The ASAP Collaborative Research Network

The ASAP Collaborative Research Network (CRN) is the first of its kind to foster an environment that facilitates the rapid and free exchange of scientific ideas to spark new discoveries for Parkinson’s disease (PD). 

The CRN is an international, multidisciplinary, and multi-institutional network of collaborating investigators working to address high-priority basic science questions. Teams are awarded grant funding through request for applications in partnership with the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research (MJFF).


35 Teams Funded

$290M+ in Grant Funding Awarded Over Four Years

163 Investigators Total as Team Leaders



Team Leaders are Women



Team Leaders are Early-Career Investigators



Countries Represented Across Team Leadership



Institutions Across Team Leaders



of Teams report having Team Leads that are new to PD research

Explore the Grantees

ASAP’s CRN is focused on three key scientific themes related to Parkinson’s disease (PD) – functional genomics, neuro-immune interactions, and circuitry and brain-body interactions. Investigators on these teams bring the breadth of their collective experience to the PD field as they come from multiple disciplines, institutions, career stages, and geographies. Together, they share in ASAP’s mission to improve our understanding of PD development and progression through collaboration, resource generation, and data sharing.

Learn about the work of the fourteen awarded teams.

Learn about the work of the seven awarded teams.

Learn about the work of the fourteen awarded teams.

In 2021 we announced the second round—and the third group—of the ASAP CRN grantees focused on circuitry and brain-body interactions, to complete our network.
We also kicked off the production phase for teams undertaking PD functional genomics and neuro-immune reactions and marked the beginning of the fully operational phase for our network.
All grantees have access to the ASAP Hub where they interact and work in partnership with others in the network.