Research Grant Program FAQs

What are the grant priorities of the 2024 Research Grant Program?

The United Cerebral Palsy (UCP) Research Committee is focused on cerebral palsy and related neurodevelopment disorders in populations from birth to 26 years old. 

Do I have to be a United Cerebral Palsy (UCP) affiliate to be awarded a grant?

No. While preference may be given to UCP affiliates or those collaborating with our affiliates, applicants do not need to be an affiliate for the Pilot or Extension Grants.  Please note that the Affiliate Planning Grants are only open to affiliates in good standing.

Who are the UCP affiliates?

The 70+ year old network of 55 UCP affiliates are located throughout the U.S. and Canada.  They provide a variety of services across the lifespan for persons with disabilities. While the affiliates are a diverse group of providers, they share the same mission to be an indispensable resource for individuals with cerebral palsy and other disabilities, their families, and their communities. 

If two organizations are collaborating on a project, should each organization submit a separate proposal?

No. Applicants working with other organizations on the same project (multi-organization project) should submit a single, joint application to reflect the collaboration. A short letter of collaboration from each organization is recommended.

If my organization is located outside of the U.S. or Canada, should I apply?

No, unfortunately the UCP grants are only for applicants in the U.S. and Canada.

May I submit a hard-copy application/proposal to the United Cerebral Palsy Research Committee?

No. The UCP Research Committee only accepts proposals submitted through the website-based application form.

If our organization receives a research grant during the current grant cycle, may we apply again in a future grant cycle?

Yes. You may apply again to the Research Grant Program during a future grant cycle.

Will the UCP Research Committee fund partial amounts of the full amount requested?

Yes. Due to limited funds, the Research Committee will consider offering a grant in an amount less than requested. Awards for pilot and extension grants will not exceed $20,000. Awards for affiliate planning grants will not exceed $10,000.

What if I have a question while developing the grant application?

Please email with your question(s) during any stage of the grant application process.