New Study Proposal Toolkit

The identification of new research initiatives, the creation of innovative and unique research projects and the nurturing of new investigators and coordinators are the cornerstones of the Parkinson Study Group’s collaborative efforts and are essential to our goal of advancing knowledge.

The Scientific Review Committee (SRC) will review all research proposals coming to the PSG. The Mentoring Committee (MC) reviews proposals submitted for the Mentored Clinical Research Award program.

The PSG encourages projects which include retrospective analyses of PSG clinical trial databases. We have compiled a list of all the PSG databases that are available. Please see the PSG Database Inventory and the PSG Data Sharing Resources for more information. More specific study-related information can be found in two inventories of assessments: A list of measures included in each study can be found in the Database Inventory Assessments Spreadsheet, and more detailed information about variable coding and frequency of collection can be found in the Variable Collection and Coding Inventory.

Proposing investigators should review prior PSG studies to see if their question has already been addressed and explain why their project should go forward if it appears similar to another. Click to download PSG Proposals Approved/Awarded for detailed information.

The documents below establish the procedures and assist with the planning for new study proposals to be evaluated, reviewed and considered for approval as formal Parkinson Study Group projects. The same documents are to be used when applying for the Mentored Clinical Research Award.

Click on the links to download any of the following:

Procedures for Submission and Review of New Study Proposals (9 pages)

Example of a new proposal (doc)

Template of a new proposal (doc)

PSG Rationale, Review Criteria, Scoring System and Procedure for Rating and Selection of Research Proposals (4 pages)

Outline for Review of Proposals Submitted to the PSG (1 page)

Attachment 1 – Application Face Page (2 pages)

Attachment 2 – Example of Protocol Template

Template of Protocol Synopsis and Schedule of Activities (doc)

Attachment 3 – Checklist (1 page)

To review examples of projects that retrospectively analyzed PSG clinical trial databases, please see the following publications:

Below are two examples of successful mentored research award proposals. Click on a link to download the file.

For questions about the PSG New Study Proposal Toolkit, or for problems accessing the PDF files or hyperlinks, please email Sarah Sperling.

Featured link: Parkinson’s Foundation Patient Engagement.
The Parkinson’s Foundation can match you with trained Research Advocates and recommend how they can help in all research studies — from preclinical to phase IV studies and in observational and non-pharmacological interventional trials.

If you are interested in working with a Parkinson’s Foundation Research Advocate, please contact Karlin Schroeder, Senior Director, Community Engagement at or our Helpline at 1-800-4PD-INFO (473-4636). We can discuss projects you have in mind, as well as suggest ways to collaborate with Research Advocates to improve your studies and speed the research process.