Seed Grant Program
This program is intended to foster collaborative interactions between two or more established investigators* to make future grants related to epilepsy more competitive for larger awards, and to fuel multi-investigator projects. These small awards are designed to enable information exchange/technology transfer, travel of postdoctoral fellows between laboratories, and modest supplies for the project. These awards are designed to provide seed monies to investigators. Funds are total costs. No allowance for indirect costs will be awarded over the $20,000 maximum funding level.
- At least one PI must be an active member of the Society
- Must be a new initiative that will add value to the field or fill a gap in knowledge
- Techniques in a collaborative effort must be complementary
- Must involve two or more established investigators, at least one of which is an epilepsy-focused investigator.
- Although not required, trans-disciplinary projects, projects integrating clinical and basic research, and research directions with translational relevance are encouraged.
- Also encouraged are collaborations between geographically separated laboratories, or between laboratories in highly disparate scientific disciplines (e.g. neuroscience and engineering).
*An established investigator is defined as having at least an Associate Professor or equivalent level appointment, and who has a history of successful NIH/NSF/VA funding. Their work can be focused on basic, translational, or clinical research.
Funding: A maximum of five one-year grants in the amount of $20,000 each will be awarded annually. Grants are non-renewable.
Application should be no more than two pages not counting the face page and include:
a) a face page (use this Word document or facsimile)
b) an overview of the research and technical expertise of the participating laboratories/clinical research sites.
c) the research collaboration that is proposed,
d) how the seed grant mechanism will foster this research and the overall collaboration, and
e) a budget.
Applications should also include an NIH format Biosketch for all principal investigators, including present and past funding. This Biosketch should highlight the 5 most significant publications of each investigator published over the past 10 years,
There are three rounds of consideration each year. Applications will be reviewed by a committee of the Research & Training Council and results will be announced within six weeks of the application deadline.
Submission deadlines (no extensions):
- March 29, 2013
- June 29, 2013
- September 30, 2013
Applications (in Word or PDF format) should be sent to the AES Office by email to firstname.lastname@example.org by close of business on the date of the deadline.