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Innovator Award

The Innovator Award supports the exploration of a highly innovative, often risky new concept or untested theory that addresses an important problem relevant to epilepsy.


This award is available to both established and early career investigators*.  Researchers who serve on CURE’s Scientific Advisory Council are ineligible to apply for or sponsor a grant for the duration of their term.  International applicants are welcome.  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.


Requests may be made for up to $50,000 for one year.   Funding requests may include salary support for the PI, technical staff and/or collaborators; supplies, animal costs, etc.; and travel to an epilepsy-related conference if the PI is presenting his/her CURE-funded research.  Funds are not to be used to purchase equipment.  Indirect costs are not supported.


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2018 Funding Cycle

Deadline for Receipt of LOI: Monday, January 8th, 2018 – 9pm ET

Full Application Invitations: Wednesday, February 21st, 2018

Deadline for Receipt of Full Applications: Wednesday, March 28th, 2018 – 9pm ET

Anticipated Award Announcement: July 2018

Anticipated Project Start Date: September 2018



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