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Grant Opportunities

CURE awards grants for novel research projects that address finding the cures for epilepsy and address the goal of “no seizures, no side-effects". Specifically, we fund research that works to understand and prevent epilepsy, identify disease modifying or eliminating therapies, eliminate SUDEP, and reverse deficits caused by frequent seizures.

The CURE Epilepsy Award priority areas reflect CURE’s continued focus on scientific advances that have the potential to truly transform the lives of those affected by epilepsy, with prevention and disease modification as critical goals.

 

Please refer to the LOI guidelines for an overview of CURE’s priority areas, application instructions and FAQs.

 

Eligibility
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.

 

Budget
Requests may be made for up to a total of $250,000 paid over 2 years. 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.  Limited equipment purchases that are required to complete goals will be considered.  Indirect costs are not supported.

 

See LOI Guidelines   Grant Process

2019 Funding Cycle

ActivityApproximate Date
Request for ProposalsNovember 2018
Letter of Intent DeadlineJanuary 2019
Full Application InvitationsFebruary 2019
Full Application DeadlineApril 2019
Anticipated Award AnnouncementJuly 2019
Anticipated Project Start DateFall 2019

 

The Taking Flight Award seeks to promote the careers of young epilepsy investigators, enabling them to develop a research focus independent of their mentor(s).

 

Eligibility
You must fall into one of the following categories to be eligible for the Taking Flight Award:

  • A senior postdoctoral fellow who has a minimum of 3 years postdoctoral experience
  • A clinical fellow who is a Neurology Resident in his/her Neurology training and considering Epilepsy Fellowships
  • Newly appointed faculty within one year of having completed postdoctoral training

 

International applicants are welcome; you do not have to be a US citizen or working in the US to apply for this award. All materials must be submitted in English. 

 

Budget
Requests may be made for up to $100,000 for one year.  Funding requests may include salary support for the PI, technical staff and/or collaborators; supplies, animal costs, publication fees 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.

 

See LOI Guidelines   Grant Process

 

2019 Funding Cycle

ActivityApproximate Date
Request for ProposalsNovember 2018
Letter of Intent DeadlineJanuary 2019
Full Application InvitationsFebruary 2019
Full Application DeadlineApril 2019
Anticipated Award AnnouncementJuly 2019
Anticipated Project Start DateFall 2019

 

 

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.

 

Eligibility
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.

 

Budget
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.

 

See Guidelines   Grant Process