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Epilepsy Research Institute awarded £1.47m from Early Career Researcher Fund

The Epilepsy Research Institute has been awarded £1.47 million from the UK Government Medical Research Charities Early Career Researcher Fund. The news follows the Government’s commitment of £45m to support charity-funded early career researchers, as outlined by Chancellor Jeremy Hunt in the spring budget.

This research investment is a result of tireless campaigning by the Association of Medical Research Charities (AMRC), of which the Institute is a proud member. The Early Career Researcher fund was launched in 2022 in recognition of the impact of Covid-19 and the ongoing pressures faced by the charity sector since the pandemic.

Rosemarie Pardington, Epilepsy Research Institute Chief Executive, said, “We are delighted to have been allocated £1.47m – the full amount we requested for 2023-24. This investment in early career researchers is vitally important and supports our research strategy, which is underpinned by six key themes aligned to the research priorities identified by the epilepsy community.”

The Institute previously received £475k in 2021-22 and £1.28m in 2022-23 from the fund, bringing the total amount received to over £3.2m. The allocation is delivered through the Medical Research Council with the aim of protecting the early career researcher pipeline and research grant activities. During the past three years this scheme has supported over 2,700 early career researcher posts, at over 140 UK institutions, funded by 96 medical research charities. Since the fund launched, a total of £115 million has been awarded to AMRC member charities. 

The funding announcement follows the Government’s decision to grant our charity institute status, which saw us become the world’s first national research institute dedicated to epilepsy. The Epilepsy Research Institute officially launched in October 2023 at a Downing Street reception hosted by George Freeman MP, then the Minister for Science, Research and Innovation. This was a landmark moment for the epilepsy research landscape and begun our work to radically advance research into the condition.

Read about the initial £45m funding announcement in the spring budget.

Find out more about the Institute’s research strategy.

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