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Fellowships to USA Early Career Researchers for Training Programs and Research Projects Related to Epilepsy

Research and Training Fellowships for Clinicians (RTFC)


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American Epilepsy Society (AES), Epilepsy Foundation (EF), Pediatric Epilepsy Research Foundation, NORSE Institute, and FamilieSCN2A Foundation
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Important Dates
Deadline: 01/12/23 5:00 PM Eastern Time Save

Grant Description
Fellowships of up to $50,000 to USA early-career researchers with a doctoral or equivalent degree to support research and training in an area related to epilepsy. Funding is intended for research on the treatments, causes, and consequences of seizures, epilepsy, and related disorders.

AES Research and Training Fellowships for Clinicians (RTFC) provide mentored support for clinical fellows or clinical faculty who intend to pursue a career in epilepsy research. Proposals are welcomed across the spectrum of basic, translational, and clinical research on the causes, treatments, and consequences of epilepsy, seizures, and related disorders and their treatment. Applicants should propose a research project and training program designed to develop scientific skills and preliminary data in preparation for an independent research career.

Supplementary Training Grants

Applicants to Research and Training Fellowship for Clinicians program have the option of applying for an additional supplementary training award to attend a high-quality training course or conference that will supplement the training received during their award. Virtual or in-person training opportunities may be considered. Applications for this supplemental support must be submitted alongside the Research and Training Fellowship for Clinicians application but will not affect the likelihood of receiving an award.

Contributing Partners

  • In addition to funding provided by AES, support for clinical research fellowships comes from the Epilepsy Foundation and from non-profit partners who will consider funding highly-reviewed mission-aligned research proposals. 
  • The Pediatric Epilepsy Research Foundation and AES will jointly support a Pediatric Research and Training Fellowship for Clinicians, to be awarded to a highly-scored proposal focused on pediatric research.


  • Others (see text field entitled "Additional Eligibility Criteria" for clarification)

Additional Eligibility Criteria
Applicants must:
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.

In addition:
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.

Pre-Application Information
Important Dates for Applicants:
- September 2022: Application submission opens through ProposalCentral
- January 12, 2023: Proposals are due by 5:00 PM Eastern Time
- May 2023: Award notifications sent out
- July 1, 2023: Earliest award start date. Start may be delayed up to three months.

Only one application may be submitted from a given laboratory to the AES early career grant programs.

Number of Grants
The number of awards granted each year is contingent upon available funds.

Estimated Size of Grant
The fellowship award provides up to $50,000 for one year, of which $1,000 is intended as travel support to attend the AES Annual Meeting. The award also includes one-year AES membership and complimentary registration to the AES Annual Meeting.

Term of Contract
July 1, 2023: Earliest award start date. Applicants may request a delay in the start date of up to 3 months. Successful applicants receive funding over a twelve-month period of the award and must devote at leas 50% of their time to the Fellowship.

Contact Information
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