Project Grant

Applicant Guidelines

Project 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. These grants are open to all researchers who want to work to accelerate cerebral palsy research progress. Applicants should be researchers aiming to deepen their knowledge, increase their experience, and build their reputation in this field.


Peggy Harianto
Grants and Contracts Manager

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Grants are awarded for projects that must be completed within 5 years. The maximum amount that can be requested is US$225,000. These grants may be used to cover staff salary, research expenses, and essential equipment.

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.
  • Researchers must all want to work to accelerate progress in the field of cerebral palsy research.
  • 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.
  • A total of 10 investigators can be included in the application, and 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.