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Research and Training Fellowships for Clinicians (RTFC)

Fellowships to USA Early Career Researchers to Support
Research Projects and Training Related to Epilepsy

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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American Epilepsy Society (AES), Epilepsy Foundation (EF), Pediatric Epilepsy Research Foundation, NORSE Institute, and FamilieSCN2A Foundation

Deadline Date:

01/08/20 5:00 PM Eastern Time


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Fellowships and awards of up to $50,000 to USA early-career researchers with an M.D., Ph.D., Sc.D., PharmD, DO, or equivalent degree to support research and training in an area related to epilepsy. Funding is intended for basic, translational, or clinical research studies of disease mechanisms or treatments, epidemiologic or behavioral studies, the development of new technologies, and health services and outcomes research.

AES Research and Training Fellowships for Clinicians (RTFC) provide mentored support for clinical fellows or clinical faculty who intend to pursue a career in epilepsy research. Proposals are welcomed across the spectrum of basic, translational, and clinical research on the causes, treatments, and consequences of epilepsy, seizures, and related disorders and their treatment. Applicants should propose a research project and training program designed to develop scientific skills and preliminary data in preparation for an independent research career.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 160891

Number of Grants:

The number of awards granted each year is contingent upon available funds.

Estimated Size of Grant:

The fellowship award provides up to $50,000 for one year, of which $1000 is intended as travel support to attend the AES Annual Meeting. The award also includes one-year AES membership and complimentary registration to the AES Annual Meeting.

Term of Contract:

In general, the award term should be July 1, 2020-June 30, 2021. However, a delay of up to 3 months (beginning no later than October 1, 2020) in the start date is permitted if necessary.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Applicants must:
1. Hold a MD, PhD, ScD, DO, PharmD, or equivalent degree in a relevant clinical discipline.
2. Be a clinical fellow, postdoctoral fellow, or newly appointed clinical faculty member within five years of first full-time appointment at an appropriate institution by the beginning of the project term.
Researchers with appointments at the level of Adjunct Professor or Associate Professor are not eligible, nor are research assistants, graduate or medical students, medical residents, permanent government employees, or employees of private industry.
3. Have a defined research plan and access to institutional resources to conduct the proposed project.
4. Be able to devote at least 50% of their time to the Research and Training Fellowship. If a reduced protected time is deemed necessary by an early career clinical faculty applicant, such requests will be considered on a case by case manner and on a competitive basis, provided that such requests do not compromise the training experience and research goals of the applicant’s project. Early career clinical faculty applicants who request reduced effort for their RTFC must include in their application a justification and elaborate on their
plans to ensure that the research and training goals of the RTFC will be met.
5. Have a qualified mentor with expertise to supervise and provide guidance on epilepsy-related research. The mentor must not also be serving as the primary mentor for any other applications for early career grants to AES and must not be submitting a Junior Investigator Research Award.
6. Not be, or have previously been, the Principal Investigator on a multiyear research or career development or project grant, such as an NIH K08, K23, K99/R00, R01, or R03. However, individuals who received support through an institutional K awards (e.g. K12) are eligible provided that the provided funds do not overlap.
7. Have not previously been awarded a Research and Training Fellowship for Clinicians.

In addition:

8. Physician applicants whose research will involve patient care or direct involvement with patients must have completed all residency training and be licensed to practice medicine at their institution.
9. U.S. citizenship is not required; however, all research must be conducted in the U.S.
10. Applications are encouraged from women, members of minority groups, and people with disabilities.

Pre-Application Information:

- November 1, 2019: Application submission opens through proposalCENTRAL
- January 8, 2020: Full proposals due by 5:00 PM Eastern Time
- May 2020: Award notifications sent out
- July 1, 2020: Earliest award start date (may be delayed up to 3 months)

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Apply online:

For questions, contact:
Jennifer Brummet PhD

For application system support, contact:
800 875 2562 (Toll-free U.S. and Canada)
+1 703 964 5840 (Direct Dial International)

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