Foundation / Corporation
Epilepsy Study Consortium and American Epilepsy Society (AES)
01/31/19 5:00 PM Eastern Time
Grants of $15,000 to USA individuals to support epilepsy research projects taking place during their fellowship training. The purpose of this program is to facilitate mentored research projects and training experience for the recipients. Applicants must be either accepted into an epilepsy fellowship program or be enrolled in the first year of a 2-year fellowship program and be in a fellowship program at an appropriate institution before the start date.
The award does not require past experience with research or a specific percent protected time for research.
Clinical or basic science research may be proposed, and funds may be used to support a limited research project, or for the collection of preliminary data leading to a larger research effort. Research on anti-epileptic drug therapy will be strongly prioritized. Examples of appropriate projects include, but are not limited to, prospective or retrospective studies on treatment outcomes or adverse events in specific populations, or studies enabling randomized controlled trials (such as evaluations of new therapeutic trial methodology).
Funds can be used for partial salary or support staff for the project or for direct research costs such as neuroimaging, subject reimbursement, studies or reagents.
Awards supported through this program will be fully funded by The Epilepsy Study Consortium and administered by the American Epilepsy Society (AES).
Projects will be evaluated based on:
- The scientific merit of the research
- The clarity of the proposal
- The applicant’s qualifications and potential to benefit from the award. Past research experience is not required
- The feasibility of completing the research project with the proposed timeline and resources
- The availability and demonstrated commitment of a qualified mentor to advising on the proposed project
GrantWatch ID#: 184892
Applicants may request funding periods of six months to one year, and a start date between July 1, 2019, and January 1, 2020.
1. Hold an M.D., Ph.D., Sc.D., PharmD, RN, or equivalent degree.
2. Be either accepted into an epilepsy fellowship program or be enrolled in the first year of a 2-year fellowship program.
3. Be in a fellowship program at an appropriate institution before the start date. (Applicants with appointments at the level of Instructor, Adjunct Professor, Research Assistant, or Assistant or Associate Professor are not eligible, nor are graduate or medical students, medical residents, permanent government employees, or employees of private industry).
4. Have a defined research plan and access to institutional resources to conduct the proposed project.
5. Have a qualified mentor(s) with expertise to supervise and provide guidance on epilepsy-related research.
6. Have not previously been awarded an American Epilepsy Society or an Epilepsy Foundation Research and Training Fellowship for Clinicians.
7. 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.
8. U.S. citizenship is not required. Preference will be given to applications for research to be conducted at U.S. institutions. Depending on available funds, applications may be considered for investigators outside the U.S. who otherwise meet the eligibility criteria.
9. Applications are encouraged from women, members of minority groups, and people with disabilities.
An individual may only serve as the primary mentor for one application submitted in a given year for a mentored award administered by the AES. An individual may not apply for a Junior Investigator Research Award and also be listed as the primary mentor on a proposal for a mentored award. More than one application may be submitted from a single institution, but final funding decisions will take into account a preference to limit multiple awards to one institution.
All entities that receive funding from the American Epilepsy Society must adhere to the following principles: 1. Animals shall be used in biomedical research only when no other means of obtaining scientifically sound, valid, and useful results are available. 2. The minimum number of appropriate animals required to obtain and validate results shall be used. 3. The acquisition, care, and use of animals must be in accordance with all applicable federal, state and local laws and regulations. 4. Certifications must be received from research facilities prior to being approved for a research fellowship that the facility(ies), its researchers, and employees adhere to the Animal Welfare Act and the National Research Council Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals; and any appropriate U.S. Department of Agriculture or National Institutes of Health regulations and standards must be followed. 5. In cases requiring the death of an animal, only the most appropriate and humane form of euthanasia shall be used consistent with the purpose of the research.
Use of Human Subjects/Tissues in Research When human subjects or tissues are to be used in a research project, it is the responsibility of the grantee to ensure that the project receives approval from his/her Institutional Review Board. A copy of that Board’s current approval notice and a copy of the patient informed consent form should be submitted with the application if 3 they are available. If not submitted with an application selected for an award, these documents must be submitted before funding can begin.
Use of Animals in Research When animals and/or animal tissues will be used, it is the responsibility of the grantee to ensure that the project receives approval from the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee. If available, a copy of these documents should be submitted with the application. If not submitted with an application selected for an award, these documents must be submitted before funding can begin.
- The funds cannot be used for travel, meeting registration, personal computers, salary support for the mentor, or indirect costs.
- Awardees may not hold other overlapping grants/awards for the same research. Accordingly, full disclosure of all available and pending funds for research support must be made in the grant application. If funds from other sources become available during the review or tenure of the Epilepsy Study Consortium Mini-Grant, the applicant/recipient must inform AES in writing so that a decision can be made about continuation of the award.
Application deadlines and award dates:
October 31, 2018: Application submission opens through proposalCENTRAL
January 31, 2019: Full proposals due
May 1, 2019: Awards announced
July 1, 2019: Earliest start date
All applications must be submitted through proposalCENTRAL. No applications, nor any parts of or updates to the application, will be accepted if submitted after the deadline or if sent directly to AES offices by electronic or U.S. mail.
Payments will be made to the grantee institution. An initial $10,000 payment will be made at the beginning of the funding period. The remaining $5,000 will be paid half-way through the proposed funding period.
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