Epilepsy is a very common feature of TSC, affecting eight out of ten people living with the condition. Over half of people with TSC who have epilepsy will not respond to standard anti-seizure medications and may need an alternative form of treatment. Epilepsy is generally more difficult to control for individuals living with TSC who have moderate or severe learning disabilities. Five out of every ten people with TSC have learning disabilities. Around three in ten people have profound learning disabilities and need round-the-clock care and life-long support from their families or move into residential care to receive this high level of support.
Applications are invited for awards of up to £250,000, over 1-4 years. Fellowship awards provide research funding for researchers planning to develop a track record in TSC-associated epilepsy research and seeking to transition into research leadership. Funds will cover the Fellow’s salary, support staff costs, and project running costs. You can read more about this partnership here.
During any Epilepsy Research UK grant round, a fellowship applicant can submit a maximum of one application. An individual researcher may be named as a supervisor on a maximum of two fellowship award applications.
Applicants should be graduates in either medicine, one of the sciences allied to medicine, neuroscience, engineering or mathematics. We advise applicants who are external to the TSC-associated epilepsy field to include a senior expert in TSC-associated epilepsy as a supervisor or collaborator on their proposal. Applicants must be a resident 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.
Fellowship applications are a two-stage process. Fellowship award applicants will have the additional step of an interview with members of the SAC.
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 – Fellowship award applicants will have the opportunity to respond to peer review comments.
March 2023 – Fellowship award applicants will be invited to interview with members of the SAC. The SAC 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.
We recommend using the example application form as a guide before completing the online application portal. The Epilepsy Research UK & TSA Fellowship Award example application form can be downloaded here.