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Epilepsy Study Consortium Mini-Grant

Grants to USA Individual Fellows for
Mentored Epilepsy Research Projects

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American Epilepsy Society (AES) and Epilepsy Study Consortium

Deadline Date:

01/13/21 5:00 PM Eastern Time


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Grants of $15,000 to USA fellows for epilepsy research projects on treatments for epilepsy. Funding is intended for research on drug therapies with either translational, clinical, or basic scientific methods. The focus of the project will be to provide the fellow with training and mentorship experience. The grant award does not require past experience with research or a specific percent protected time for research.

Research must focus on anti-epileptic drug therapy. 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. 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).

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

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. 

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 184892

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Term of Contract:

Applicants may request funding periods of six months to one year, and a start date between July 1, 2021, and January 1, 2022.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Applicants must:
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 that is relevant to antiepileptic drug therapy, with 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.

In addition:
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.

The funds cannot be used for travel, meeting registration, personal computers, salary support for the mentor, or indirect costs.

Information about the use of Human Subjects/Tissues and Animals in Research can be found at

Pre-Application Information:

Application deadlines and award dates:
- September 2020: Application submission opens through proposalCENTRAL
- January 13, 2021: Full proposals due
- May 2021: Award notification
- July 1, 2021 - January 1, 2022: Range of possible start dates for awarded programs

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.

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, including Predoctoral Research Fellowship, Postdoctoral Research Fellowship, Research & Training Fellowship for Clinicians, and the ESC mini-grant. Similarly, 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

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.

Contact Information:

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

Proposals must be submitted through proposalCENTRAL:

Contact for questions.

American Epilepsy Society
135 South LaSalle Street
Suite 2850
Chicago, IL 60603
Tel: 312-883-3800
Fax: 312-896-5784

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