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30-09-2015 | Epilepsy Ireland invites research proposals

30 September 2015
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As part of our on-going commitment to supporting Irish epilepsy research, Epilepsy Ireland is now inviting applications for epilepsy-focused research projects of up to a three-year duration to a maximum of €50,000 p.a. to begin in September 2016.

One of Epilepsy Ireland's key objectives is "To undertake, encourage and assist research into the causes of, cure for and management of epilepsy and into the social and psychological effects of the condition".

In line with this objective, we aim to support the highest quality research into all aspects of epilepsy and since 2009, we have invested €780,000 into a broad range of projects.

We want to fund any area of research that has the potential to add significantly to existing knowledge into the cause, cure, care, treatment, impact and effect of any type of epilepsy, including SUDEP. We want to focus not only on a proposal's scientific quality but also on its relevance to people affected by epilepsy and its potential to deliver tangible benefits/ outcomes to the lives of people with epilepsy through a targeted investment.

We are now seeking new proposals for all types of research including basic, clinical, psychosocial and health services research. Proposals that cover one or more of the following research areas are particularly welcome:

  • Development of improved diagnosis, treatments or support interventions
  • Genetics of epilepsy
  • Psychosocial aspects/ impact of epilepsy
  • Epilepsy and education
  • Use of assistive technology in epilepsy
  • Sudden Unexpected Death in Epilepsy and other epilepsy deaths
  • Epilepsy in specific demographics such as children/ young adults; the elderly; people with an intellectual disability; women; men
  • Rare epilepsy syndromes

The closing date for receipt of applications is December 4th 2015. Following a rigorous internal review process, the highest ranking proposals will be submitted for consideration under the Joint Funding Scheme operated by the Medical Research Charities Group & the Health Research Board.

Full details, including application forms and guidance notes can be found in our Research section.

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