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 29, 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

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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AAN/ABF/AES/EF Susan Spencer Clinical Research Training Fellowship in Epilepsy

Applications due: October 1, 2016 - apply via the AAN website

The Clinical Research and Training Fellowship in Epilepsy was established in honor of Susan S. Spencer, M.D., a Past President of the American Epilepsy Society who was Professor of Neurology and Medical Director of the Epilepsy Program at the Yale University School of Medicine and Yale New Haven Hospital. Following her untimely death in the Spring of 2009, the fellowship was created with shared resources from the Epilepsy Foundation EF), the American Epilepsy Society (AES), and the American Academy of Neurology (AAN).

AES/EF Clinical Research Apprenticeship

LOIs due: October 5, 2016 - apply via the AES website

The Epilepsy Foundation will support up to two one-year mentored awards in the amount of $25,000 for one year for salary (at least 30% effort) plus $10,000 per year towards classwork and travel to appropriate meetings. Applicants should be accepted into an epilepsy fellowship at a level 3 or 4 epilepsy center in the United States and may apply for either their first or second year of fellowship. Applicants must seek out a program that is actively involved in a large clinical research endeavor in epilepsy, identify a mentor who is involved in the project, and identify a role in the project that will lead to a publication or independent scholarship related to the project. The individualized training program proposed may consist of both didactic training and a supervised research experience designed to develop knowledge and skills in the chosen area of research and foster the career goals of the candidate. 

AES/EF Research and Training Fellowship for Clinicians

LOIs due: October 5, 2016 - apply via the AES website

Research and Training Fellowships for Clinicians provide mentored support for clinical fellows or recently appointed clinical faculty who intend to pursue basic, translational, or clinical epilepsy research, including epidemiologic or behavioral studies, clinical trials, studies of disease mechanisms or treatments, the development of new technologies, and health services and outcomes research. Applicants must be able to devote at least 50% of their time to the fellowship and should propose a research project and training program designed to develop scientific skills and preliminary data in preparation for an independent research career. The fellowship award provides up to $50,000 for one year for stipend and travel support to attend the AES Annual Meeting, as well as a one-year AES membership.

AES/EF Junior Investigator Research Awards

LOIs due: October 5, 2016 - apply via the AES website

Junior Investigator Research Awards supports basic, translational, or clinical epilepsy research by recently independent investigators and are intended to facilitate successful competition for subsequent longer term support from the NIH or other sources. Proposals are welcome across the spectrum of basic, translational, and clinical epilepsy research, including studies of disease mechanisms or treatments, epidemiologic or behavioral studies, the development of new technologies, and health services and outcomes research. This award provides up to $50,000 for one year to support the direct costs of research. The number of awards granted each year is contingent upon available funds.