Early Career Funding
As one of the largest non-governmental funders for those starting careers in epilepsy research, AES is committed to developing the next generation of epilepsy investigators. Our funded programs support research trainees, fellows, and newly independent investigators working across the full spectrum of epilepsy research, from basic science, to translational, to clinical research. AES funds go towards the best-submitted proposals, regardless of research area.
- Predoctoral Research Fellowships
- Postdoctoral Research Fellowships
- Research and Training Fellowships for Clinicians
- Junior Investigator Research Awards
Early-career clinical researchers may also be eligible for additional funding opportunities offered by our partner organizations with funding or administrative support from AES.
- Susan Spencer Clinical Research Fellowship
- Epilepsy Foundation Clinical Research Apprenticeship Not currently offered, please check back next summer.
- Epilepsy Study Consortium Mini-Grant
AES is proud to partner with other non-profit organizations to leverage resources and make dollars go further to support scientists. The following partner organizations will provide full or partial support for proposals that are both highly-reviewed and align with their organization’s research priorities:
|The Epilepsy Foundation invests in finding new therapies and a cure by funding clinical up-and-coming scientists. They will provide full funding support for select Junior Investigator Awards and Research and Training Fellowships for Clinicians.|
The Pediatric Epilepsy Research Foundation supports research in pediatric epilepsy and other pediatric neurologic conditions. In 2019 and 2020, they will support half of a Pediatric Research and Training Fellowship for Clinicians.
|The Bow Foundation is focused on supporting research into GNAO1 genetic mutations. The foundation supports research that improves medical understanding and enhances treatment options for patients with GNAO1 related neurodevelopmental disorders.|
Hope for Hypothalamic Hamartoma (HH) promotes research toward early detection, improved treatments, better living with HH, and cures.
The LGS Foundation funds research on the Lennox-Gastaut Syndrome, to improve treatments, quality of life, and understanding of this condition.
|Ring14 USA funds research on Ring14 Syndrome and other anomalies originating from the 14th chromosome to improve treatments, quality of life, and the understanding of these conditions. They are particularly interested in researching any relationship between epilepsy and the 14th chromosome.|
|Wishes for Elliott (WFE) is committed to accelerating research to bring hope to children struggling with SCN8A mutations. Of particular interest are novel and promising approaches to explore synergies across the major sodium channel epilepsies, SCN1, 2, and 8A. WFE is also open to proposals that include other sodium channelopathies or related calcium or potassium channelopathies. This focus is inspired by the wide diversity in the phenotype in each disorder. Research across disorders may shed new light on the factors that contribute to that spectrum and in turn guide new directions for treatment and relief for these children. WFE can commit 15% of a research grant.|
|The Epilepsy Study Consortium supports mini-grants to encourage epilepsy fellows to take on a research project during their fellowship training, with specific interest in anti-epileptic drug therapy.|