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

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 Board 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.

Budget: Requests may be made for up to $250,000 over 2 or 3 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) through proposalCentral. 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. All LOIs are evaluated by scientific reviewers and the Lay Review Council for innovation, feasibility, scientific merit, relevance to CURE’s mission and likeliness to be transformative. Final decisions as to who will be invited to submit formal proposals will be made by the CURE Board of Directors.

Deadline for Receipt of LOI: January 15, 2014
Full Application Invitations: February 28, 2014
Deadline for Receipt of Full Application: May 1, 2014
Award Announcement: July 2014
Earliest Project Start Date: August 1, 2014



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

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