DSF Research Grant Program (New)2018-05-23T10:38:37+00:00
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DSF’s Research Grant Program offers funding for research directly related to Dravet syndrome and associated disorders. These 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. Research Grant Awardees are required to give updates on their work throughout the grant cycle and present their findings at our annual Research Roundtable meeting.

 

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2018 FUNDING CYCLE

Beginning in 2018, a letter of intent will be required for full application invitations. Questions on our Research Grant Program can be directed to Nicole Villas, DSF Scientific Director.

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APPLYING FOR A 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 per year

RESEARCH 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. We encourage you to submit a Letter of Intent to Nicole by May 18, 2018. You will receive notification by June 29, 2018, if we encourage your full application. Full applications, with or without a Letter of Intent, are due by September 7, 2018.

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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?
5) Do I have faculty appointment or an offer letter and Department/Institution commitment of resources and space?

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 Nicole to 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.

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DSF’s Postdoctoral Research Fellowship Program develops academic physicians and scientists committed to research related to Dravet syndrome and associated disorders. 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.

Post-doctoral Fellowship Grants may be appropriate for basic or translational research. These projects have significant potential to advance our understanding of Dravet syndrome; slow or halt the of progression of the disease, characteristics, or comorbidities of the disease; and/or reduce mortality. Studies focusing on quality of life are not appropriate for this research focus area. These grants are appropriate for fellows with either a Ph.D or an M.D. who are proposing research projects that are laboratory- or field- based. A project involving clinical trial samples for a study in conjunction with a clinician that does not involve the Applicant having direct patient interaction would also be appropriate for the Basic/Translational Focus area.

2018 FUNDING CYCLE

Deadline for Applications: September 7, 2018
Award Announcement: Late November, 2018
Earliest Project Start Date: January 1, 2019

APPLYING FOR A 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 per year.

POSTDOCTORAL RESEARCH FELLOWSHIP GRANTS

$50,000 for one year

Postdoctoral Fellowships are intended to support a full-time research effort. Successful applicants receive a stipend of $50,000 over the 12 month award. No indirect costs are provided. The number of awards is contingent on available funds.

POSTDOCTORAL RESEARCH FELLOWSHIP GRANT ELIGIBILITY

If you would like to apply for a DSF Postdoctoral Fellowship 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 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.
  • US Citizenship is not required.

POSTDOCTORAL RESEARCH FELLOWSHIP GRANT 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. 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.

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DSF is pleased to announce the addition of a Clinician-Researcher Award to encourage early faculty physicians (Instructor and Assistant Professor level) to pursue clinical research in Dravet syndrome. This award is intended to support a full-time faculty appointed clinician with $75,000 for one year on a defined clinical project related to Dravet syndrome.

Clinician-Researcher Awards support hypothesis-driven clinical research projects that have significant potential to advance our understanding of Dravet syndrome; slow or halt the of 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.

Details

Award funds 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.

2018 FUNDING CYCLE

Deadline for Applications: September 7, 2018
Award Announcement: Late November, 2018
Earliest Project Start Date: January 1, 2019

APPLYING FOR A GRANT

Dravet Syndrome Foundation’s Medical Advisory Board oversees our Clinician-Researcher Award Program and makes funding recommendations to DSF’s Board of Directors. Applications are reviewed once per year.

CLINICIAN-RESEARCHER AWARD

$75,000 for one year

ELIGIBILITY

Applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Hold a Doctor of Medicine or Osteopathy degree
  • Have a valid, active U.S. medical license at the time of application, though U.S. citizenship is not required.
  • Work at a U.S. academic institution that grants doctoral degrees and is able to receive an award as an organization with 501(c)(3) Internal Revenue Service status.
  • Have a full-time faculty appointment at a U.S. academic institution that grants doctoral degrees. Adjunct, affiliated, temporary, part-time or acting faculty positions are not eligible for this competition.
  • Not be the principal investigator of a current multi-year research grant with annual direct funding in the amount of $225,000 or higher, except for NIH career development awards.
  • Not be the principal investigator of a current single or multi-principal investigator National Institutes of Health R01 research grant or equivalent.
  • Be guaranteed a minimum overall research time protection of 75 percent of full-time professional effort by the institution where the applicant has an appointment, in the event an award is made. There is no explicit minimum percent effort that must be dedicated to the proposed project.
  • With the exception of career development and training awards, individuals must not be receiving a fellowship from another source during the course of the proposed project.

CLINICIAN-RESEARCHER 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. 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.

SUBMIT YOUR APPLICATION HERE