Grant applications

Funding opportunities

The CatWalk Trust accept proposals aimed at advancing research towards a cure for spinal cord injury.

The Neurological Foundation of NZ undertakes the evaluation of all applications to The CatWalk Trust on the basis of their scientific merit and relevance to the aims of the Trust. All applications are submitted to a peer review process via the Neurological Foundation’s Scientific Advisory Committee.

The Neurological Foundation makes a recommendation to The CatWalk Trust on whether the application should, in their view be considered for funding. The final decision on funding is made by The CatWalk Board of Trustees.

Grants and careers

There are two funding rounds per year for biomedical or clinical research projects. There is one round per year for Postgraduate scholarships and Postdoctoral fellowships. All applications are available for use in New Zealand or at an overseas centre of excellence.

The Scientific Advisory Commitee (SAC) and Personal Awards Committee (PAC) meet in June and November each year to consider applications for funding. The recommendations of the committees are presented to the CatWalk Trust Board of Trustees and outcomes are announced in early July and December.

All applications must be submitted in the online portal through the appropriate research institution by the deadline dates specified.

Biomedical or clinical research projects


1 April submission deadline – outcomes announced in June.

1 September submission deadline – outcomes announced in November

Post Graduate Scholarships to study towards a PhD


($25,000 annual stipend plus fees).

1 October submission deadline – outcomes announced in December.

A one or two-year Post-Doctoral Fellowship to be undertaken either in New Zealand or in an overseas centre of excellence


1 October submission deadline – outcomes announced in December

For the full grant details or for an Application Form

Contact us here.

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