The Epilepsy Foundation supports a series of grants and fellowships to advance the understanding of epilepsy that will lead to better treatment, more effective prevention, and ultimately to a cure. Funding is available to researchers at all professional levels including students, junior investigators and established investigators.


Please note that the Epilepsy Foundation Patent and Copyright Policy applies primarily to awards offered to academic institutions and is open to clarification as needed. Commercial companies that are offered funding to support their research will have the opportunity to negotiate a suitable agreement with the Foundation regarding intellectual property rights as needed.

Current Funding Opportunities - Fall 2016

For researchers intending to apply for funding, please download the information and instructions for each program listed below.

Funding Opportunities Available Spring 2017 - dates TBD

  • New Therapy Commercialization Grants
  • Epilepsy Innovation Seal of Excellence

Anticipated Timeline - Fall 2016 cycle - NTG and SEAL

  • August 12, 2016: LOI's due
  • week of August 22, 2016: LOI outcomes emailed to applicants
  • October 5, 2016: Awards and Grants Applications due
  • mid-late November 2016: Peer Review Committee Meetings
  • December 2016: Outcome notifications send to applicants
  • January 2017: Award Period

New Therapy Commercialization Grants Program

Application deadline: LOIs due August 12, 2016

Instructions and Guidelines

The Epilepsy Foundation - New Therapy Commercialization Grants Program supports the development of more effective therapies by serving as a catalyst for moving innovative therapies from the laboratory to the patient. Investigators must hold a relevant advanced degree (M.D., and/or Ph.D.), and have completed all research training. This call for proposals is open to investigators at corporations as well as the academic/university arena.

For the New Therapy–Commercialization Grants, the Epilepsy Foundation encourages 1:1 matching grants to academic and commercial entities to support the commercialization of novel approaches to the treatment of epilepsy. These matching funds seek to leverage other resources, and accelerate the pace of therapeutic advances. Preference will be given to proposals that already have a commercial partner engaged to assist with development and to proposals that have committed or matched funding from the sponsoring institution, commercial partner or other third party source. For the New Therapy Commercialization Grants, applicants must demonstrate background work beyond the basic science discovery stage.

Epilepsy Innovation Seal of Excellence

Application deadline: LOIs due August 12, 2016

Instructions and Guidelines

The Epilepsy Innovation Seal of Excellence award is similar to the Epilepsy Foundation - New Therapy Commercialization Grants (NTCG) Program above, designed to accelerate the advancement of research from the laboratory to the patient. SEALs are provided to academic and commercial groups worldwide. The program seeks to advance the development of new therapies including but not limited to medicines, biologics or devices. All proposals must demonstrate a clear path from the lab to the patient and are evaluated with consideration for their potential value to patients, likelihood of successful development including regulatory approval and the timeframe of development. Drug development may be stimulated at the early phases leading to an IND.

The Epilepsy Innovation Seal of Excellence award is not primarily a grant program. The program provides a competitive, in-depth review by the Scientific and Business Advisory Boards and an actual SEAL that may be used by the awardee to generate interest in the project.  A one-time monetary award of $5,000 may be given in recognition of the potential significance of the project in addressing a significant need in epilepsy. The SEAL is awarded for one year. The applicants will typically have a research budget of between $1 and $5M for the overall project--amounts that currently exceed the resources of the Epilepsy Foundation. The Epilepsy Foundation will assist the awardees in finding funds for the selected projects.

Targeted Research Initiative for Research Related to Cannabinoids and Epilepsy

Applications due: September 12, 2016

This program was developed to generate pilot data that can lead to sponsored research projects in the future.  Projects should address at least one of the following numbered items.

1.  Fundamental knowledge of anticonvulsant mechanism(s) of action of cannabidiol or other cannabinoids.

2.  Cannabinoid therapeutics:

  • Special interactions among AEDs and cannabidiol
  • Interactions of AEDs with epilepsy-associated, interictal dysfunctions of mood, anxiety and thought in those using cannabinoids as anticonvulsant therapy.

3.  Epidemiologic studies of those individuals using cannabinoids as anticonvulsant therapy.

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