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Deadline for preliminary applications: 16:00 22nd September 2022 

Epilepsy Research UK invites applications for grants to support project studies in the UK. We encourage high-quality proposals for fundamental science and clinical research grants investigating the causes, diagnosis or treatment of epilepsy and associated conditions. Applications are invited for grants of up to £175,000 to support a research project lasting a maximum of three years. Project grant proposals will investigate an hypothesis that has been based on pilot data, with the aim of substantially contributing to furthering knowledge of epilepsy. Applications for the support of salary costs, purchase of equipment, or PhD student fees are also welcome. It is expected that the majority of the grant will cover a dedicated salary or support staff costs for 3 years.

NUMBER OF APPLICATIONS PERMITTED PER GRANT ROUND

During any Epilepsy Research UK grant round, an individual researcher may be named on a maximum of two project/fellowship grant applications. This can either be as principal applicant on one and co-applicant/supervisor on the other, or as co-applicant/supervisor on both.

The submission of identical or similar proposals to both the project grant and fellowship award streams is not permitted.

ELIGIBILITY

Applicants for all grants should be graduates in either medicine, one of the sciences allied to medicine, engineering or mathematics. We advise applicants who are external to the epilepsy field to include a senior expert in epilepsy as a co-applicant on their proposal. Applicants must be residents in the UK and affiliated to an academic institution in the UK.

At any time, an individual researcher may be named on a maximum of two active project/fellowship grants. This can either be as principal investigator on one and co-investigator/supervisor on the other, or as co-investigator/supervisor on both.

Please note that existing Epilepsy Research UK grant holders are not eligible for funding unless the reporting of outcomes from their existing ERUK-funded grants is up-to-date.

APPLICATION PROCESS – TIMELINE

Endeavour Project Grant applications are a two-stage process.

July 2022 – grant round opens for ten weeks for preliminary applications

22 September 2022, 16:00 – CLOSING DATE – for preliminary applications

November 2022 – preliminary applications are shortlisted by our Scientific Advisory Committee (SAC). Shortlisted applicants will be invited to submit a full application by 10 January 2023.

Shortlisted applicants will have an opportunity to meet with members of the Shape Epilepsy Research Network in advance of submitting a full application.

10 January 2023, 16:00 – CLOSING DATE – for shortlisted applicants to submit their full application.
Full applications are then sent externally for independent peer review.

February 2023 – Project grant applicants will have the opportunity to respond to the peer review comments.

March 2023 – Following peer review, the SAC meet to review the applications and make recommendations to the Epilepsy Research UK Board of Trustees for funding.

April 2023 – Applicants are notified of the outcome of their application.

The SAC comprises a panel of the UK’s leading neurologists, neuroscientists and expert epilepsy researchers.  The current SAC membership can be found here.

Full Guidance for Applicants can be found here.

Applications can be submitted through the online application portal here.

We recommend using the example application form as a guide before completing the online application portal. The Endeavour Project Grant example application form can be downloaded here.

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