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The CURE Innovator Award supports the exploration of a highly innovative, often risky new concept or untested theory that addresses an important problem relevant to epilepsy. The Innovator Award proposed research must reflect ideas substantially different from those being pursued by anyone in the epilepsy research field. The program is not intended to support the logical progression of an already established research project but, instead, allows Principal Investigators (PIs) the opportunity to pursue radically unconventional, paradigm-shifting hypotheses. CURE AwardsThis award mechanism supports high-risk studies that have the potential to reveal entirely new areas of epilepsy research. Research completed through an Innovator Award must provide sufficient preliminary data to enable the PI to prove or disprove their groundbreaking, original, and/or unconventional hypothesis and have the potential, if the scope of work is successful, to move epilepsy research forward by leaps rather than by incremental steps.

Innovator Award applications will be evaluated based on:

  • Importance of the problem
  • Novelty and innovation of the hypothesis and/or proposed methodology
  • Magnitude of the potential impact of the work
  • Logic of the experimental plan and likelihood of some success (some non-zero number)

Preliminary data is not necessary to receive this grant but may be included.

Areas of Interest: This program awards $50,000 seed grants to researchers submitting innovative proposals that will provide new directions for epilepsy disease modifying therapies, prevention and, ultimately, a cure. We specifically encourage studies that may not be currently fundable by other agencies or other mechanisms because of their preliminary, innovative or unconventional nature.

Eligibility: This award is available to both established and early career investigators*. Researchers who serve on CURE’s Scientific Advisory Council are ineligible to apply for or sponsor a grant for the duration of their term.  International applicants are welcome. All materials must be submitted in English.

Deadline for Receipt of LOI: November 19, 2015 -9pm ET March 16, 2016 -9pm ET
Full Application Invitations: by January 5, 2016 by May 4, 2016
Deadline for Receipt of Full Applications: February 17, 2016 -9pm ET June 15, 2016 -9pm ET
Anticipated Award Announcement: May 2016 October 2016
Earliest Project Start Date: June 2016 January 2017

See Letter of Intent (LOI) Guidelines

* 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.  Post-doctoral fellows may not apply for this award.



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

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