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Every year, it is estimated that up to 50,000 deaths occur in the United States from seizure-related causes including Sudden Unexpected Death in Epilepsy (SUDEP). There is an urgent need for CURE grant more research into the causes of SUDEP; including but not limited to the identification of SUDEP biomarkers.

Therefore, CURE seeks novel research projects that will address the goals of understanding and eliminating SUDEP. This program will award seed grants to researchers submitting innovative proposals that suggest new directions for SUDEP research.  We specifically encourage studies that may not be currently fundable by other agencies, such as the NIH, because of their preliminary or unconventional nature. CURE also strongly encourages collaborative 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 epilepsy. Preference will be given to research into biomarkers of SUDEP, a major unmet need in SUDEP research as determined by expert consensus. International applicants are welcome. Researchers who serve on CURE’s Scientific Advisory Board 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.

Budget: Requests may be made for up to $100,000 for 1 year. Indirect costs are not supported.

How to Submit Your LOI
application guidelines
Letter of Intent: All applicants must submit a Letter of Intent (LOI) through proposalCentral. The LOI should clearly and succinctly outline the hypothesis and specific aims, and provide a brief description of how the proposed research plan, if successful, meets the goals of the SUDEP Award.  All LOIs are evaluated by scientific reviewers and the Lay Review Council for innovation, feasibility, scientific merit, relevance to CURE’s mission and likelihood to be transformative. Final decisions as to who will be invited to submit formal proposals will be made by the CURE Board of Directors.

Deadline for Receipt of LOI: January 15, 2014
Full Application Invitations: February 28, 2014
Deadline for Receipt of Full Application: May 1, 2014
Award Announcement: July 2014
Earliest Project Start Date: August 1, 2014





Questions regarding these guidelines are welcome and should be directed to Tracy Dixon-Salazar at or 312-255-1801.

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