Junior Investigator Research Awards

Junior Investigator Awards supports research by recently independent investigators with the intent to facilitate successful competition for subsequent longer-term support from the NIH or other sources.

Proposals are welcome across the spectrum of basic, translational, and clinical epilepsy research, including studies of disease mechanisms or treatments, epidemiologic or behavioral studies, the development of new technologies, and health services and outcomes research.

This award provides up to $50,000 for one year to support the direct costs of research, as well as complimentary membership and registration to the AES Annual Meeting for one year. The number of awards granted each year is contingent upon available funds.

The 2019-2020 application deadline has passed. Please check back next fall for information about the 2020-2021 application cycle.

Click here for 2019-2020 program guidelines and application instructions.

New for the 2020 grants: A letter-of-intent will not be used. Ineligible proposals will not be reviewed. If you have questions on eligibility, contact grants@aesnet.org before preparing your application.

2019-2020 Application Deadlines and Award Dates:

  • May 2020: Award notifications sent out
  • July 1, 2020: Earliest award start date (may be delayed up to 3 months)


All applications must be submitted through proposalCENTRAL.

Questions? Contact grants@aesnet.org

Contributing Partners

In addition to funding provided by AES, support for Junior Investigator Awards comes from the Epilepsy Foundation and from other non-profit partners who will consider funding highly-reviewed mission-aligned research proposals.