Apply for Funding

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

Projects that address the causes, prevention, early interventions and cure of cerebral palsy will be rated more favourably when reviewing the merit of applications.

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 (AU$), to a maximum of AU$250,000. All grants are awarded in Australian dollars only and will be subject to the currency exchange rate at the point of bank transfer. Please ensure you consider the exchange rate between your home country and the Australian dollar when you prepare your budget. The total amount requested in the application, and the budget detail, must be in AU$.

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 AU$250,000).

For more information email:

Project Grant

Step 1 Download a Project Grant application form and standard Agreement
Step 2 Applications for 2016 are now cosed. Applications for 2017 open on 1 July 2017 and close on 31 August 2017.

Career Development Grant

Step 1 Download a Career Development Grant application form and standard Agreement
Step 2 Applications for 2016 are now cosed. Applications for 2017 open on 1 July 2017 and close on 31 August 2017.

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.

NHMRC Fellowships Co-Funded with Cerebral Palsy Alliance Research Foundation

In partnership with the NHMRC we may co-fund Career Development Fellowships, Early Career Fellowships or Postgraduate Scholarships. If you have already submitted a 2016 NHMRC application for any of these funding schemes AND indicated your request for co-funding with Cerebral Palsy Alliance Research Foundation on your NHMRC application, please email a full copy of your NHMRC application (ie Assessor Snapshot Report & Proposal) to us by 31st August. We can include your application for consideration in our funding round; no further application is required. More information from the NHMRC is available here.


All research funding is awarded through an Agreement between the Research Foundation, Cerebral Palsy Alliance and the successful researcher/institution. It is advisable that researchers download a copy of this Agreement prior to submitting their application to ensure full understanding of its requirements and to seek any appropriate legal advice regarding authorisation of this Agreement.

Centre of Research Excellence in Cerebral Palsy (CRE-CP) PhD scholarships

The Centre of Research Excellence in Cerebral Palsy (CRE-CP) is a five year NHMRC funded project that brings together leading researchers, clinicians and consumers in a concerted effort to improve the health and well-being of children with cerebral palsy and their families. The CRE-CP aims to attract and train doctoral and postdoctoral researchers to create the next generation of highly skilled clinical researchers in cerebral palsy. A number of Scholarships will be awarded, comprising valuable opportunities such as the CRE-CP bespoke leadership program, support for attending conferences and access to the expertise of the CRE-CP network: . Click here to view the PhD projects that are currently open for expressions of interest.