Seed Grant Program

Funding Agency:
American Epilepsy Society

AES Seed Grants offer funds to help enable established investigators to pursue new and innovative lines of research, collaborations, and/or research methods.

Specific fieldsĀ of research are competitive for funding from our partners, some of whom have offered to fund a grant in full. If a proposal aligns with the priorities of a partner who will fund in full, some eligibility requirements may be waived and the proposals will compete for a separate pool of funding.

Deadline: Oct. 25, 2023

Agency Website

Eligibility Requirements

  1. Applications may come from individual investigators or from two or more collaborating investigators. The primary investigator (PI) or at least one of the primary investigators in a multiple-PI seed grant must be: 1) an AES member; 2) an established investigator with at least an Associate Professor or equivalent level appointment; and 3) an epilepsy-focused academic investigator. An assistant professor(s) may serve as a collaborator or Co-PI on the project provided that the application is submitted by the established professor and the award is contracted at least in part for use by the established professor.
  2. The proposed research must be in a new direction that could not be initiated without Seed support. Proposals are welcome across the spectrum of epilepsy research, including basic, translational, clinical, and outcomes-related research.
  3. If a project involves a collaboration between two or more investigators, preference will be given to collaborations that are new and/or involve investigators at different institutions or in different disciplines or fields of research.
  4. Although collaborations between academic and industry investigators will be considered, the grant must go to an academic institution and the academic investigator should be the primary investigator. Preference will be given to collaborations between academic investigators.



Funding Type





Engineering and Physical Sciences
Medical - Basic Science
Medical - Clinical Science
Medical - Translational

External Deadline

October 25, 2023