American Academy for Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine (AACPDM) Grants

The AACPDM offers the opportunity for members to apply for Research Grants. The purpose of this is to provide support to bring together investigators from geographically disparate locations, obtain statistical consultation and develop a multi-center research study plan.

Clinical Research Grants


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 2022 grant application is closed.

Congratulations to the following recipients of the 2021 Clinical Research Grants:
  • EEG in Children with Hemiplegia for Biomarker Development: The EMBARK Study
    • PI: Jessica M. Cassidy, DPT, PhD University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Measuring Gross Motor Function Change in 3- to 24-Month-Old Children With or at High Risk for CP: Validation of the Gross Motor Function Measure-66 Item Sets
    • PI: Natalie A. Koziol, PhD University of Nebraska-Lincoln
  • Therapeutic Intervention Supporting Development from NICU to 6 months for Infants Post Hypoxic Ischemic Encephalopathy
    • PI: Barbara Sargent, PhD, PT University of Southern California
  • Cardiorespiratory Analytics in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and Risk for Cerebral Palsy
    • PI: Lisa C. Letzkus, PhD RN CPNP-AC University of Virginia Children's Hospital
  • Shared Decision Making in Cerebral Palsy through Goal-based Patient Reported Outcome Measures
    • PI: Unni G. Narayanan, MBBS, MSc, FRCS(C) The Hospital for Sick Children
  • The role of the ECM in CP muscle dysfunction
    • PI: Kristen M. Stearns-Reider, MSPT, PhD – UCLA

Transformative Practice Grant Award

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 the 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

International Meeting Development Grant

  • 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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