Emerging researcher grant

Guidelines for Applicants

Emerging researcher grant

Cerebral Palsy Alliance Research Foundation is committed to fund the world’s best and brightest researchers to find ways to improve current interventions and ultimately find a prevention and cure for cerebral palsy.

We are working to achieve our vision by funding research with the best potential for breakthroughs, and collaborations with the best researchers from around the world.


Peggy Harianto
Grants and Contracts Manager

Enquire about grants

The Cerebral Palsy Alliance Research Foundation Emerging Researchers Grants are developed to support emerging researchers who are seeking to establish careers in cerebral palsy research.

Overarching requirements for emerging researchers are demonstrated research capability and a desire to establish a career in the field of cerebral palsy research. Applicants should detail the extent to which this grant will support them as an independent researcher and how it will enable a step change in their career. Note that the award can be seen as ‘seeding’ funding for the applicant’s future research.

Grants are awarded for research that must be completed within 2 years and 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.

Cerebral Palsy Alliance Research Foundation will only fund direct costs related to the objective of the award. Grant awards must not be used for indirect costs including infrastructure, overheads or administration costs that are expected to be provided by the administering institution as standard support for researchers.

  • Applicants are based in the United States of America.
  • Are not studying for a PhD degree.
  • Maximum of 5 years from attaining a most recent postgraduate degree.
  • Research 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), and 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 Cerebral Palsy Alliance Research Foundation website.
  • All online applications submitted before the closing date will be acknowledged by email.
  • All sections in 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 result in your application being removed from consideration.
  • Justification for the salary budget must be provided.
  • In general, grants will be made for activities rather than for items or equipment.
  • Applicants must nominate a single Administering Institution to be responsible for the management of the grant.
  • A grant agreement will be made between Cerebral Palsy Alliance Research Foundation and the nominated Administering Institution.
  • Expression of interests will be assessed by Cerebral Palsy Alliance Research Foundation steering committee.
  • Full applications are reviewed by internal and external reviewers with relevant research expertise.
  • Please refer to the peer review assessment guidelines available on the website for further details on scoring.
  • The successful applicant will be chosen based on peer review score and alignment to organisation strategy, this decision is final. Due to time constrains, no individual feedback or comments will be provided.
  • Payment of the grant award will only start after the execution of the grant agreement.
  • The grant award will be paid through the Administering Institution associated with, and nominated by, the grant recipient.
  • Under no circumstances will payments 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 Cerebral Palsy Alliance Research Foundation reporting template.
  • Cerebral Palsy Alliance Research Foundation reserves the right to publish or use the report (or parts of it) for Fundraising/Marketing purposes.
  • The support of Cerebral Palsy Alliance Research Foundation must be acknowledged 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.