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CURE seeks to promote the careers of young investigators to allow them to develop a research focus independent of their mentor(s). Researchers may propose basic or clinical CURE Awardsstudies, but this award mechanism is not intended to support clinical trials. Research that involves collaboration and a multidisciplinary approach is desirable. Applicant will be required to discuss how this avenue of research is independent from his or her mentor’s research, and will lead him or her to a path of independent epilepsy research. We encourage studies that will provide new directions for epilepsy therapy, prevention and, ultimately, a cure and that will allow applicants to collect the data necessary to support a National Institutes of Health grant application.

Eligibility: These awards will be provided for senior postdoctoral fellows who have a minimum of 3 years postdoctoral experience, clinical fellows who are Neurology Residents in their Neurology training who are considering Epilepsy Fellowships, or newly appointed faculty within one year of having completed postdoctoral training.  Individuals from any country are eligible to apply; you do not have to be a US citizen or working in the US to apply for this award. All materials must be submitted in English.

Amount: Requests may be made for up to $100,000 for one year.  Funding requests may include salary support for the PI, technical staff and/or collaborators; supplies, animal costs, etc.; and travel to an epilepsy-related conference if the PI is presenting his/her CURE-funded research. Funds are not to be used to purchase equipment. Indirect costs are not supported.

Letter of Intent: All applicants must submit a Letter of Intent (LOI). The LOI should clearly and succinctly outline the hypothesis to be tested, the specific aims, and provide a brief description of the research plan according to the guidelines in this announcement. All LOIs are evaluated by scientific reviewers and the Lay Review Council.

Letters of Support: All individuals invited to submit full applications will be required to submit two letters of support; one letter of support from their direct supervisor/mentor and one letter of support from another senior investigator/clinician familiar with the individual’s expertise, experience, and potential to develop an independent investigator-initiated research program.

Deadline for Receipt of LOI: November 16, 2016 - 9pm ET April 19, 2017 - 9pm ET
Full Application Invitations: by January 12, 2017 by May 26, 2017
Deadline for Receipt of Full Applications: February 23, 2017 - 9pm ET July 6, 2017 - 9pm ET
Anticipated Award Announcement: May 2017 October 2017
Earliest Project Start Date: July 2017 January 2018

See LOI Guidelines



CURE For questions, please contact Liz Higgins at the CURE office, 312.255.1801, or email

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