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Research and Training Fellowships for Clinicians

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

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Epilepsy Foundation and the American Epilepsy Society

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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. An LOI must be submitted prior to the full application. 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 provide mentored support for clinical fellows or recently appointed clinical faculty who intend to pursue a career in epilepsy research. Proposals are welcomed across the spectrum of basic, translational, and clinical research.

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.

Evaluation Criteria:
- The applicant should have the potential and commitment to develop as an independent and productive epilepsy researcher.
- The applicant's academic record and research experience must be of high quality.
- The mentor's research qualifications, including successful competition for research support, should be appropriate for the proposed fellowship.
- There should be 1) evidence of a match between the research interests of the applicant and the mentor (including an understanding of the applicant’s research training needs) and 2) a demonstrated ability and commitment of the mentor to assist in meeting these needs.
- There must be an outstanding track record in training by the mentor, including evidence of training outcomes that suggest the research training provided by the mentor will foster a successful research career and outcome for the applicant.
- The research plan should address a scientifically significant problem in epilepsy research, for example as framed by the 2014 NINDS Benchmarks for Epilepsy Research or the Institute of Medicine 2012 research recommendations around public health for epilepsy research.
- The research project must be well-conceived, with rigor in experimental design, methodology, analysis, interpretation, and reporting of results. It should include clear hypotheses and potential alternative outcomes. It must consider key biological variables like gender and include authentication of key biological and/or chemical resources, if appropriate, as defined by the NIH guidelines on rigor & transparency.
- While not required, if the proposed research includes a data-sharing plan, it can provide added value to the work.
- The proposed training plan should provide mentoring and experiences that will benefit the applicant’s career development in terms of scientific knowledge and research and professional skills. There should be a training plan to transition an awardee toward further training and career focus on research in epilepsy.
- There should be a specific plan for the applicant to receive formal training, beyond the proposed research, in methodology appropriate for their field of research, such as courses in experimental design and statistics, drug discovery and development, clinical research, or seminars/grand rounds/workshops relevant to the proposed field of research.
- There should be a plan for the applicant to attend national scientific meetings or workshops (especially the American Epilepsy Society annual meeting) and/or participate in appropriate networking activities.
- The applicant should clearly indicate a commitment to devote at least 50% effort to research and training during the term of the fellowship.
- The research facilities, resources, and training opportunities should be adequate and appropriate, including faculty capable of productive collaboration with the candidate.
- The environment for scientific and professional development of the candidate should be of high quality.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 160891

Estimated Size of Grant:

The fellowship award provides up to $50,000 for one year, with $49,000 for stipend and $1000 for travel support to attend the AES Annual Meeting, as well as complimentary registration to the AES Annual Meeting and one-year of complimentary AES membership.

Term of Contract:

The award is provided for one year to support the direct costs of research.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Applicants must:
-Hold a MD, PhD, ScD, DO, PharmD, or equivalent degree in a relevant clinical discipline.
-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.
-Have a defined research plan and access to institutional resources to conduct the proposed project.
- 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.
- Have a qualified mentor with expertise to supervise and provide guidance on epilepsy-related research.
- 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.
- Have not previously been awarded a Research and Training Fellowship for Clinicians.
- 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.
-U.S. citizenship is not required; however, all research must be conducted in the U.S.
-Applications are encouraged from women, members of minority groups, and people with  disabilities.

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.

An individual may only serve as the primary mentor for one application submitted for a mentored award.

Pre-Application Information:

Letter of Intent: Due by December 20, 2018

Only applicants who have submitted a LOI and receive approval are eligible to submit a full grant application. LOI will be evaluated solely for the applicant’s eligibility for the grant mechanism.

- November 1, 2018 by 5:00 PM ET: Concise LOI submission opens through proposalCENTRAL
- December 20, 2018: Concise LOI submission deadline
- January 8, 2019: Applicants invited to submit full proposals, following eligibility screen
- January 31, 2019: Full proposals due
- May 2019: Award notifications sent out
- July 1, 2019: Earliest start date. May be delayed up to 3 months
- October 1, 2019: Latest possible start date.

Prior unfunded applicants may reapply, but all applications will be treated as new submissions. More than one application may be submitted from a single institution, but final funding decisions will take into account a preference to limit multiple awards to one institution.

Applicants may request a delay in the start date of up to 3 months.

Applicants have the option of applying for an additional travel award to attend a high-quality training opportunity such as a course or conference to supplement the training received during their award. Priority will be given to opportunities for hands-on training experiences

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