CURE’s mission is based on the fact that research is the key to finding cures for the epilepsies. Each year, grants are funded based on promising trends in the field and the potential for breakthroughs in a specified area.
CURE awards grants for novel research projects that address finding the cures for epilepsy and address the goal of “no seizures, no side-effects.”
CURE’s research vision is set by the CURE Board of Directors, Scientific Advisory Board, and CURE Research Team.
RFPs are born out of CURE’s Strategic Vision and outline the research topic areas and requirements for the grant year.
LOIs are short letters from potential CURE grantees that succinctly and clearly describe their proposed research project and its relevance to CURE’s mission.
LOIs are reviewed and scored by the Research Team and scientific peers by criteria outlines in the RFPs. Applicants with the most relevant and exciting LOIs are invited to submit full proposals.
Applicants whose LOIs are invited will submit full grant proposals that contain detailed scientific and budget information for the proposed CURE project.
Each full grant proposal is reviewed by members of CURE’s Lay Review Council (LRC) and three external scientific reviewers. The LRC is made up of people with epilepsy and the loved ones of people with epilepsy who have a special interest in finding a cure. Members of the LRC contribute to CURE’s grant review process by reading research proposals from a lay perspective, which helps ensure that the stakeholder point of view is critically represented at all stages of the grant review process.
Scientific reviewers serve a one-time term on committees that are specially formed for each mechanism each grant review cycle. Applications are then discussed amongst the committee members and CURE Research Team and scored.
Applications are discussed with the CURE Research Committee, which is made up of CURE Board members and volunteers, to ensure alignment with CURE’s mission. Funding recommendations are then developed and presented to the CURE Board of Directors.
The CURE Board of Directors has final approval of all grants that are funded by CURE each cycle.