Emerging Researcher Grant

Applicant Guidelines

Emerging Researcher Grant

Cerebral Palsy Alliance Research Foundation (CPARF) is committed to funding the best and brightest US-based researchers to change what’s possible for cerebral palsy. Emerging Researcher Grants are for people seeking to establish careers in cerebral palsy research. Overarching requirements include demonstrated research capability and a desire to establish a career in the field of cerebral palsy research. Applicants should detail how this grant will support them as an independent researcher and how it will increase upward movement for their career. This award can be seen as ‘seeding’ funding for the applicant’s future research.


Peggy Harianto
Grants and Contracts Manager

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Grants are awarded for research that must be completed within 2 years. The maximum amount that can be requested is US$75,000. The grant may be used for consumables and other research-related expenses. It may also be used to provide salary support, with the exception of academic professional supervisors or senior researchers.

CPARF will only fund direct costs related to the award’s objective. Grant awards must not be used for indirect costs including infrastructure, overhead, or administration costs, all of which should be provided as standard support by researchers’ administering institutions.

  • Applicants must be based in the United States of America.
  • Applicants must not be studying for a PhD degree.
  • Applicants must be a maximum of five years beyond attaining their most recent postgraduate degree.
  • Studied topic must contribute to the field of cerebral palsy research.
  • The application process will be completed in two stages. The first stage is an expression of interest (EOI). The highest-ranked applications will be invited to submit a full application outlining research plan and budget.
  • Applicants must use the online application forms (EOI and full application) accessible from CPARF’s website.
  • All sections of the application form must be completed.
  • One chief investigator and a maximum of five associate investigators can be included in the application. Applicants must seek consent from all investigators prior the submission of EOI. Failure to do so may remove an application from consideration.
  • Justification for the salary budget must be provided.
  • Grants will generally be made for activities, rather than for items or equipment.
  • Applicants must nominate a single administering institution to manage the grant.
  • If a project is chosen for funding, CPARF will make a grant agreement with the nominated administering institution.

We will send an email acknowledging any and all applications submitted before the closing date.

  • EOIs will be assessed by the CPARF steering committee.
  • Full applications are peer-reviewed by internal and external reviewers with relevant research expertise.
  • Successful applicants will be chosen based on peer review score and alignment to organizational  strategy. This decision is final, and due to time constraints, we cannot provide individual feedback or comments.

Please refer to the peer review assessment guidelines available on the website for further details on scoring.

  • The initial grant award payment begins after the grant agreement is executed.
  • The grant award will be paid through the administering institution associated with and nominated by the grant recipient.
  • Payments will never be made to individual bank accounts.
  • Subsequent grant payments will only be made upon receipt of satisfactory reports and invoices issued by the administering institution.
  • Grant recipients are required to submit periodic research progress and financial reports.
  • The final report and financial acquittal must be submitted within sixty (60) days of study completion.
  • Grant recipients must use CPARF’s reporting template.
  • CPARF reserves the right to publish or use part or all of the report for fundraising and/or marketing purposes.
  • CPARF’s support must be acknowledged using our full name in any presentations, publications or reports resulting from the study.

Application Forms




Timeline – 2019 grant round

1st September 2019 – 11am

Expression of interest (EOI) submissions open

29th September 2019 – 7pm

Expression of interest (EOI) submissions close

21st October 2019

Notification of outcome – expression of interest

24th October 2019 – 2am

Full application submission open

20th November 2019 – 5pm

Full application submission close

May 2020

Notification of outcome – full application

Date and time above is based on Eastern Time (New York). This website can help applicants to convert the date and time to applicants’ local time.