Research Grants

These grants will be awarded for the following purposes:

  • Launching of a project: operating costs in the expectation of funds already requested from government agencies. In this category, the description of the project should bear mainly on the initial stages (and/or reorientation) rather than the whole research program.
  • Pre-research: preliminary studies in preparation of a more substantial request to be addressed to another agency. In this category, the applicant should not only provide a description of his pre-research, but also outline the project to which it is leading. If he/she already holds other grants, it should be explained why these may not be used to finance the pre-research.
  • Pursuit or completion of a project: temporary support following the interruption or the termination of a grant.
  • Contribution to the funding of a research project of particular interest in the field of epilepsy.
  • Contribution to the funding of a scientific activity (e.g. workshop, symposium) related to the field of epilepsy. Requests for funding for a conference cannot exceed $5,000.

The budget can be used for the salary of a research assistant or summer student but not for a master's, doctoral student or postdoctoral fellow. For the latter student categories, an application to the scholarship program must be done. Note also that a research laboratory cannot submit the same project for both a salary award and a research grant.

Indirect (overhead) costs
It is important to note that the Foundation does not have a specific policy regarding overhead or indirect costs. However, it would not be to the advantage of the research applicant to ask for indirect funds. It is generally felt that requesting such funds places a significant burden on the research budget of the Foundation. The higher the overhead expense the less money dedicated to the research which could detract from the project in the view of the members of the Scientific Committee.

Application guidelines

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