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Every year, more than 1 in 1,000 people with epilepsy die from Sudden Unexpected Death in Epilepsy (SUDEP). CURE grant There is an urgent need for more research into the causes of SUDEP, including but not limited to the identification of SUDEP-specific biomarkers.

Therefore, CURE seeks novel research projects that will address the goal of understanding and eliminating SUDEP. This program will award 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 because of their preliminary or unconventional nature. Priority will be given to translational research projects (bedside-to-bench and bench-to-bedside), the identification of human-specific biomarkers of SUDEP, and to 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 understanding and preventing human SUDEP. International applicants and applicants from outside the field of epilepsy with novel insight into the causes and prevention of SUDEP 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. Post-doctoral fellows may not apply for this award.

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

How to Submit Your LOI
application guidelines
Letter of Intent: All applicants must submit a Letter of Intent (LOI) via our online application portal proposalCentral (instructions in the pdf to the right). 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, (1) meets the goals of the SUDEP Award, and (2) will inform future prevention of SUDEP. All LOIs are evaluated by scientific reviewers and the CURE 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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