Successful applicants receive $75,000/year for two years, for a total of $150,000, and must devote at least 50% of their time to the award. Support includes two years of complimentary AES meeting registration and two years of complimentary AES membership. Second-year award benefits are contingent on progress in the first year as assessed by the Research & Training Council. Annual payments are made to the institution for direct expense of the awardee (salary and benefits). No indirect costs are provided. Submission of an interim progress report by June 30 of the first year and final scientific and financial reports, no later than 90 days after completion of the project, is a requirement.
Applicants should propose a budget for how the funds would be used to advance their training. Allowable research costs will include salary/benefits, time for a clinical research coordinator/lab technician, research study supplies, and education/training (including registration for courses, attendance at workshops, travel to relevant conferences, or other needs related to the applicant’s training and development). The proposal should also include indication of support from their institution and their mentor for anticipated costs above the provided funds.
Budget modifications to the above will be considered in a case-by-case manner, evaluating if that modification is necessary to advance the goals of the training and research of the applicant.
Support from Other Sources
Supplementation of the award with other grants or by the applicant’s institution is permissible, but awardees may not accept other fellowships or similar awards from AES during the Sergievsky Award term. Exceptions may be considered but not guaranteed if the combined total of the awards does not exceed the standard support level for the institution and the awardee will have protected time to complete the training and research proposed to AES. If similar awards are obtained during the review or tenure of the Sergievsky Award, the applicant/recipient must inform AES in writing so that a decision can be made about continuation of the award.
Use of Human Subjects/Tissues in Research
When human subjects or tissues are to be used in a research project, it is the responsibility of the grantee to ensure that the project receives approval from his/her Institutional Review Board. A copy of that Board’s current approval notice and a copy of the patient informed consent form should be submitted with the application if they are available. If not submitted with an application selected for an award, these documents must be submitted at least two weeks before the award start date. If the research plan has already been approved or exempted by an IRB, because the grantee’s proposed work plan is encompassed by an existing research project grant, then this documentation will be sufficient provided that the IRB concludes that the participation of the grantee does not lead to a substantial modification of the research plan.
Use of Animals in Research
When animals and/or animal tissues will be used, it is the responsibility of the grantee to ensure that the project receives approval from the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee. If available, a copy of these documents should be submitted with the application. If not submitted with an application selected for an award, these documents must be submitted at least two weeks before the award start-date. If the research plan has already been approved or exempted by an IACUC, because the grantee’s proposed workplan is encompassed by an existing research project grant, then this documentation will be sufficient provided that the IACUC concludes that the participation of the grantee does not lead to a substantial modification of the research plan.
All entities that receive funding from the American Epilepsy Society must adhere to the following principles:
Animals shall be used in biomedical research only when no other means of obtaining scientifically sound, valid, and useful results are available.
The minimum number of appropriate animals required to obtain and validate results shall be used.
The acquisition, care, and use of animals must be in accordance with all applicable federal, state, and local laws and regulations.
Certifications must be received from research facilities prior to being approved for this award that the facility(ies), its researchers, and employees adhere to the Animal Welfare Act and the National Research Council Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals; and any appropriate U.S. Department of Agriculture or National Institutes of Health regulations and standards must be followed.
In cases requiring the death of an animal, only the most appropriate and humane form of euthanasia shall be used consistent with the purpose of the research.