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Mentored Epilepsy Research Projects

Epilepsy Study Consortium Mini-Grant

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American Epilepsy Society (AES) and Epilepsy Study Consortium

Deadline Date:

01/14/22 5:00 PM Eastern Time


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Grants of up to $22,000 to USA individuals accepted or enrolled in an epilepsy fellowship program for research projects related to treatments of epilepsy. The purpose of this program is to support training and mentorship for the recipient. Research projects should focus on drug therapies, using translational, clinical, or basic scientific methods. Payments will be made to the grantee institution.

The Epilepsy Study Consortium is sponsoring a mini-grant for epilepsy fellows to undertake a mentored research project on anti-epileptic drug therapy during their fellowship training. The award does not require past experience with research or a specific percent protected time for research but instead focuses on the mentorship and training experience for the fellow. 

Funds may be used to support a limited research project or for the collection of preliminary data leading to a larger research effort. Examples of appropriate projects include, but are not limited to, prospective or retrospective studies on treatment outcomes or adverse events in specific populations, or studies enabling randomized controlled trials (such as evaluations of new therapeutic trial methodology). 

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GrantWatch ID#: 184892

Estimated Size of Grant:

The project budget can up to a total of $22,000, with up to $20,000 for direct research costs and up to $2,000 for travel to the AES Annual Meeting. In addition, the ESC will work directly with the awardee to provide funding for the awardee to attend either the Antiepileptic Drug and Device Trials Symposium (AEDD) or the Epilepsy Foundation Pipeline meeting depending on award year.

Term of Contract:

Applicants may request funding periods of six months to one year, and a start date between July 1, 2022, and January 1, 2023.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Applicants must:
1. Hold an M.D., Ph.D., Sc.D., PharmD, RN, or equivalent degree.
2. Be either accepted into an epilepsy fellowship program or be enrolled in the first year of a 2-year fellowship program.
3. Be in a fellowship program at an appropriate institution before the start date. (Applicants with appointments at the level of Instructor, Adjunct Professor, Research Assistant, or Assistant or Associate Professor are not eligible, nor are graduate or medical students, medical residents, permanent government employees, or employees of private industry).
4. Have a defined research plan that is relevant to antiepileptic drug therapy, with access to institutional resources to conduct the proposed project
5. Have a qualified mentor(s) with expertise to supervise and provide guidance on epilepsy-related research.
6. Have not previously been awarded an AES Research and Training Fellowship for Clinicians award.

In addition:
7. Physician applicants whose research will involve patient care or direct involvement with patients must have completed all residency training and be licensed to practice medicine at their institution.
8. U.S. citizenship is not required. Preference will be given to applications for research to be conducted at U.S. institutions. Depending on available funds, applications may be considered for investigators outside the U.S. who otherwise meet the eligibility criteria.
9. Applications are encouraged from women, members of minority groups, and people with disabilities.

An individual may only serve as the primary mentor for one application submitted in a given year for a mentored award administered by the AES, including Predoctoral Research Fellowship, Postdoctoral Research Fellowship, Research & Training Fellowship for Clinicians, and the ESC mini-grant. Similarly, an individual may not apply for a Junior Investigator Research Award and also be listed as the primary mentor on a proposal for a mentored award.

Pre-Application Information:

Full proposals due by January 14, 2022, by 5:00 p.m. Eastern time

Important Dates
- September 2021: Application submission opens through ProposalCentral
- January 14, 2022: Full proposals due
- May 2022: Award notifications sent out
- July 1, 2022: Earliest award start date. May be delayed up to 3 months.

Payments will be made to the grantee institution.

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