Epilepsy Research UK was formed in 2007 through a merger of the Epilepsy Research Foundation and the Fund for Epilepsy. We are the only national charity exclusively dedicated to funding independent scientific research into epilepsy in the UK, and since 2007 we have allocated almost £8 million in grant awards.
Epilepsy Research UK invests in research into all areas of epilepsy – giving priority to those areas which have the potential to produce results in immediate problem areas, including: research leading to improvements in the accuracy of diagnosis; and research into improving the treatment and quality of life of the patient. Epilepsy Research UK also supports basic scientific research and operates a fellowship programme to encourage scientists to pursue a career in epilepsy research. The aim is to support innovative research, of the highest scientific merit, that has the greatest potential for patient benefit.
Our Scientific Advisory Committee (consisting of epilepsy experts from various scientific disciplines and also two lay members) advises the Trustees on grant applications and fellowship awards, recommends research priorities and monitors the progress of research supported by Epilepsy Research UK.
Our 2016 Research Report can be read here.