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CURE Innovator Award

Grants to USA, Canada, and International Early Career and Established
Researchers for Groundbreaking Epilepsy Research Projects

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Citizens United for Research in Epilepsy (CURE)

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Deadline Date:

03/28/18 9:00 PM ET


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Grants of up to $50,000 to USA, Canada, and International early career and established researchers for innovative and groundbreaking epilepsy research projects. Applicants must submit a letter of intent by January 8, 2018. Funding is intended for exploration of very innovative, new concept or untested theory that addresses an important problem relevant to epilepsy.

Funding requests may include salary support for the PI, technical staff and/or collaborators; supplies, animal costs, etc.; and travel to an epilepsy-related conference if the PI is presenting his/her CURE-funded research.

The Innovator Award proposed research must reflect ideas substantially different from those being pursued by anyone in the epilepsy research field. The program is not intended to support the logical progression of an already established research project but, instead, allows Principal Investigators (PIs) the opportunity to pursue radically unconventional, paradigm-shifting hypotheses.

This award mechanism supports high-risk studies that have the potential to reveal entirely new areas of epilepsy research. Research completed through an Innovator Award must provide sufficient preliminary data to enable the PI to prove or disprove their groundbreaking, original, and/or unconventional hypothesis and have the potential, if the scope of work is successful, to move epilepsy research forward by leaps rather than by incremental steps.

Innovator Award applications will be evaluated based on:

- Importance of the problem
- Novelty and innovation of the hypothesis and/or proposed methodology
- Magnitude of the potential impact of the work
- Logic of the experimental plan and likelihood of some success (some non-zero number)

Preliminary data is not necessary to receive this grant but may be included.

Areas of Interest: This program awards seed grants to researchers submitting innovative proposals that will provide new directions for epilepsy disease modifying therapies, prevention and, ultimately, a cure. CURE specifically encourages studies that may not be currently fundable by other agencies or other mechanisms because of their preliminary, innovative or unconventional nature.

There is a travel cap of $1,500 USD for international applicants and $1,000 USD for U.S. and Canadian applicants per year which can be budgeted for a maximum of 2 investigators (the PI and CoPI). If awarded funds, CURE encourages all grantees to attend the annual AES meeting in December.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 178502

Estimated Size of Grant:

Requests may be made for up to $50,000. 

Term of Contract:

Requests may be made for one year. Earliest project start date is September, 2018.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

This award is available to both established and early career investigators*. Researchers who serve on CURE’s Scientific Advisory Council are ineligible to apply for or sponsor a grant for the duration of their term. International applicants are welcome. All materials must be submitted in English.

CURE funds research from academic and non-academic laboratories. Researchers may be working at universities, companies, and non-profit research institutions.

* Generally, early career investigators are university faculty at the assistant professor level (or hold an equivalent position in a non-university research organization). Established investigators are university faculty at the associate professor level or above.


- Post-doctoral fellows may not apply for this award.
- Funds are not to be used to purchase equipment.
- Indirect costs are not supported.

Pre-Application Information:

In 2018, CURE will issue one request for proposals for the Innovator Award.


- Deadline for Receipt of LOI: January 8, 2018 - 9:00 pm ET
- Full Application Invitations: by February 21, 2018
- Deadline for Receipt of Full Applications: March 28, 2018 -9:00 pm ET
- Anticipated Award Announcement: July 2018
- Earliest Project Start Date: September 2018

CURE welcomes collaborative proposals with more than one principal investigator. However, one application must be submitted on behalf of the collaboration.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Online LOI application portal:

Liz Higgins
Phone: 312.255.1801

430 W. Erie, Suite 210
Chicago, IL, 60654

Phone: (312) 255-1801

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