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

The AACPDM offers the opportunity for members to apply for Research Grants, which aim 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 annual Research Grants. Historically, the AACPDM has partnered with the Pedal with Pete Foundation, and the Center for Progress to fund multiple grants, up to $25,000 USD each! Areas of research should focus on topics related to cerebral palsy. AACPDM is excited to announce in 2024 that the grant awards will be up to $30,000 USD.

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.

For the Pedal with Pete grants, 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 budget year. 

Congratulations to the following recipients of the 2023 Clinical Research Grants:

CPARF Funded

Development of a Multicenter Cerebral Palsy Registry in Arabic Speaking Countries: A Feasibility Study Protocol.
Tamer A. El-Sobky, Ain Shams University, Faculty of Medicine, Cairo, Egypt

Pedal with Pete Funded

Tracking Longitudinal Progression of Selective Motor Control From Infancy Through Childhood in Spastic Cerebral Palsy.
Colleen Peyton, PT, DPT, Northwestern University


Dynamic body weight support for infants at risk for cerebral palsy: Immediate effects and parent perspectives.
Kari Kretch, PT, DPT, PhD, Division of Biokinesiology and Physical Therapy, University of Southern California

Feasibility and response of functionally loaded high-intensity circuit training on physical activity in adolescents with cerebral palsy.
Harshvardhan Singh, PT, MS, PhD, University of Alabama at Birmingham

Additional Grant Opportunities

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