Available by competitive application, the EPIPORT mentorship program connects investigators with a mentor for guidance on writing and submitting clinical research grant proposalAccepted mentees will be matched to aexperienced researcher/scientist with relevant research expertise. Any field of clinical research is considered eligible provided that it has direct focus on epilepsy, seizures, and related disorders. 

The program is made possible through the expertise and time of volunteer mentors and the AES Clinical Research Committee. The program is generously supported in part by an educational grant from Eisai, Inc.  

Annual Application Deadlines:  

September 10February 10, May 10 

Applicants will be notified within 6-8 weeks of the deadline of their acceptance to the program and the identity of their mentor 


  1. Internal research mentor from the applicant’s institution (EPIPORT mentorship is expected to supplement, not replace, the essential role of an internal mentor)

  1. Completion of at least 14 (50%) of the lectures on the EPIPORT Online Clinical Research Training Curriculum with a minimum 80% post-assessment score on each module (The internal mentor can provide guidance on which EPIPORT modules are optimal for the applicant. If accepted to the program, mentees will be expected to complete the full EPIPORT online training curriculum. If a trainee requires financial assistance to access the EPIPORT online lectures, for example, if they are from a resource-poor geographic region, they may contact grants@aesnet.org. Such requests will be considered on a case-by-case basis.)

  1. Completion of CITI Clinical research training, which is standard at most academic institutionsplease check within your institution

Eligibility Requirements:  

  • Be a clinician or clinical researcher  

  • Hold an MD, PhD, ScD, DO, PharmD, or equivalent degree in a relevant discipline (if you are uncertain whether your degree will be considered equivalent, inquire at grants@aesnet.org with your full bio or CV)

  • U.S. or Canadian citizenship is not required; however, the applicant must reside in the United States or Canada  

  • A medical resident, clinical or postdoctoral fellow, or faculty member; medical students are not eligible (if this does not describe you but your career in epilepsy-related clinical research would benefit from this mentorship program, contact grants@aesnet.org)

  • Must not have previously been accepted to the EPIPORT mentorship program  

  • An intent to apply within 15 months for a research grant of relevance epilepsy, seizures, and related disorders, with preference given to patient-oriented research (The grant proposal may be submitted to any funder within the United States or Canada such as a governmental agency (i.e., National Institute of Health, Centers for Disease Control, Department of Defense, Canadian Institute of Health Research), private or non-profit foundation (e.g., CURE, Epilepsy Foundation), or the American Epilepsy SocietyIf you choose to apply for an American Epilepsy Society grant, understand that the AES EPIPORT mentorship program is independent of the AES grant review, which will review the merits of your proposal without consideration of your participation in the AES mentorship program.)

Expectations for Selected Mentees: 

Successful applicants will be expected to join the American Epilepsy Society as a member. Once an applicant is accepted to the program as a mentee, they will be expected to coordinate with their EPIPORT mentor to schedule calls to discuss the following 4 components of the mentee’s research proposal 

  1. Establish goal 

  1. Specific aims 

  1. Methodology/statistics 

  1. Review of the grant  

Once the mentor and mentee agree upon timeline for their 4 calls (quarterly basis at a minimum), they are expected to maintain that timeline. The mentee will provide updated drafts and materials to the mentor on the agreed-upon timeline. Each component must be reviewed by internal research mentor prior to EPIPORT mentor calls. The mentor will be expected to discuss the provided material on each call. If, at any point, either the mentor or the mentee becomes unable to fulfill their obligations in the program, they are encouraged to contact grants@aesnet.org so that alternative options may be identified.  

At the completion of the program, the mentee will submit a research grant proposal to a prospective funder. They will also have completed the AES EPIPORT Online Clinical Research Training Program and receive both a certificate of completion and recognition at the American Epilepsy Society annual meeting. Mentors will receive public thanks and recognition for their service.  

Application Instructions:  

Acceptance to the mentorship program will be awarded by competitive applicationFull applications should be emailed to grants@aesnet.org, with the following materials in PDF format: 

  • A short personal statement of professional goals and how the EPIPORT mentorship program will help achieve those goals. The statement should be no more than one page and does not have a specific template to follow.  

  • A brief statement of goals for a focused research proposal to a specific research funding opportunity offered by a governmental or non-profit organization. Please specify the intended deadline for submission of the final proposal. The statement should be no more than one page and does not have a specific template to follow.  

  • Curriculum vita or NIH biosketch for both the applicant & internal mentor at the applicant’s institution  

  • A letter of support emailed directly from the internal mentor (should include information about protected time for candidate, statement that internal mentor is committed and has the time to assist the applicant as requiredand resources for the applicant)  

Questions? Contact grants@aesnet.org 

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