2023 CPA Emerging Researcher Grants


Opportunity type:



Cerebral Palsy Alliance Research Foundation

Award amount and duration:

Up to AU$100,000 for up to 2 years


Faculty, Postdoc

To apply for this grant you must meet the following criteria:

  • 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 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.


Cerebral Palsy Alliance has a strong on-going commitment to funding high quality research in cerebral palsy. In 2005 Cerebral Palsy Alliance established a Research Foundation to fund Australian and international research to find a prevention and cure for cerebral palsy – a condition that affects more than 17 million people around the world.

The Foundation is also committed to improving the quality of life of people with cerebral palsy by funding research into improving early diagnosis which can reduce the long-term impact of the disability, treatments (interventions) and technology innovations. The Research Foundation of Cerebral Palsy Alliance funds research with the best potential for breakthroughs, and collaborations with the best researchers from around the world.

The 2023 CPA 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.

The Research Foundation of Cerebral Palsy Alliance has a strong on-going commitment to funding high quality research in cerebral palsy. Our research priorities were informed by extensive consultation with the cerebral palsy Community including consumers (individuals and families), clinicians and researchers.

Please ensure your project addresses at least one of the Research Foundation’s five priority research focus areas:

• Causation • Prevention • Treatment • Cure • Advocacy

Application Submission

The application process will be completed in two-stages:

1. Expression of Interest (EOI). Applicants must use the Cerebral Palsy Alliance online grant application service to submit their EOI form. All sections in the application form must be completed. All online applications submitted before the closing date will be acknowledged by email.

Applicants must obtain institutional approval from the University of Calgary prior to submitting their [Insert] to [sponsor]. Initiate required University of Calgary internal approvals by completing a Pre-Award/Letter of Intent record in RMS (https://my.rms.ucalgary.ca/)/. Attach a copy of your completed EOI form and submit for approvals from your department head and/or faculty Associate Dean (Research). Please ensure that you allow time for academic approvals prior to the Research Services Office internal review deadline of 12:00pm MT, July 25, 2023.

2. Full Application. The highest ranked applications will be invited to submit a full application outlining research plan and budget. The timeline for results of the EOI and full application submissions is as follows:

  • Notification of outcome - Expression of Interest (EOI): 25th August 2023
  • Full Application submissions open: 28th August 2023
  • RSO Internal Review Deadline: 26th September
  • Full Application submissions close: 29th September 2023 - 11pm
  • Notification of outcome - Full Application: 30th November 2023


Not Applicable. The Research Foundation of Cerebral Palsy Alliance will only fund direct costs related to the objective of the award.


Pre-application deadlines

RSO internal deadline

July 25, 2023 - 12:00 PM

Pre-application program deadline

July 28, 2023 - 9:00 PM

Application deadlines

RSO detailed review deadline

September 15, 2023 - 12:00 PM

RSO final internal review deadline

September 26, 2023 - 12:00 PM

Program application deadline

September 29, 2023 - 9:00 PM


NOTE: Consult your Faculty Associate Dean (Research) (ADR) regarding Faculty-specific deadlines and submission processes.

Principal Investigators: Complete a Research Management System (RMS) record, including a copy of your complete application, and submit this for approvals in RMS.

Postdocs, students, and trainees: Complete the Research Funding Application Approval (RFAA) Trainee PDF form, and submit it, along with a complete copy of the application, to Research Services at rsogrants@ucalgary.ca.

Approvals: The University of Calgary requires that all funding applications be approved prior to submission. Approval requires signatures via either RMS or the RFAA Trainee form, in the following order:

  • Principal Investigator
  • Department Head
  • Faculty ADR/Dean
  • Research Services (on behalf of the Vice-President Research)

Read the Meaning of Grant Signatures policy to understand what your approval means. Please see the agency guidelines for details about which signatures are required on your application, as it may differ from internal requirements.

Late submissions: Late submissions will only be accepted in cases of medical or family emergencies, or other exceptional circumstances. If you submit your RMS record to Research Services after the internal deadline has passed, you must secure additional approvals. Please read: Late Applications Process.

Contact Details


2023 CPA Emerging Researcher Grants
Cerebral Palsy Alliance Research Foundation
International Foundations