Research Grant Program
This program offers grants for research directly related to Dravet syndrome and associated disorders. Our research grants fund initial research hypotheses that have not been fully explored. The results extracted from this type of research will help bring untested research to the point that it can qualify for larger governmental funding. Research applications are judged principally on novelty of the hypotheses, innovative approaches with a direct relevance and application to Dravet syndrome and related epilepsies, scientific quality, strength of approach, and likelihood of success. Grant Awardees are required to give updates on their work throughout the grant cycle and present their findings at our annual Research Roundtable meeting.
Applying for a Research Grant
Dravet Syndrome Foundation’s Scientific Advisory Board oversees our Research Grant Program and makes funding recommendations to DSF’s Board of Directors. Applications are reviewed once a year – with application deadlines on December 15 of the previous year. Funding decisions are made by April 15 and grant start dates typically begin on May 31. The application cycle for 2013 is now closed.
If you are thinking of applying for a DSF Research Grant ask yourself the following questions:
1) Is my research directly relevant to Dravet syndrome or related epilepsies?
2) Am I affiliated with an academic or research institution (we do not award funds to individuals or private companies)?
3) Am I available to present my findings at the annual DSF Research Roundtable before AES?
4) Am I fully compliant on all prior DSF Research Grant Awards?
If you answer “Yes” to all of the above questions, you are eligible to apply for a DSF Research Grant. If you answered “No” or “Maybe” to any of the questions, please email Mary Anneto see how you may become compliant.
Applications which do not include the following materials and meet the specified page limitations will be returned unprocessed, or will be deferred until a subsequent granting cycle:
1) Face Page - found here
2) Scientific Abstract and Lay abstract – 1 page or less
3) Budget Page*
4) Budget Justification Page
5) Hypothesis and Specific Aims – 1 page
6) Research Design – 4 pages, including background, preliminary data, experimental plan and methods
7) A statement on how the research will advance the understanding, treatment or care of people with Dravet Syndrome or related epilepsies – ½ page
8) Citations – no limit
*If the total budget for your project exceeds the amount you are requesting from DSF, your budget page must include a breakdown of how all funds, including those from other sources, will be used. Indirect costs of no more than 10% of the total award are permitted.
DSF does not provide feedback on the grant review process.
Completed applications should be submitted via email before the cut-off dates to Mary Annefor submission to the Scientific Advisory Board.