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CURE Taking Flight Award

Grants to USA, Canada, and International Early Career
Investigators for Independent Epilepsy Research Projects

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Citizens United for Research in Epilepsy (CURE)

LOI Date:


Deadline Date:

03/31/20 9:00 PM ET


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Grants to USA, Canada, and International postdoctoral fellows, Neurology residents, and university postdoctoral faculty for independent research projects in epilepsy. Applicants must submit a letter of intent prior to submitting a full application. Funding is intended to give young researchers a chance to develop a separate research focus from their mentor(s).

Researchers may propose basic or clinical studies, but this award mechanism is not intended to support clinical trials. Research that involves collaboration and a multidisciplinary approach is desirable. The applicant will be required to discuss how this avenue of research is independent from his or her mentor’s research and will lead him or her to a path of independent epilepsy research. Studies are encouraged that will provide new directions for epilepsy therapy, prevention and, ultimately, a cure and that will allow applicants to collect the data necessary to support the grant application to the National Institutes of Health or similar granting agency.

CURE’s priority research areas focus on those that have the potential to truly transform and save lives. Prevention, disease modification, and elimination are critical goals and consistent with CURE's mission. Priority areas:

  • Transformative research to enhance understanding of the cellular, molecular, genetic and systems-level mechanisms that lead to any of the epilepsies, facilitating the continued investigation of disease-modifying or preventative strategies
  • Innovative approaches that can prevent, modify and/or arrest the development of acquired epilepsy after stroke, tumor, viral infection, etc.*
  • Research that will inform the development of novel therapies to prevent onset or halt the progression of the severe pediatric epilepsies
  • Research focused on new, effective treatments for the >30% of the epilepsy population who are pharmacoresistant
  •  Novel research that furthers our understanding of the causes and ultimate elimination of SUDEP
  • Translational, clinical, and clinically-informed basic research that will facilitate understanding of the cellular-, molecular-, and systems-level mechanisms that underlie the relationships between sleep and epilepsy.

Based on CURE’s current research objectives, lower priority will be given for research in the following areas:

  • Research that focuses solely on a comorbid condition without also seeking to understand the accompanying epilepsy
  • Research that focuses solely on improving localization of the epileptic seizure focus

Funding requests may include salary support for the Principal Investigator (PI), technical staff, supplies necessary to perform the work, animal costs, publication fees, and travel to an epilepsy-related conference if the PI is presenting his/her CUREfunded research. 

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 178500

Estimated Size of Grant:

Requests may be made for up to $100,000 for one year.

Term of Contract:

One year

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

You must fall into one of the following categories to be eligible for the Taking Flight Award:
- A senior postdoctoral fellow who has a minimum of 3 years postdoctoral experience
- A clinical fellow who is a Neurology Resident in his/her Neurology training and considering Epilepsy Fellowships
- Newly appointed faculty within one year of having completed postdoctoral training

International applicants are welcome; you do not have to be a US citizen or working in the US to apply for this award. All materials must be submitted in English.

Funds are not to be used to purchase equipment. Indirect costs are not supported.

Pre-Application Information:

Approximate timeline:-
- Request for Proposals: Thursday, November 21, 2019
- Letter of Intent Deadline: Wednesday, January 8, 2020 at 9:00 PM ET
- Full Application Invitations: Tuesday, February 18, 2020
- Full Application Deadline: Tuesday, March 31, 2020 at 9:00 PM ET
- Anticipated Award Announcement: July 2020
- Anticipated Project Start Date: Fall 2020

Applicants whose LOIs are invited will submit full grant proposals that contain detailed scientific and budget information for the proposed CURE project.


Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Submit a LOI:

Questions regarding the guidelines are welcome and should be directed to the Research Team at or 312-255-1801.

420 N. Wabash Avenue, Suite 650
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 255-1801
(844) 231-2873 (toll-free)

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming

USA Territories: American Samoa (USA)   Guam (USA)   Puerto Rico (USA)   Virgin Islands (USA)   Northern Mariana Islands (USA)

USA Compact Free Associations: The Federated States of Micronesia (USA)   Marshall Islands (USA)   Republic of Palau (USA)

Canada: Alberta   British Columbia   Manitoba   New Brunswick   Newfoundland and Labrador   Northwest Territories   Nova Scotia   Nunavut   Ontario   Prince Edward Island   Quebec   Saskatchewan   Yukon


International country outside of the USA, Israel and Canada.