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CURE Epilepsy Award

Grants to USA, Canada, and International Investigators
to Conduct Innovative Epilepsy Research

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Citizens United for Research in Epilepsy (CURE)

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Deadline Date:

03/31/20 9:00 PM ET


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Grants to USA, Canada, and International established and early-career investigators for research focused on epilepsy. Interested applicants are required to submit a letter of intent prior to the full proposal. Funding is intended to support transformative projects that address prevention, elimination, and disease modification.

The CURE Epilepsy Award reflects CURE’s continued focus on scientific advances that have the potential to truly transform the lives of those affected by epilepsy, with prevention and disease modification as critical goals. Key priority areas for the award include: 1) Basic mechanisms of epilepsy; 2) Acquired epilepsies; 3) Pediatric epilepsies; 4) SUDEP; 5) Treatment-resistant epilepsies; and 6) Sleep & epilepsy.

CURE strongly encourages multidisciplinary, collaborative projects, especially those that include investigators and expertise from fields outside of epilepsy.

The following priority areas reflect CURE’s focus on advances that have the potential to truly transform and save lives. Prevention, disease modification, and elimination are critical goals and consistent with CURE's mission.

  • Transformative research to enhance understanding of the cellular, molecular, genetic, and systems-level mechanisms that lead to any of the epilepsies, facilitating the continued investigation of disease-modifying or preventative strategies
  • Innovative approaches that can prevent, modify and/or arrest the development of acquired epilepsy after stroke, tumor, viral infection, etc.
  • Research that will inform the development of novel therapies to prevent onset or halt the progression of the severe pediatric epilepsies
  • Research focused on new, effective treatments for the >30% of the epilepsy population who are pharmacoresistant
  • Novel research that furthers our understanding of the causes and ultimate elimination of  UDEP
  • Translational, clinical, and clinically-informed basic research that will facilitate understanding of the cellular-, molecular-, and systems-level mechanisms that underlie the relationships between sleep and epilepsy

Funding requests may include salary support for the Principal Investigator (PI), co-PIs, technical staff, supplies, animal costs, publication fees and travel to an epilepsy-related conference if the PI is presenting his/her CUREfunded research. Limited equipment purchases that are required to complete goals will be considered.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 178499

Estimated Size of Grant:

Requests may be made for up to a total of $250,000 paid over 2 years.

Term of Contract:

Requests will be paid over 2 years. Anticipated Project Start Date: Fall 2020

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

This award is available to both established and early-career investigators. Generally, early career investigators are university faculty at the assistant professor level (or hold an equivalent position in a non-university research organization). Established investigators are university faculty at the associate professor level or above.

International applicants are welcome.

CURE funds research from academic and non-academic laboratories. CURE funds researchers working at universities, small companies and non-profit research institutions.

Ineligible applicants:
- Researchers who serve on CURE’s Scientific Advisory Council are ineligible to apply for or sponsor a grant for the duration of their term.
- Postdoctoral fellows may not apply for this award.

Grant limitations:

The second priority area has been revised to exclude epilepsy as a result of head injury.

Based on CURE’s current research objectives, lower priority will be given for research in the following areas:
- Research that focuses solely on a comorbid condition without also seeking to
address/understand the accompanying epilepsy
- Research that focuses solely on improving localization of the epileptic seizure focus

Indirect costs are not supported.

There is a travel cap of $1,500 USD for international applicants and $1,000 USD for U.S. and Canadian applicants per year which can be budgeted for a maximum of 2 investigators (the PI and Co-PI).

Pre-Application Information:

Funding Cycle Details:
Letter of Intent Deadline: Wednesday, January 8th, 2020 – 9pm ET
Full Application Invitations: Tuesday, February 18th, 2020
Full Application Deadline: Tuesday, March 31st, 2020 – 9pm ET
Anticipated Award Announcement: July 2020

All application materials must be submitted in English.

There is no limit to the number of researchers from the same institution who can apply for the same grant.

Grantees are allowed to be involved with more than one CURE-funded project but cannot receive funding on two different awards at the same time.

If awarded funds, CURE encourages all grantees to attend the annual American Epilepsy Society meeting in December.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Online LOI application portal:

Questions regarding these guidelines are welcome and should be directed to the Research Team at or 312-255-1801.

420 N. Wabash Avenue, Suite 650
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 255-1801
(844) 231-2873 (toll-free)

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