Supplementary Training Grants for Research Training

The American Epilepsy Society will offer supplementary training grants up to $4,000 for a limited number of awardees of AES early career funding programs. These awards are intended to supplement an AES or AES/partner early career research grant to enable a promising early career researcher to take advantage of additional training opportunities available outside of his/her institution, such as training workshops in research methodology or high-quality research conferences.

This award is not intended to support travel to the American Epilepsy Society meeting. For event-specific travel awards, please see our Abstract Awards page and the AES Fellows Program. Our early career research grant awardees receive complimentary registration, and some programs receive funds to cover the costs of attending the event.

Examples of appropriate conference and training workshops include (but are not limited to) the following list:
Disclaimer: AES does not vouch for the quality of these workshops/conferences, and we do not review this list annually.

  • American Academy of Neurology
  • Epilepsy Pipeline Conference
    • Antiepileptic drug and device trials symposium 
  • Workshops offered by the Jackson Laboratory
  • Basic science researchers may particularly benefit from:
    • Woods Hole Marine Biological Laboratory summer courses of relevance to epilepsy
    • Society for Neuroscience Neurobiology of Disease workshop or Scientific Short Courses of relevance to epilepsy
    • Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory courses or workshops of relevance to advancing a career in epilepsy research
  • Translational and clinical researchers may particularly benefit from:
    • American Society for Experimental Neurotherapeutics, Course in Translational Research
    • American Neurological Association Translational and Clinical Research Course
    • American Neurological Association annual meeting
    • Drug Discovery for Neurodegeneration Conference, a two-day educational course on translating research into drugs
    • Clinical and Translational Research Course for PhD Students at the NIH Clinical Center
    • American Course on Drug Development and Regulatory Sciences
    • Drug Information Association meetings
    • Pharmaceutical Education & Research Institute courses or programs
    • Tufts Center for the Study of Drug Development, Postgraduate Course in Clinical Pharmacology, Drug Development, and Regulation
    • American Association for Cancer Research: Translational Cancer Research for Basic Scientists Workshop
    • Eureka Institute for Translational Medicine, certificate course
    • Bertarelli Program in Translational Neuroscience and Neuroengineering


Eligibility Criteria

Applicants must:

  • Apply and be awarded one of the following AES early career funding programs : Predoctoral Research Fellowship, Postdoctoral Research Fellowship, Junior Investigator Award, or Research & Training Fellowship for Clinicians. Travel awards will be provided to a limited number of awardees of those grant programs.
  • Meet the eligibility criteria for the corresponding AES early career award category (please refer to the corresponding materials)

Evaluation Criteria

  • Does the workshop or conference provide a high-quality research training opportunity for early career epilepsy researchers? Will the training encompass training in research methodology and best-practices?
  • Is that training targeted to the needs of the specific researcher and their intended career plan?
  • Does the meeting offer a unique training opportunity that is not readily available through other more cost-effective sources?
  • If the supplementary training award does not fully cover the costs of the meeting, including registration, will the remaining costs be covered by other sources of funding?  


Application Instructions

Applications for the supplementary training award must be submitted at the same time as the full application for an AES-early career award listed above under eligibility criteria. Application instructions for the supplemental award will be made available through proposalCENTRAL.