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. Email Signup



Deadline for Applications:  September 1, 2014

Award Announcement:  Late November, 2014

Earliest Project Start Date:  January 1, 2015



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 per year. We offer two grant types – Research Grants and Postdoctoral Research Fellowship Grants.



Up to $150,000 for a two-year project

Research Grant requests may be made for up to $75,000 per year for two years. Indirect costs of no more than 10% of the total award are permitted. If a grant request is for more than $150,000, a Letter of Intent must be sent to Mary Anneby June 1, 2014. You will receive notification by July 1, 2014 if we would like you to submit a formal proposal.


Research Grant Eligibility

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.


Research Grant Application Guidelines

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

9) CV


*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.



$50,000 for one year

DSF’s Postdoctoral Research Fellowship Grant develops academic physicians and scientists committed to research related to Dravet syndrome and associated ion channel epilepsies. The fellowship is intended to support a full-time research effort. Successful applicants receive a stipend of $50,000 over the 12 month award. The number of awards is contingent upon the availability of funds. Award funds are made to the institution in two payments for direct expenses of the fellow (salary and benefits). No indirect costs are provided. Submission of scientific and financial reports are due no later than 30 days after the completion of project.


Postdoctoral Research Fellowship Grant Eligibility

If you would like to apply for a DSF Research Grant, you must meet the following criteria:

        • Hold a Doctor of Medicine, Doctor of Philosophy, Doctor of Science, or equivalent degree.
        • Be a clinical or post-doctoral fellow at an appropriate institution before or by the start date of the fellowship.
        • Have an acceptable research plan directed towards the purpose of DSF’s research program
        • Have access to institutional resources to conduct the proposed research project.
        • Not have previously been awarded a DSF Post-Doctoral Research Training Fellowship.
        • Academic faculty holding the rank of Instructor, Adjunct Professor, Research Assistant, Assistant or Associate Professor are not eligible, nor are graduate or medical students, medical residents, permanent government employees, or employees of private industry.
        • Individuals receiving a fellowship from another source are not eligible to receive DSF funding.


Postdoctoral Research Fellowship Grant Guidelines

*Coming soon*



Completed applications should be submitted via email before the cut-off date to Mary Annefor submission to the Scientific Advisory Board.