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CURE seeks novel research projects of relevance to the prevention, treatment and cures of acquired (post-insult) epilepsies including: (1) the cellular, molecular, and systems-level understanding of the underlying pathogenic CURE grantmechanisms; (2) specific approaches to modify the development of acquired epilepsy; (3) animal models of acquired epilepsy; and (4) investigations of the impact, natural history, and epidemiology of acquired epilepsy. For the purposes of this program, "acquired epilepsies" are defined as epilepsies which result from injury to the brain, including but not limited to traumatic brain injury, stroke, infection, and brain tumor. We specifically encourage studies that may not be currently fundable by other agencies because of their preliminary or unconventional nature.

CURE strongly encourages collaborative multidisciplinary projects, especially those that are inclusive of investigators and expertise from fields outside of epilepsy.

Eligibility: This award is available to both established and early career investigators* exploring cutting-edge approaches to curing or preventing acquired epilepsies. International applicants and applicants from outside the epilepsy field that bring novel insight into the causes and prevention of epilepsy are welcome. Researchers who serve on CURE's Scientific Advisory Council are ineligible to apply for or sponsor a grant for the duration of their term. All materials must be submitted in English.

* 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. Postdoctoral fellows are not eligible for this award.

Budget: Requests may be made for up to $250,000 in direct costs over 2 years. Indirect costs are not supported.

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How to Submit Your LOI
application guidelines
Letter of Intent: All applicants must submit a Letter of Intent (LOI). The LOI should clearly and succinctly (maximum 2 pages) outline the hypothesis and specific aims, and provide a brief description of how the proposed research plan, if successful, meets the goals of the Prevention of Acquired Epilepsies Award and how the proposed research will lead to innovative approaches to the prevention and treatment of acquired epilepsy. All LOIs are evaluated by scientific reviewers and the Lay Review Council for innovation, feasibility, scientific merit, relevance to CURE’s mission and potential to be transformative.

Deadline for Receipt of LOI: January 15, 2015
Full Application Invitations: February 27, 2015
Deadline for Receipt of Full Application: May 5, 2015
Award Announcement: July 2015
Earliest Project Start Date: August 2015



CURE For questions, please contact Liz Higgins at the CURE office, 312.255.1801, or email

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