Targeted Research Initiative for Research Related to Cannabinoids and Epilepsy

Funding Agency:
Epilepsy Foundation

The Epilepsy Foundation supports translational, clinical and behavioral research leading to advances into the diagnosis and care of persons with seizures and epilepsy. The Epilepsy Foundation is pleased to continue its Targeted Research Initiative program on Cannabinoids, in recognition of the critical need for research on cannabidiol and other cannabinoids and their potential for therapeutic development for treatment of epilepsy.

This Request for Proposal (RFP) was developed to generate pilot data that can lead to sponsored research projects in the future. The Foundation invites research grant applications from interested investigators to conduct pilot research in the following areas. Projects should address at least one of the following numbered items.

1. Fundamental knowledge of anticonvulsant mechanism(s) of action of cannabidiol or other cannabinoids.

2. Cannabinoid therapeutics

  • Special interactions among AEDs and cannabidiol
  • Interactions of AEDs with epilepsy-associated, interictal dysfunctions of mood, anxiety and thought in those using cannabinoids as anticonvulsant therapy.

3. Epidemiologic studies of those individuals using cannabinoids as anticonvulsant therapy

Deadline: Sep. 25, 2017

Agency Website

Eligibility Requirements

Investigators must hold a relevant advanced degree (MD, PhD, MS, PharmD), and have completed all research training appropriate to the project proposed. This call for proposals is open to investigators at academic/university settings and others in the public and private sectors. All applications will be judged on a competitive basis, without regard to the academic rank or title of the investigator. Applicants whose research will involve patient care or direct involvement with patients must be licensed to practice their profession at their institution and must obtain Institutional Review Board (IRB) approval. U.S. citizenship is not required; however, research must be conducted in the U.S. 



Amount Description

Applicants may request up to $50,000 for one year. 

Funding Type



Junior Faculty
Medical Fellow/Resident
Post Doctoral Fellows


Medical - Basic Science
Medical - Clinical Science
Medical - Translational
Social Sciences

External Deadline

September 25, 2017