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2018-2019 GRANT ROUND


Epilepsy Research UK is now inviting preliminary project and fellowship grant applications, and pilot grant in epilepsy applications, to support scientific research into the causes, treatment, prevention, co-morbidities and psychosocial aspects of epilepsy. We encourage quality proposals for all types of research, including basic, clinical, social science and the holistic management of patients. All the information you need about the different grants we offer can be found below.


Applications are invited for grants of up to £200,000, to support a research project lasting a maximum of three years. Applications for smaller sums to support the purchase of equipment, student fees and salaries for non-tenured principal applicants are also welcome.


Applications are invited for grants of up to £250,000, over 1-3 years, to support fellowships. Funds will cover fellows’ salaries, support staff and project running costs.


Applications are invited for grants of up to £30,000 to support pilot or start-up studies lasting no more than two years. These can include research costs, equipment and salaries; however, there must be a clear emphasis on the generation of new/preliminary data. The project must be a novel piece of research and not part of a project or fellowship already funded by Epilepsy Research UK or any other funding body.

Please make sure you read the appropriate information for applicants before you complete your application form. These contain important details about eligibility and our application procedures. 


If you wish to see our full project/fellowship application forms, please email our research manager, Caoimhe Bennett, at

Also available to download here are our latest terms and conditions of funding and a list of epilepsy research gaps identified by UK Epilepsy Research Network. 

Applications must be submitted and received in Caoimhe’s email inbox by 16:00 on the day of the deadline. Any received after this time will not be considered. If you do not receive a confirmation of receipt within 48 hours of submitting, it may mean that your submission has been unsuccessful. It is your responsibility to follow up with Caoimhe ( 8747 5024) to check whether your application has arrived.

NOTE: Epilepsy Research UK only supports medical and scientific research into epilepsy at academic and medical institutions in the UK. We do not fund research elsewhere. Project grants cannot be used to support standalone meetings, conferences or workshops. All applicants should be graduates in medicine, one of the sciences allied to medicine, engineering or mathematics. They should be resident in the United Kingdom and affiliated to an academic institution in the United Kingdom.

Click here for the grant round statistics from last year.

CLINICAL APPLICATIONS: Please note the ACoRD Costing Framework is being updated from the 1st October 2018. Therefore you do not need to use ACoRD for 2018-19 CLINICAL preliminary applications. If shortlisted, the new framework will need to be used. For more information on the new framework read the AMRC’s blogpost here.

As a member of the Association of Medical Research Charities (AMRC), Epilepsy Research UK complies with AMRC principles for peer review and endorses the AMRC Statement on the Use of Animals in Research. Epilepsy Research UK will only fund research involving protected animals where no viable alternative exists. Research must be carried out under the appropriate Home Office licences and certificates, and the applicant must have regard to animal welfare and advances in the refinement, replacement and reduction of animal use.