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Parekh Center for Interdisciplinary Neurology Request for Pilot Project Grants Applications

The Parekh Center for Integrative Neurology is proud to announce the following request for applications (RFA) for the Parekh Center Pilot Research Program (PCPRP). This program provides pilot funding to support creative, collaborative projects that are designed to significantly increase our understanding of neurological diseases and disorders. Grants are open to all research faculty at NYU Langone, with the provision that the research aims are not descriptive of a single disease pathology or etiology. Special consideration will be given to those projects that focus on the center’s goals of cross-disciplinary, cross-disease research.

Application Process

The 2021–22 application cycle is closed. Applications for the 2022–23 program will open in October 2022.

Research Objectives

The PCPRP is designed to support new connections across departments and institutes that study neurodegenerative diseases, as well as foster new collaborations between basic and clinical research groups at NYU Langone Health. The Parekh Center for Interdisciplinary Neurology is interested in understanding immune, glial, or microbiome dysfunction shared across multiple neurodevelopmental and neurodegenerative diseases and explore therapeutic approaches based on the knowledge.

Proposed investigations addressing these areas will be prioritized but need not be limited to them. The purpose of each award is to support investigators who champion high-risk, high-reward projects that disrupt convention and consequently have a transformational impact on the field.


Eligible applicants include faculty members in all academic tracks of NYU Langone whose proposals fit the criteria listed below. Students and postdoctoral fellows are not eligible to apply.


There is no set limit on the budget and the detail is not required for your letter of intent (LOI). Once invited for a full proposal, the budget guideline will be provided. The budget can include efforts of the personnel including the principal investigator (PI), students, travel, and facilities fees.

Award Selection Process

LOIs will be reviewed by a selection committee, led by the center’s directors and advisory committee, comprising faculty across multiple disciplines and departments including but not limited to the Departments of Neurology and Psychiatry; the Division Infectious Diseases and Immunology; the Neuroscience Institute; and the Center for Human Genetics and Genomics.

Primary criteria for funding of these awards include the following:

  • the applicant’s capacity to conduct bold, exceptionally creative research
  • the novelty and creativity of the proposed research
  • the potential impact for prevention, diagnosis, and treatment or basic understanding of neurological diseases and disorders
  • the current limited resources of the applicant to pursue the proposed research based on traditional funding models
  • the extent of collaborations among various departments, divisions, and disciplines
  • projects that focus on a single disease-specific mechanism will be less competitive
  • projects that bring together diverse groups of researchers (defined by gender, underrepresented minorities, or differentially abled individuals) or focus on nontraditional patient cohorts/diseases will be strongly competitive

If you have any questions about the program or how to apply, please email us at