1. Hold a MD, PhD, ScD, DO, PharmD, or equivalent degree in a relevant clinical discipline.
2. Be a clinical fellow, postdoctoral fellow, or newly appointed clinical faculty member within five years of first full-time appointment at an appropriate institution by the beginning of the project term. Researchers with appointments at the level of Adjunct Professor or Associate Professor are not eligible, nor are research assistants, graduate or medical students, medical residents, permanent government employees, or employees of private industry.
3. Have a defined research plan and access to institutional resources to conduct the proposed project.
4. Be able to devote at least 50% of their time to the Research and Training Fellowship. If a reduced protected time is deemed necessary by an early career clinical faculty applicant, such requests will be considered on a case by case manner and on a competitive basis, provided that such requests do not compromise the training experience and research goals of the applicant’s project. Early career clinical faculty applicants who request reduced effort for their RTFC must include in their application a justification and elaborate on their plans to ensure that the research and training goals of the RTFC will be met.
5. Have a qualified mentor with expertise to supervise and provide guidance on epilepsy-related research. The mentor must not also be serving as the primary mentor for any other applications for early career grants to AES and must not be submitting a Junior Investigator Research Award.
6. Other support: To qualify as an early career grant applicant, you must meet all of the other eligibility requirements AND be either a new investigator or an at-risk investigator (or both), defined as:
(i) . New investigator (you have received no more than $100k total in extramural grant direct costs as PI in the last 2 years), and/or,
(ii) . At-risk investigator (defined as follows: you have had prior research support as a new investigator AND, unless successful in securing a new grant in the current fiscal year, you will have no funding in the following fiscal year).
7. Have not previously been awarded a Research and Training Fellowship for Clinicians.
8. Physician applicants whose research will involve patient care or direct involvement with patients must have completed all residency training and be licensed to practice medicine at their institution.
9. U.S. citizenship is not required; however, all research must be conducted in the U.S.
10. Applications are encouraged from women, members of minority groups, and people with disabilities.