MJFF Grant Portal Privacy Policy

General: Your privacy is important to MJFF. This Policy explains our online information practices and outlines the choices you can make about what information you provide, how your data is collected, and how it is used.  MJFF uses a third party, SmartSimple, to administer the information that is obtained through your use of the Grant Portal (defined below).  By visiting the Grant Portal (accessed through either or you are consenting to the data collection procedures and terms and conditions expressed in this Policy.  

Partnership with ASAP: Aligning Science Across Parkinson’s (ASAP) is partnering with The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research (MJFF) to efficiently implement the ASAP funding program. The partnership enables ASAP to leverage MJFF’s grant administration and grantmaking infrastructure to receive applications, administer the review process and make grant awards to projects selected for funding. This Policy, therefore, is applicable to grants, applications, and information provided through the Grant Portal for ASAP purposes as well as MJFF purposes, and MJFF may share any information about you or your research project with ASAP in the joint administration of MJFF and ASAP's funding programs.

Purposes and Uses: Personally identifiable information (PII) entered into the MJFF Grant Portal (Grant Portal), and any information about you obtained through use of cookies, is used for grant proposal submission and processing, purposes related to MJFF’s administration of this joint program, and MJFF’s mission to serve Parkinson’s disease patients and work with the Parkinson’s disease scientific research community.  This may include aggregation of your information with other information and performance of analyses.  PII is information that is personal in nature that may be used to identify an individual. When a user account is established, PII is requested about users in the roles of applicants, awardees or the institutional organization staff/key personnel. Submission of this information is voluntary; however, in order to process a transaction, most fields are required.  

Security: Following login by an account holder, the associated grant-related information submitted by the user is collected, maintained, and disseminated through secure interfaces. Smart Simple and its hosting partners are SOC 2 complaint (SOC 2 is the most recognized compliance criteria for cloud vendors around the world). Furthermore, Smart Simple is compliant with the standards for PCI DSS Level 3, FIPS 140-2 encryption, and data in motion is encrypted using HTTP (Hyper Text Transfer Protocol) protocols combined with TLS (Transport Layer Security) ciphers to ensure security when transferring data. Information is also provided securely to the account holder, including the results of peer review, and the deliberations of Grant Review Committee established by MJFF to review the grant application. Except for internal administrative purposes, the grant application is treated as confidential until an award is made. Upon award, the title, principal investigator name(s), abstract of the project, award amount are disclosed publicly.

Notice to European Union Users: MJFF’s operations are located primarily in the United States. If you provide information to us, the information will be transferred out of the European Union and sent to the United States. By providing personal information to us, you are consenting to its storage and use as described in this Policy.

Acceptance of Terms: By using the Grant Portal, you accept the procedures and terms and conditions in this Privacy Policy. If you are not in agreement with our terms and conditions, then you should refrain from further use. In addition, your continued use of the Grant Portal following the posting of any updates or changes to our terms and conditions shall mean that you agree and in acceptance of such changes.

Conditions of Use, Notices, and Revisions: From time to time, MJFF conduct internal audits of its information practices and reserve the right to make changes to this policy. Changes to this Policy are also made to comply with evolving legal and regulatory requirements. MJFF reserves the right to make changes to this Policy at any given time. We advise you to visit this page frequently to make sure that you are up to date with the latest changes. If at any point in time MJFF decides to make use of any personally identifiable information on file in a manner vastly different from that which was stated when this information was initially collected, the user or users shall be notified by email.

Contacting Us: MJFF values your comments and opinions. If you have comments, questions or concerns about our privacy policy or if you would like access to the personal information you have provided, contact us via  Please allow 2-3 business days for a reply. When inquiries are emailed to us, the question/comment/opinions and the e-mail address information are stored so that an electronic response can be composed and sent.