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 four types of grant programs: Research Grants, Clinical Research Grants, Postdoctoral Fellowships, and Clinician-Researcher Awards.
2021 Funding Cycle:
Applications due Friday September 10, 2021
2021 Basic and Translational Priority Areas include:
- Understanding the mechanisms of epileptogenesis in Dravet syndrome
- Development of enhanced models to study Dravet syndrome
- Understanding of the cellular, molecular, and genetic mechanisms that contribute to the pathogenesis of Dravet syndrome
- Revealing causes and interventions for seizures and comorbidities in Dravet syndrome
- Understanding causes and developing interventions for SUDEP
- Development of novel treatments and interventions that will prevent the onset or halt the progression of Dravet syndrome; this includes research that may overcome the current size and delivery hurdles for gene-therapy approaches
2021 Clinical Priority Areas include:
- Research that helps identify patient trends, characteristics, epidemiology, or other clinical aspects of Dravet syndrome and/or its comorbidities
- Research that helps to understand, predict, and prevent SUDEP
- Research that will encourage the development of novel therapies to prevent onset or halt the progression of the Dravet syndrome
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