Research Grant Application Guidelines

Research Grant Awards are the largest type of grant awarded by DSF. These grants are intended for established, experienced, independent investigators affiliated with a research or academic institution whose proposed projects investigate hypotheses directly related to Dravet syndrome. Proposals are scored according to NIH guidelines based on the quality of preliminary data, research design, feasibility, investigator’s qualifications, and overall impact. Grants are awarded for $150,000 over 2 years (beginning January 1 of each year), with indirect costs not to exceed 10% of the award.

Investigators applying for a research grant should ensure their proposed project addresses the needs of the Dravet syndrome community and DSF’s mission to support research toward better treatments and a cure for Dravet syndrome.

Eligibility: Applicants should be affiliated with a research or academic institution (excluding for-profit companies), may be US or foreign based, established in their field, and in good standing with their institution.

Our 2020 priority areas include:

● Transformative research to enhance our understanding of the cellular, molecular, genetic and systems-level mechanisms that lead to Dravet syndrome, facilitating the continued investigation of disease-modifying or preventative strategies

● Research that will encourage the development of novel therapies to prevent onset or halt the progression of the Dravet syndrome

● Research focused on new, effective treatments for Dravet syndrome and/or its comorbidities

Applications are due by Friday, September 4, 2020. 

Please email Veronica with any questions.

Application Instructions

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 in NIH format (listing all authors) – no limit
  9. CV/Biosketch – found here 

*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.