Junior Investigator Research Awards supports basic, translational, or clinical epilepsy research by recently independent investigators and are intended 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. The number of awards granted each year is contingent upon available funds.

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Eligibility Criteria

Applicants must:

  • Hold an M.D., Ph.D., PharmaD, RN, or equivalent degree
  • Have an academic appointment at the level of Assistant Professor or equivalent at a university, medical school, research institution, or medical center (Applicants should not yet have received a larger, multi-year award for independent research, such as an NIH R01 grant, and individuals with appointments at the level of Associate Professor or higher are not eligible. Postdoctoral and clinical fellows are not eligible. Clinicians with recent faculty appointments who desire a mentored research experience should instead apply for the AES Research and Training Fellowship for Clinicians.)
  • Have a defined research plan and access to institutional resources to conduct the proposed project
  • Have not previously been awarded an American Epilepsy Society or an Epilepsy Foundation Junior Investigator Award or Research Grant

Physician applicants whose research will involve patient care or direct involvement with patients must have completed all residency training and be licensed to practice medicine at their institutions.

U.S. citizenship is not required; however, all research must be conducted in the U.S.

Applications are encouraged from women, members of minority groups, and people with disabilities.

2017-2018 Application Deadlines and Award Dates:

    • September 1, 2017: Application submission opens through proposalCENTRAL
    • October 5, 2017: Letters of Intent due
    • November 30, 2017: Applicants invited to submit full proposals3
    • January 31, 2018: Full proposals due
    • May 14, 2018: Award notifications sent out
    • July 1, 2018: Earliest start date

All applications must be submitted through proposalCENTRAL.

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