Emerging researcher grant

Guidelines for Applicants

Emerging researcher grant

The Research Foundation of Cerebral Palsy Alliance 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 Research Foundation of Cerebral Palsy Alliance Emerging Researcher 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 (for applicants based in the United States of America) or AU$100,000 (for applicants based in Australia or other countries) 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.

The Research Foundation of Cerebral Palsy Alliance 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.

  • 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 the Research Foundation of Cerebral Palsy Alliance 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. Australian applications should refer to Investigator Grants – Emerging Leadership rate on the NHMRC Website.
  • 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 the Research Foundation of Cerebral Palsy Alliance and the nominated Administering Institution.
  • Expression of interests will be assessed by the Research Foundation of Cerebral Palsy Alliance 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 the Research Foundation of Cerebral Palsy Alliance reporting template.
  • The Research Foundation of Cerebral Palsy Alliance reserves the right to publish or use the report (or parts of it) for Fundraising/Marketing purposes.
  • The support of the Research Foundation of Cerebral Palsy Alliance must be acknowledged in any presentations, publications or reports resulting from the study.

Research Funding Guidelines

Application forms



Reports (new template will be available in 2022)

Timeline – 2021 grant round

16th August 2021 – 1am

Expression of interest (EOI) submissions open


12th September 2021 – 11pm

Expression of interest (EOI) submissions close

8th October 2021

Notification of outcome – expression of interest

11th October 2021 – 1am

Full application submission open

7th November 2021 – 11pm

Full application submission close

April/May 2022

Notification of outcome – full application

Date and time above is based on Australian Eastern Standard Time (Sydney). This website can help applicants to convert the date and time to applicants’ local time.