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.

AES grants are made possible through the generosity of AES members, philanthropic donors, and non-profit partners. AES would like to thank LivaNova, PLC for their continued support.

Early-career clinical researchers may also be eligible for additional funding opportunities offered by our partner organizations with funding or administrative support from AES. 


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:

Epilepsy Foundation 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.

bow fdn 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.  

LGS Foundation

The LGS Foundation funds research on the Lennox-Gastaut Syndrome, to improve treatments, quality of life, and understanding of this condition.

 ring14 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 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.
SLC6A1 Connect funds research that focuses on the development of therapy & biomarkers to improve SLC6A1 patient outcomes.