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.

The following opportunities are now available for Fall 2015

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

Epilepsy Foundation - New Therapy Commercialization Grants Program

  • LOI deadline: August 14, 2015, 11:59 PM ET

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.

Epilepsy Foundation - New Therapy Commercialization Grants Program information and application instructions.

Epilepsy Innovation Seal of Excellence award

  • LOI deadline: August 14, 2015, 11:59 PM ET

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, an actual SEAL that may be used by the awardee to generate interest in the project, and a one-time $25,000 grant for the research. The SEAL is awarded for one year, renewable upon application, for up to a total of four years; the funding for this award is only provided for the first 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.

Epilepsy Innovation Seal of Excellence award information and application instructions.

Targeted Research Initiative for Morbidity and Mortality

The Targeted Research Initiative for Morbidity and Mortality supports research that generates initial data leading to more extensive projects that will generate knowledge that will ultimately improve the lives of persons with epilepsy. This initiative recognizes the need for research and new insights into these scientific areas.The broad focus of the morbidity portion of this program includes: identification of somatic comorbidities in epilepsy that occur more than expected among controls, including but not limited to diabetes, gastrointestinal bleeding, chronic lung disease, congenital cardiac abnormalities, heart failure, and pneumonia; andassociations between somatic comorbidities in epilepsy and epilepsy outcomes, including quality of life in epilepsy, seizure remission, stigma and other outcomes. The mortality portion of the program is focused upon potentially preventable causes of death in epilepsy, such as accidents, suicide and SUDEP. Applicants are encouraged to examine risk factors for these causes of death in epilepsy; as well as interventions to decrease the presence of risk factors for these causes of death where risk factors have been identified.

Research Grants Program

The Research Grants Program stimulates epilepsy research by providing funding for investigators in the early stages of their careers. Seed grants are awarded to clinical investigators or basic scientists for support of biological or behavioral research which will advance the understanding, treatment, and prevention of epilepsy. Applications from established investigators (Associate Professor level or above) and those that are PIs or co-PIs on past or currently active major federal grants such as NIH (R, P, or K series grants), DOD, or NSF are ineligible.

Predoctoral Research Training Fellowship

The Predoctoral Research Training Fellowship supports predoctoral students with dissertation research related to epilepsy, thus strengthening their interest in establishing epilepsy research as a career direction. Graduate students must be matriculating in a full-time doctoral (Ph.D.) program with an academic career focus. Areas of interest considered include, but are not limited to neuroscience, physiology, pharmacology, psychology, biochemistry, genetics, nursing, or pharmacy.

Postdoctoral Research Fellowship

The Postdoctoral Research Fellowship develops academic physicians and scientists committed to research related to epilepsy. Applications are considered equally from individuals interested in acquiring experience either in basic laboratory research or in the conduct of human clinical studies. Physicians or Ph.D. neuroscientists who desire postdoctoral research experience are eligible to apply.

Information regarding Grant and Fellowship Opportunities for Spring 2015 are not available at this time. Please check back periodically for updates.

Research and Training Fellowships for Clinicians

The Research and Training Fellowships for Clinicians is for clinically trained professionals. This fellowship is one-year of supervised study and research. Individuals with an M.D. or D.O. who will have completed residency training in neurology, neurosurgery, pediatrics, internal medicine, or psychiatry by the time the fellowship commences may apply. Other clinically trained professionals (i.e. PharmD, Doctor of Nursing) are also eligible to apply.