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Question Can I apply for a CURE grant at any time?

No. CURE does not accept unsolicited proposals. Researchers interested in applying for a grant must first submit a Letter of Intent (LOI). Calls for LOIs will be announced on the CURE website.

Question Who can apply for a CURE grant?

For most CURE awards, both established and early-career investigators may apply. The CURE Taking Flight award is specific to advanced postdoctoral fellows, neurology fellows, and new faculty who are beginning to transition to independent investigators. In exceptional cases, scientists at the postdoctoral level may be eligible for the Innovator, Multidisciplinary, and SUDEP awards.

International applicants are welcome in all CURE grant programs.

Question Can I apply to CURE again if I have applied in the past? What is the process?

Yes. You must go through CURE’s standard application process. The first step is submitting a Letter of Intent (LOI). Check back on CURE’s website for upcoming requests for LOIs.

Question I applied last year, but was not awarded funding. I have addressed the concerns voiced in the reviews of my original application and would like to reapply. Can I reapply, and if so, what is the process?
Answer Yes, you can reapply. However, you must go through CURE’s standard application process. The first step is submitting a Letter of Intent (LOI).
Question I’ve received a grant in the past. Can I apply again?
Answer Yes. You must go through CURE’s standard application process. The first step is submitting a Letter of Intent (LOI).
Question Are international applicants eligible to apply?
Answer Yes. However, all application materials must be submitted in English.
Question I was/am a reviewer. Can I still apply?
Answer If you have previously reviewed for CURE, you may submit an application. You will be ineligible to review during the cycle in which you submit.
Question Are multiple researchers from the same institution allowed to apply for the same grant?
Answer Yes. There is no limit to the number of researchers from the same institution who can apply for the same grant.
Question Does CURE fund only academic laboratories?
Answer CURE funds research from academic and non-academic laboratories. We fund researchers working at universities, companies, and non-profit research institutions.
Question What information should I include in the Letter of Intent (LOI)? Are there any length restrictions?
Answer Letters of Intent will be submitted through the proposalCENTRAL online application system ( Guidelines for submission will be posted on CURE’s website when a new funding cycle is announced.
Question How do I submit my Letter of Intent (LOI)?
Answer All LOIs must be submitted electronically. LOIs that are mailed or faxed will not be accepted.
Question How do I determine if I am an early-career or established investigator?
Answer 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.
Question When will I know if I am invited to submit a full proposal?
Answer CURE will email invitation and rejection letters for Letters of Intent (LOIs) to all applicants.
Question After I have been issued an invitation to submit a full proposal, how do I do so?
Answer All application materials must be submitted through the proposalCENTRAL online application system. Guidelines will be available on the CURE website, as well as in the actual application on proposalCENTRAL.
Question Can I apply using standard NIH forms?
Answer No. All applications must be submitted using the CURE forms provided on the website.
Question If I can’t submit by the posted deadline, can I request an extension? What is CURE’s policy on late submissions?
Answer No, CURE does not accept late applications.
Question If I am submitting with another researcher, do we both need to submit an application?
Answer Each researcher must submit a biosketch, facilities/institutional assurances, and proof of application to the Institutional Review Board (IRB) and/or Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC). However, collaborative proposals should only have one, combined budget.
Question Who can receive salary from the grant?
Answer Grant funds can be allocated to cover the salaries of investigators, postdocs, and graduate students in relation to percentage of effort spent on the project.
Question Can grant funding be used for travel?
Answer $1,000 per year can be allocated for travel per investigator; $1,500 can be allocated for international grantees.
Question Can the budget include indirect costs?
Answer No. CURE does not provide funding for indirect costs.
Question What should I list as the start date for the project?
Answer The start date of your award will depend upon the current grant cycle. Please contact us if you have questions while completing your application materials.
Question What are the funding levels and budget restrictions?

CURE Innovator Award: 1 year, up to $50,000
CURE SUDEP Award: 2 years, up to $250,000
CURE Challenge Award: 2 years, up to $250,000
Prevention of Acquired Epilepsy Award: 2 years, up to $250,000
CURE Taking Flight Award: 1 year, up to $100,000
Pediatric Epilepsies Research Award: 2 years, up to $250,000

Question I’m an international applicant and some of my application materials are in a language other than English. Can I still submit them?
Answer No. All application materials must be submitted in English.
Question Once I have submitted my application, can I check on its status?
Answer Applicants can check updated status of their applications by logging into their accounts on proposalCENTRAL. All applicants will be notified as soon as application decisions are made.
Question How many applications are reviewed each year? How many applications receive funding each year?
Answer This varies by year. The number of proposals that receive funding is determined by annual budgetary constraints.
Question If not chosen for funding, how can I get feedback on my application?
Answer Critiques on full proposals will be available in your proposalCENTRAL account after the review cycle is complete.





CURE For questions, please contact Julie Milder at the CURE office, 312.255.1801, or email

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