September 17, 2020

Researchers: CURE Funding Deadline on Friday 9/18 and More

In this month’s update, we want to take a moment to thank you. Your vital work helps give people with epilepsy and their loved ones hope that the answers they need will one day be discovered. In the spirit of hope and scientific advancement, I invite you to join us on September 24 as we bring clinicians, people with epilepsy, and families together for Unite to CURE Epilepsy, a virtual fundraising event.

This inspirational evening will be live streamed on Facebook Live and YouTube Live starting at 7PM CT. Please join us as we highlight research innovation, showcase community stories, and feature wonderful guests, like Emmy-Award Winning CNN Chief Medical Correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta!

In the meantime, read on to find information about:


CURE Epilepsy Research Continuity Fund Deadline September 18

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The CURE Epilepsy Research Continuity Fund will provide reimbursements of up to $15,000 for research related expenses resulting from institutional shutdowns during the COVID-19 pandemic and for which institutional support was not available or provided. This award is available to both early-career and established investigators.

The application deadline is Friday, September 18, 2020 at 9:00PM ET. You can find the full Request for Applications on the CURE website here. Current and former CURE grantees will be given special consideration.

Virtual Seminar Series from CURE and Beyond

As part of our commitment to supporting the research community through these challenging times, we are launching a virtual seminar series. Mark your calendars!

In addition, Drs. Robert Hunt and Momoko Watanabe of UCI are hosting a seminar series featuring early-career investigators. You can find more information about the topics they will cover here.

Epilepsy Research Benchmarks: Ideas and Feedback Needed

Give Your Thoughts

Every seven years stakeholders from across the world of epilepsy come together to review and adjust the Epilepsy Research Benchmarks, which inform our collective research priorities. Right now, NINDS is seeking input from clinicians, patients, and families alike on research priorities to address gaps and add additional nuance to these benchmarks. Help pave the way for the next five to seven years of epilepsy science. Leave your comments today.

Deadline to Apply to the NINDS Applicant Assistance Program (AAP) September 24, 2020


This program helps small businesses apply for Phase I Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) or Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) funding. AAP provides participants with services such as application needs assessment, mentoring, application preparation support, and application review. If you are interested, apply by Thursday, September 24, 2020 on the AAP Application Portal.

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