Cleft Palate Foundation


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Since 1989 the Cleft Palate Foundation (CPF) has funded research related to cleft and craniofacial anomalies. To date, CPF has awarded over half a million dollars in research funding. 

The grants range from $5,000 to $10,000 and each is awarded for a period of one year. Many researchers have found that the CPF grants provide the seed money for projects that will serve as an impetus for future funding from larger granting agencies.

Grant Application

Application forms, terms and conditions, and grant criteria can be viewed and printed directly from our website.
Download the research grant application in PDF format. Please note that the application is interactive. After saving the application to your computer, you may complete and print it.

In order to be considered, the original research grant application and 11 copies must be postmarked or time and date stamped on or before February 15.  If February 15 is a Saturday, the deadline remains February 15 as the US Postal Service runs on Saturdays. If February 15 is a Sunday, the deadline becomes February 16. 

Please mail to:
Cleft Palate Foundation
1504 E. Franklin St., Suite 102
Chapel Hill, NC 27514

The announcement of funding will be made at the American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association’s annual luncheon, where the researchers and their institutions will be recognized.

An excerpt from a past CPF funded proposal can be viewed here. (Please note: this example is not offered as a guideline for formatting and is not the complete application.)


The application must be clear, readily legible, and conform to the following two requirements:

  • Use standard font (e.g., Times New Roman, Universe, Arial) no smaller than 11 point. Appendices, figures, charts, tables, figure legends, and footnotes may be smaller in size but must be readily legible.
  • Margins of Research Plan must equal 1 inch.
  • Request no more than 1 year of support.
  • Select an appropriate beginning and end date for the research being done.
  • It is not necessary to include the cost of copies, faxes, or phone calls.
  • Do not request publication costs or travel costs for presentation of results.
Research Plan

The purpose of the Research Plan is to answer the following questions:

  • What do you intend to do?
  • Why is the work important?
  • What has already been done?
  • How are you going to do the work?
For Junior Investigator Applicants

If you are applying as a Junior Investigator, please provide a reference letter from your mentor. This letter is to be submitted directly from your mentor under separate cover to the CPF National Office by February 15th.

Please mail your completed application and 11 copies by February 15th to:
Cleft Palate Foundation
1504 East Franklin Street, Suite 102
Chapel Hill, NC 27514; USA

For more information, contact us.

If you are interested in supporting the CPF Research Fund, please visit our donation page here.