Why are there two funding levels?

The funding level for this grant is small relative to most clinical studies. We have allocated $30,000 for the research in total but some ideas can be accomplished with less and still have high impact. So we may fund one application at $30,000 or two at $15,000 (or three at $10,000!). We expect that there will be more meritorious grants than we can fund. But having a range of studies in these smaller sizes gives us more opportunities to advance the field and to have meritorious but unfunded studies that we can consider pursuing additional funding for.

What happens if my study requires $18,000?

It depends on the ranking of the applications and the requested amounts. If your application is a top ranked application, we may ask you how it would have to change to achieve the $15,000 threshold or we ask another high ranking applicant at the $15,000 level, what they could accomplish for $12,000. So it depends on the applicant pool. It is our experience that applicants design their budgets to use all of the funds in the category they are seeking and that more applicants seek the higher funding level. But there is a bit of grantsmanship in determining the best approach for your research.

Examples (to get you thinking — not to limit you):

  • Characterizing practice variation in for selective dorsal rhizotomy and intrathecal baclofen pumps.
  • Comparison of the CPRN registry population to US and international population surveillance to determine critical data collection requirements for the registry.
  • Patient perspectives of transition for cerebral palsy in the US health care system.

How does this RFA fit with CPRN’s Research Concept SOP?

Non-CPRN applicants that receive funding will be made provisional CPRN Investigators during the duration of the grant and be invited to participate in CPRN activities. Studies approved under this mechanism will not be subject to the review and approval processes defined under CPRN SOP #4.