increases, not enough neurologists are receiving vital training in Parkinson’s and related conditions. To address this need, The Michael J. Fox Foundation (MJFF), in collaboration with longtime partner the Edmond J. Safra Foundation, launched The Edmond J. Safra Fellowship in Movement Disorders. The program annually funds academic centers to train a new movement disorder clinician-researcher over a two-year period and is growing an international, collaborative network of next-generation leaders in Parkinson’s research and care.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Proactively fostering diversity, equity and inclusion in human studies and the provision of care is a critical aspect of helping patients live well with disease — and accelerating the development of better treatments that will benefit everyone. Training fellows to seek diversity in their study and care populations (to more closely reflect the overall population) and to serve underrepresented individuals and communities is fundamental to the mission of The Michael J. Fox Foundation. Diversity may refer to race, ethnicity, gender, age, abilities/disabilities, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, geographic region, disease experience and more. Centers applying for Edmond J. Safra Fellowship funding are requested to include information on their existing training programs and/or future plans for continuing this effort. (Examples may include, but are not limited to, clinical rotations with underserved populations, education in health care disparities and implicit bias in medical care, or training in diversifying research populations.) The purpose is to identify centers with the leadership and skills to engage in activities that would enhance the ability of the Edmond J. Safra Fellow to advance equitable access and diversity in research, education, health promotion and clinical care services. 


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Additional Criteria for Eligibility
The Edmond J. Safra Fellowship in Movement Disorders is open to established movement disorder centers worldwide and seeks to support promising MD and MD/PhD applicants.

MJFF awards funding directly to qualified centers which then identify the most competitive fellowship candidates. Centers must then nominate their prospective fellow, with submission of the fellow’s CV and a letter of recommendation, for final review by MJFF.

Previously awarded centers – except those that received an Edmond J. Safra Fellowship grant in the
most recent funding cycle – are eligible to apply.

As the program is designed to expand the capacity of leading centers to train movement disorder fellows, awarded centers must identify and support a new fellow. Funding cannot be used to support a fellow already enrolled in or selected for the center’s fellowship program. Individual fellows are not eligible for this funding but are encouraged to inform institutions about this opportunity.

No indirect costs may be claimed for this award.

Pre-Application Information
Deadline: Thursday, December 8, 2022, 5 p.m. U.S. ET

- Applications Due: Thursday, December 8, 2022, 5 p.m. U.S. ET
- Anticipated Award Announcement: Spring 2023
- Awarded Centers Identify Potential Fellows: September 2023 (or before)
- Final Selection of Fellows: October 2023
- Fellowship Begins: Summer 2024 (or before)

Each academic center may apply only once per cycle. More than one application per academic center will not be accepted.

Applicant Q&A Teleconference Recording:

Number of Grants
MJFF will award eight fellowships.

Estimated Size of Grant
$180,000 total, $90,000 per fellow per year

Term of Contract
Two years

Contact Information
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For questions about the application, please email

The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research
Grand Central Station
P.O. Box 4777
New York, NY 10163-4777

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