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Cerebral Palsy Alliance announces recipients of 2023 Research Foundation grants 

Cerebral Palsy Alliance (CPA) is proud to unveil the recipients of its 2023 Research Foundation grants, demonstrating a continued commitment to driving impactful research that enhances the lives of individuals with cerebral palsy and their families.

This year there was a shift in focus with emerging and early-career researchers prioritised to promote the growth of the next generation of experts in the field. 

In response to the unique challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, Cerebral Palsy Alliance Research Foundation engaged in extensive consultations with the research community. The outcomes led to a decision to waive project grants in the 2023 round and instead, provide funding opportunities for emerging and early-career researchers in 2024, acknowledging the disruptions to research projects in recent years and their impact on early career development. 

There are three categories of CPA Research Foundation grant types:

PhD grant

  • Designed to attract new and highly qualified graduates into the cerebral palsy research field. 
  • Maximum funding of AU$35,000 per annum for a maximum of 3 years. 
  • Focus on direct costs related to the research objective, excluding indirect costs. 

Emerging Researcher grant

  • Geared towards supporting emerging researchers in establishing careers in cerebral palsy research. 
  • Grants awarded for research to be completed within 2 years, with a maximum request of AU$100,000. 
  • Covers consumables, research-related expenses, and salary support (excluding academic, professional supervisors, or senior researchers). 

Project grant

  • Open to all researchers striving to accelerate progress in cerebral palsy research. 
  • Maximum funding of AU$300,000 for projects to be completed within 5 years. 
  • Supports staff salary, research expenses, and essential equipment. 
  • Dedication to Collaboration and Consumer Input.

Cerebral Palsy Alliance’s commitment to research breakthroughs is dedicated to collaboration with individuals living with cerebral palsy and their families. Research Foundation projects and grants are informed by frequent consultations with consumers who bring lived experience to the table. 

Our vision is to enable the world’s best cerebral palsy experts to find ways to prevent and treat cerebral palsy. As the world’s largest private funder of ground-breaking cerebral palsy research projects, we have committed almost $72 million and funded 409 researchers from 183 institutions across 48 countries since being established.  

This year, by prioritising emerging talent, the grants aim to seed funding for a new wave of future cerebral palsy researchers and are a crucial investment in the future of cerebral palsy research.

Congratulations to the grant recipients!