Cerebral Palsy Alliance Research Foundation
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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.

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 2018 grants round, we will have a special call for applications that address specific research priorities. These will be announced closer to the time of the round opening. The special calls for applications in 2017 were:

  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 were also considered. Ultimately, 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.

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. 

For all other international applicants: 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).

For more information email:

Project Grant

Step 1 Click on the link to view the Guidelines and complete a Project Grant application online.
Step 2 Applications for 2018 open on 1 October 2018 and close on 30 November 2018.
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Career Development Grant

Step 1 Click on the link to view the Guidelines and complete a Career Development Grant application online.
Step 2 Applications for 2018 open on 1 October 2018 and close on 30 November 2018.
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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 – part-time and full-time applications will be accepted
    • 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. 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. For applicants within the USA, to view and download a copy of the current Agreement please click here. For Australia and other International applicants please click here.

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: http://www.cre-cp.org.au . Click here to view the PhD projects that are currently open for expressions of interest.