Infrastructure Grants

AES Infrastructure Grants facilitate the creation of national or international multicenter research programs. Proposals are welcomed across the spectrum of epilepsy research, including basic, translational, and clinical research methodology to study epilepsy, seizures, and related disorders.

Each grant will provide financial support for organizational planning sessions, infrastructure development, and/or pilot projects to enable the research program to compete for subsequent investment by other organizations.

Infrastructure Grants provide up to $50,000 for one year. Each grant may be renewed up to one time through competitive application, with no guarantee of renewal. The number of awards made each year is contingent on available funds. Allowable costs include the direct costs of research, travel and meeting costs, and staff or administrative costs that are directly applicable to the proposed work. Indirect or F&A costs are not covered, as the modest seed funds from this grant are to help investigators compete for the larger grants that cover the full costs of research.

ANNUAL APPLICATION DEADLINE

March 24, 2021

ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA

  1. The contact principal investigator(s) should be members of the American Epilepsy Society
  2. The contact principal investigator should be at an academic research institution in the United States. Collaborators may be based at international academic research institution as well as at non-profit or for-profit organizations.
  3. Proposals should outline the one-year and the long-term goals for creating a multicenter research program to hasten the speed of discovery. Examples of eligible goals include, but are not limited to, establishing centralized databases, common protocols, shared resources, core laboratories, and exchange of rapidly developing techniques and technologies to collect and analyze large scale data.
  4. Applications should include a minimum of three collaborators across three institutions.

APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS

Application materials must be submitted through proposalCENTRAL. View application guidelines and instructions here.

  1. Completed cover sheet [PDF] with basic information about the applicants, institution, and appropriate institutional signatures
  2. Plan of activities (five pages maximum, excluding references) to include
      • An abstract or specific aims overview
      • Background/significance
      • Preliminary results (if any)
      • Research plan, including the respective roles of each center. It should also include a statement of the intended roles of each PI and center to the intended organization and its research administration
      • Plans for future funding
  3. Biosketches (NIH style) for major PIs and other key personnel whose expertise or background will be essential to the project
  4. Letter of commitment from each site PI
  5. Budget (two-page maximum, no template provided). Allowable costs include the direct costs of research, travel and meeting costs, and staff or administrative costs that are directly applicable to the proposed work. Indirect or F&A costs are not covered because the modest seed funds from this grant are to help an investigative team to compete for the larger grants that cover the full costs of research.
  6. Animal care and/or IRB approval as appropriate. If not available at the time of the initial application, these must be submitted before the award is made.

Questions or eligibility inquiries? Contact grants@aesnet.org