The goal 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. The CPN Challenge intends to award a $10 million prize to the first team that can reach unprecedented improvement in the functional recovery of people living with chronic SCI in the next 10 years.
Additional supporting prizes and grants will guide innovators toward this final goal. The proposed CPN Challenge program is divided into three stages of increasing difficulty. Stage I has been launched with the ambition of providing seed funding to a wide range of non-traditional approaches. Applications are now open, with two grants of $50,000 available for each of the six categories. For more information about each of these grants and application instructions please click here.
Stage I grants will recur annually for the first six years of the Challenge program. Following this, Stage II will set significant milestone prizes for translating basic science into animal and human application. Together, these stages will guide the community toward the final $10 million prize in Stage III.
For questions regarding the CPN Challenge, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or consult the CPN Challenge FAQs page HERE.
Ida Cahill was a speaker at Working 2 Walk 2014 in Seattle Washington. Her presentation is at this LINK.