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CURE promotes research that advances the search for a cure for epilepsy, and addresses the goal of “no seizures, no side effects.” Specifically, we seek to fund studies that will transform epilepsy research and ultimately transform patient care. CURE grantSuccessful applicants for the Challenge Award should propose research in at least one of the following priority areas: (1) the basic mechanisms of epileptogenesis, or (2) the multifaceted underlying causes of epilepsy. CURE specifically encourages studies that may not be currently fundable by other agencies, such as the NIH, because of their preliminary or unconventional nature.

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

*Note: If your study relates to SUDEP, a pediatric epilepsy, or an acquired epilepsy, please apply in the relevant category. CURE reserves the right to move an application to the most appropriate category upon receipt.

Eligibility: This award is available to both established and early career investigators* exploring cutting-edge approaches to curing epilepsy. Preference will be given to research addressing the more severe and refractory epilepsies. International applicants are welcome. Researchers who serve on CURE’s Scientific Advisory Council are ineligible to apply for or sponsor a grant for the duration of their term. All materials must be submitted in English.

* 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. Postdoctoral fellows are not eligible for this award.

Budget: Requests may be made for up to $250,000 in direct costs over 2 years. Indirect costs are not supported.

Challenge Award
How to Submit Your LOI
application guidelines
Letter of Intent: All applicants must submit a Letter of Intent (LOI). The LOI should clearly and succinctly outline the hypothesis and specific aims, and provide a brief description of how the proposed research plan, if successful, meets the goals of the Challenge Award and will transform our understanding of the causes, treatment and prevention of epilepsy. All LOIs are evaluated by scientific reviewers and the CURE Lay Review Council for innovation, feasibility, scientific merit, relevance to CURE’s mission and potential to be transformative.

Deadline for Receipt of LOI: January 15, 2015
Full Application Invitations: February 27, 2015
Deadline for Receipt of Full Application: May 5, 2015
Award Announcement: July 2015
Earliest Project Start Date: August 2015



CURE For questions, please contact Liz Higgins at the CURE office, 312.255.1801, or email

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