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Last Updated:
June 21, 2021

AACPDM Grant Opportunities


A key mission of the Academy is to promote excellence in research for the benefit of persons with cerebral palsy and childhood-onset disabilities. One way in which the Academy promotes research is through the annual Research Grants.Historically, the AACPDM has partnered with the Pedal with Pete Foundation, the Center for Progress and the Cerebral Palsy Alliance Research Foundation to fund multiple grants, up to $25,000 USD each! Areas of research should focus on topics related to cerebral palsy.

Research grant funding supports high-quality, clinical research projects/programs. The award may be used to fund planning for a project or to complete a small research project of high impact in any area relevant to the AACPDM’s mission. The successful applicant will have a solid track record in childhood-onset disability research.

The Principal Investigator on the grant must be an AACPDM member in good standing. Only one grant application per member will be considered in a given budget year.

The grant application deadline was Friday, April 16, 2021 at 11:59 pm CST.




The intent of the transformative practice grant is to facilitate the translation of evidence-based clinical management strategies into practice. Funding is available to support members to plan and implement specific intervention strategies that are supported by evidence. The award is based on the premise of ‘academic detailing’ whereby ‘experts’ who have been involved in the successful implementation of specific evidence-based management strategies within their facility support the host facility in the implementation of those strategies for changing clinical practice. As such, funds are to be utilized for the expert’s travel to the sponsored institution and for implementation costs.  The funds should not be allocated to the award recipient’s travel to the annual meeting. Research suggests that academic detailing is an effective strategy for implementing changes in clinical practice. The specific objectives of the program are to:

  • Facilitate sharing of expertise and knowledge regarding implementation of specific clinical management strategies into practice among AACPDM members.
  • Ensure that implementation of new clinical management strategies is based on established practices such as addressing local barriers to implementation and the involvement of relevant stakeholders in planning.
  • Assist the development of implementation plans and evaluation plans for determining how successful the initiative was in changing clinical practice.


  • Applicants and identified experts must be current AACPDM members.
  • Applicants must not have received an AACPDM Transformative Practice Award within the past five years.
  • Proposed management strategies for implementation must be relevant for individuals with cerebral palsy, developmental disorders, or other childhood acquired disability.

Please note that there is a requirement of a demonstration poster at the following annual meeting as part of mandatory reporting.  For example, a demonstration poster should be submitted for the 2020 meeting based on the experience of the 2019 award recipient.

Selected from applications - up to $4,000
Submit application and letter of support to


  • Up to $5,000
  • You must submit the completed application and all supplementary sheets on OR before August 31st, two years PRIOR to the estimated meeting date. (i.e. applications requesting funding for a meeting in 2024 would be due by August 31, 2022.)

CLICK HERE for the Full Terms & Application

The AACPDM Development Grant provides financial assistance to like, newly formed organizations for the purpose of developing and presenting a high quality educational seminar targeted at increasing the early identification and treatment of individuals with childhood acquired disability.


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