Clinician-Researcher Grant Application Guidelines

Clinician-Researcher Awards support hypothesis-driven clinical research projects that have significant potential to advance our understanding of Dravet syndrome; slow or halt the progression of the disease, characteristics, or comorbidities of the disease; and/or reduce mortality. The projects must be patient-oriented, with the investigator directly interacting with human subjects/patients. This includes studies such as therapeutic interventions or support/extension of existing clinical trials.


Award funds of $75,000 for one year are made to the affiliated institution in two payments, the second of which is dependent on IRB approval if not required for the first portion of the funding period. Awards are to be used to support a minimum physician effort (salary and benefits) of 25%; funds may also be used to support a clinical trial specialist’s efforts or similar. Up to $1000 may be set aside to present findings at a national meeting. No indirect costs are permitted. Submission of scientific and financial reports are due no later than 30 days after completion of the project.

Eligibility: Successful applicants hold an MD or DO degree, have a valid US medical license (though US citizenship is not required), work full-time at a US academic institution that grants doctoral degrees, and are guaranteed a minimum of 75% research time at their institution, though not all of that effort is expected on this project. With the exception of career development and training awards, Principal Investigators on NIH grants exceeding $225,000 and recipients of other fellowships are not eligible.

Applications are due by Friday, September 4, 2020.

Please email Veronica with any questions.


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. Grant Application, found here
  2. Letters of Support – Two letters of support are required; one letter of support from your direct supervisor/mentor and one letter of support from another senior investigator/clinician familiar with your expertise, experience, and potential.
  3. Biographical Sketch, found here. Not to exceed 3 pages.
  4. Project proposal. Not to exceed 6 pages. Must use Arial 11 or larger font