The Conquer Paralysis Now (CPN) Challenge


The aim of the Conquer Paralysis Now (CPN) Challenge is to accelerate the development of treatments for spinal cord injury (SCI) in order to provide significant improvements in patients’ quality of life. Stage I of the Challenge Program was launched in 2014 to provide seed funding to a wide range of non-traditional approaches, and Stage I grants will recur annually. A total of 12 grants, each at least $50,000, are available cross the six categories in each round of Stage I. In all six awards, we are looking for unconventional, novel and disruptive concepts that have the potential for functional recovery in chronic humans and animals.

The second round of Stage I grants closed for applications on January 21st 2016. Good luck to all those that applied.

Please be aware that you CANNOT apply for more than one award per round and each lab can only apply for one grant per round. We therefore would advise Applicants to apply for the grant they feel is most relevant to them.

For any queries regarding the CPN Challenge, please email cpnchallenge@conquerparalysisnow.org or consult our Challenge FAQs.

Please note you must create an account on omnicompete.com before you can register for or enter any of the below grant awards.


  

This award aims to attract and support new researchers in the field of SCI, with novel approaches. “New investigator” refers to either newly hired researchers that began their career in SCI research after their graduate studies or established researchers who recently switched to the SCI field.

Click here to view the judging criteria for this award

 

The Lone Star Foundation Collaboration Award is looking to fund innovative, inter-disciplinary collaborations (e.g. nanotechnology and biochemistry). The consortium must be interdisciplinary. At least two labs in two different fields must collaborate and at least one person per lab must work on the project. For this category, at least one grant of $100,000 will be awarded, as each lab collaborating will receive $50,000 each.

Click here to view the judging criteria for this award

 


  

Aims to incentivize the cross-over of adjacent neurological research to the field of SCI. Adjacent research may come from fields such as Traumatic Brain Injury, ALS, Alzheimer’s, Cancer, Immunology, Stroke, MS, Parkinson’s and Huntington’s Disease.

Click here to view the judging criteria for this award

 

Seeks to support research from animal experiments towards human clinical trials. Proposals must outline the translation of a particular piece of research, or facilitate new approaches of transferring basic neuroscience to clinical application.

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We want to provide initial funding for risky, high potential research ideas. The major risk must be pointed out and clear scientific rationale must be given why the research might theoretically lead to a breakthrough.

 

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Aims to stimulate research towards restoring reaching and grasping function for human SCI patients through innovative approaches. Due to the interconnectivity of the spinal cord, the effects of the proposed project may not be confined solely to arm/hands. The proposal must however convince the judges that their project will advance the reaching/grasping end goal.

Click here to view the judging criteria for this award.