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There are many known epilepsy syndromes that occur in the pediatric population. These epilepsies are often debilitating and difficult to treat with currently available therapies.

CURE seeks novel research projects of relevance to CURE grantany or all pediatric epilepsies, including: (1) the cellular, molecular, and systems-level understanding of the underlying pathogenic mechanisms; (2) investigations of the impact, natural history, and epidemiology; and (3) novel treatments which may impact progression of the disease. CURE specifically encourages studies that may not be currently fundable by other agencies because of their preliminary or unconventional nature. Priority will be given to innovative projects that address the severe, intractable pediatric epilepsies as well as 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 the pediatric epilepsies. International applicants and applicants with expertise outside epilepsy 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. Post-doctoral fellows may not apply for this award.

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

Pediatric Award
How to Submit Your LOI
application guidelines
Letter of Intent: All applicants must submit a Letter of Intent (LOI) via our online application portal 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, (1) meets the goals of the Pediatric Epilepsies Award, and (2) will inform future treatment and/or prevention of one of the pediatric epilepsies. 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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