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Epilepsy Foundation and the American Epilepsy Society
Fellowships and awards of up to $50,000 to USA early-career researchers with an M.D., Ph.D., Sc.D., PharmD, DO, or equivalent degree to support research and training in an area related to epilepsy. An LOI must be submitted prior to the full application. Funding is intended for basic, translational, or clinical research studies of disease mechanisms or treatments, epidemiologic or behavioral studies, the development of new technologies, and health services and outcomes research.
AES Research and Training Fellowships for Clinicians provide mentored support for clinical fellows or recently appointed clinical faculty who intend to pursue a career in epilepsy research. Proposals are welcomed across the spectrum of basic, translational, and clinical research.
The fellowship award provides up to $50,000 for one year, of which $1000 is intended as travel support to attend the AES Annual Meeting. The award also includes one-year AES membership and complimentary registration to the AES Annual Meeting.
- The applicant should have the potential and commitment to develop as an independent and productive epilepsy researcher.
- The applicant's academic record and research experience must be of high quality.
- The mentor's research qualifications, including successful competition for research support, should be appropriate for the proposed fellowship.
- There should be 1) evidence of a match between the research interests of the applicant and the mentor (including an understanding of the applicant’s research training needs) and 2) a demonstrated ability and commitment of the mentor to assist in meeting these needs.
- There must be an outstanding track record in training by the mentor, including evidence of training outcomes that suggest the research training provided by the mentor will foster a successful research career and outcome for the applicant.
- The research plan should address a scientifically significant problem in epilepsy research, for example as framed by the 2014 NINDS Benchmarks for Epilepsy Research or the Institute of Medicine 2012 research recommendations around public health for epilepsy research.
- The research project must be well-conceived, with rigor in experimental design, methodology, analysis, interpretation, and reporting of results. It should include clear hypotheses and potential alternative outcomes. It must consider key biological variables like gender and include authentication of key biological and/or chemical resources, if appropriate, as defined by the NIH guidelines on rigor & transparency.
- While not required, if the proposed research includes a data-sharing plan, it can provide added value to the work.
- The proposed training plan should provide mentoring and experiences that will benefit the applicant’s career development in terms of scientific knowledge and research and professional skills. There should be a training plan to transition an awardee toward further training and career focus on research in epilepsy.
- There should be a specific plan for the applicant to receive formal training, beyond the proposed research, in methodology appropriate for their field of research, such as courses in experimental design and statistics, drug discovery and development, clinical research, or seminars/grand rounds/workshops relevant to the proposed field of research.
- There should be a plan for the applicant to attend national scientific meetings or workshops (especially the American Epilepsy Society annual meeting) and/or participate in appropriate networking activities.
- The applicant should clearly indicate a commitment to devote at least 50% effort to research and training during the term of the fellowship.
- The research facilities, resources, and training opportunities should be adequate and appropriate, including faculty capable of productive collaboration with the candidate.
- The environment for scientific and professional development of the candidate should be of high quality.
GrantWatch ID#: 160891
The fellowship award provides up to $50,000 for one year, with $49,000 for stipend and $1000 for travel support to attend the AES Annual Meeting, as well as complimentary registration to the AES Annual Meeting and one-year of complimentary AES membership.
The award is provided for one year to support the direct costs of research.
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