Apply for funding

Our grant round is now closed and will re-open in July 2017.

Epilepsy Research UK is inviting preliminary project and fellowship grant applications, and full pilot grant in epilepsy applications, to support scientific research into the causes, treatment, prevention and co-morbidities of epilepsy. We encourage quality proposals for all types of research, including basic and social science, and clinical and holistic management of patients.

More details about the grants that we offer can be found below. Please read the appropriate information for applicants (available to download) for details about eligibility and our application procedure.

Application deadline: Friday 23 September 2016, 16:00

Project grants

Applications are invited for grants of up to £150,000, to support a research project lasting a maximum of 3 years. Applications for smaller sums to support salary costs, purchase of equipment, or student fees are also welcome.

Fellowship awards

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

This year we are also running a clinical research training fellowship opportunity in collaboration with the MRC. Please click here for details.

Pilot grants in epilepsy

Applications are invited for grants of up to £30,000 to support pilot or start-up studies lasting no more than 2 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.

 Application forms

Please  note that the word counts indicated in our application forms are not flexible. Applications that exceed any of the word limits provided may be rejected.

If you wish to see our full project/fellowship application forms, please email Delphine at

Important information for applicants

Please read the appropriate information for applicants for details about eligibility and our application procedure. Also available here are a list of current epilepsy research gaps, as identified by the UK Epilepsy Research Network (UKERN), and our latest terms and conditions of funding (for your information).

Applications must be submitted by 16:00 on the day of the deadline. Any submitted after this time will not be considered. If you do not receive a confirmation of receipt within four hours of submitting, it may mean that your submission has been unsuccessful. It is your responsibility to follow up with Delphine ( 8747 5024) to check whether or not 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 or one of the sciences allied to medicine. They should be resident in the United Kingdom and affiliated to an academic institution in the United Kingdom.

Figures from 2015-2016 grant round

There were a total of 63 applications to the 2015-2016 grant round: 12 fellowship award applications, 38 project grant applications and 13 pilot grant in epilepsy applications.

Of these, six fellowship award applications, 15 project grant applications and six pilot grant in epilepsy applications were shortlisted in November 2015.

In March 2016, two fellowship awards, one project grant and three pilot grants in epilepsy were awarded. The total research spend was £687,178, which was lower than that for March 2015 (£839,791).

Click here to see our research portfolio. Please note that new grants are announced to the public at the end of May each year.

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.