Cerebral Palsy Research - USA

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The Research Foundation of Cerebral Palsy Alliance has a strong on-going commitment to funding high quality research in cerebral palsy.


We will accept applications from individuals, groups of researchers, committees or project-focused foundations. Chief Investigators must be employed through an Institution e.g. Hospital, University, Institute.

From 2016, the Grants Program is supported by the Research Foundation of Cerebral Palsy Alliance based in Australia, and in the USA. As a result, researchers who are based in the USA are able to submit their proposed budget in US dollars. All other international applicants will need to submit their budget in AU dollars.

Please ensure your project addresses the Research Foundation’s priorities to expand cerebral palsy research:

  • Aetiology, causal pathways
  • Prevention
  • Early identification, early intervention
  • Novel interventions, novel treatments
  • Cure

In the 2017 grants round, we have a special call for applications that address the following research priorities:

  1. Cerebral Palsy Pain Management. To accomplish this goal, we are seeking projects that propose a new paradigm for solving the significant problem of pain, for people with cerebral palsy. Preference will be given to proposals that utilize team science methodology, collaboration among researchers from diverse scientific fields, and a strong commitment to streamlined translation of basic science to clinical relevance. Priority will also be given to knowledge translation projects that result in improved clinical management of pain.
  2. Prevention of cerebral palsy following prematurity in high, middle and low income countries.

Projects NOT addressing the abovementioned priorities WILL ALSO be considered. We seek to promote discovery in prevention, cure and best management of cerebral palsy.

You may find it useful to review our current and past grant recipients.

For international applicants (other than those based in the USA): it is important to note that the budget must be submitted in Australian dollars (AUD$), to a maximum of AUD$250,000. All grants are awarded in Australian dollars only and will be subject to the currency exchange rate at the point of bank transfer. Please ensure you consider the exchange rate between your home country and the Australian dollar when you prepare your budget. The total amount requested in the application, and the budget detail, must be in AUD$.

For researchers based in the USA, please prepare your proposed budget in US dollars, to a maximum of US$180,000 (ie approximate equivalent to AUD$250,000).

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Project Grant

Step 1 Complete a Project Grant application online (links will be live from 1 July 2017)
Step 2 Applications for 2017 open on 1 July 2017 and close on 31 August 2017.
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Career Development Grant

Step 1 Complete a Career Development Grant application online (links will be live from 1 July 2017)
Step 2 Applications for 2017 open on 1 July 2017 and close on 31 August 2017.
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The Career Development Grants are to be used by the award recipient for any of the activities as listed below to assist in the recipient’s career pursuits including:

    • Fellowships or PhD scholarships
    • travel associated with conducting research or presenting research findings
    • presenting or attending a relevant research conference
    • employment of research personnel to support the recipient’s research project
    • the purchase of research materials and consumables related to the recipient’s research project.