DSF’s Research Grant Programs 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.

DSF offers three types of grant programs: Research Grants, Postdoctoral Fellowships, and Clinician Researcher Awards. 

2019 Funding Cycle:

Applications due Friday Sept. 6, 2019

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Research Grants

Award: $150,000 over 2 years


  • MD, PhD, DO, or equivalent degree
  • Independent investigator affiliated with an academic or research institution (Awards are not given to private companies)
  • Faculty appointment or offer letter and department/institution commitment of resources and space
  • US citizenship not required

Indirects: Not to exceed 10% of total award

Postdoctoral Fellowships

Award: $50,000 for one year


  • 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.
Clinician Researcher Award

Award: $75,000 for one year


  • MD, DO, or equivalent
  • Active U.S. medical license
  • 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.
  • Full-time faculty appointed position
  • Not the PI of a current multi-year research grant >$225,000 (excluding NIH career development)
  • Not the PI of a current R01 research grant or equivalent.
  • Able to dedicate 75% professional effort to research (project does not have to account for all 75%)
  • Not receiving another fellowship, with the exception of NIH Career Development Awards