Funding Applications

11 March 2015
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Research Call 2017-18

Opening Date: October 18th 2017
Closing date for pre-application form:
November 30th 2017
Closing date for full applications (if shortlisted): January 31st 2018

Epilepsy Ireland is committed to supporting Irish epilepsy research and since 2009, over €900,000 has been invested in a wide range of high quality projects, many in conjunction with the Health Research Board under the HRB/MRCG Joint Funding Scheme.

We are delighted to launch our 6th Research Call and we now invite applications for epilepsy-focused research projects of up to a three-year duration to a maximum of €50,000 p.a. Proposals funded under this call will begin in September 2018.

Research Priorities 2017/2018

For this round of funding, we invite applications that cover one or more of the following research areas:

  • AEDs & Pregnancy/ Foetal Anti-Convulsant Syndrome
  • Epilepsy & Intellectual Disability
  • Evaluating epilepsy services in Ireland (including Epilepsy Ireland services)
  • Medicinal Cannabis & Epilepsy
  • Psychosocial aspects of epilepsy
  • Rare epilepsies
  • SUDEP / Epilepsy mortality

Application Process

In order to better streamline the application process for both Epilepsy Ireland and for applicants, there is one significant change this year. Rather than completing the full HRB/MRCG application form from the outset, we ask applicants to instead complete the shorter 'Pre-application' form below. Following an internal review of all submissions received by the deadline of November 30th, a shortlist of applicants will then be invited to complete the full application form. The full application form and HRB guidance on it is available below for reference. Please ONLY submit the shorter pre-application form at present.

See Epilepsy Ireland Guidance Notes below for more information.

Review Process

Stage 1: Internal Review of pre-application submissions to develop shortlist for full application
Stage 2: International Peer review of full applications including Applicant's Right to Reply
Stage 3: Evaluation and ranking by Epilepsy Ireland's Research Peer Review Board
Stage 4: Highest ranking proposals submitted for consideration under the HRB/MRCG Joint Funding Scheme.

Successful projects will be funded jointly by Epilepsy Ireland and the HRB from September 2018.

Application forms, HRB guidance notes and Epilepsy Ireland guidance can be downloaded below. Stage 1 Pre-application forms must be submitted by 5pm on November 30th 2017.

For further information, please contact:
Peter Murphy
pmurphy(at) or 01 4557500


Attached Documents

PDF icon HRB Instructions to applicants (MRCG-HRB_Instructions_to_Applicants_2018_FINAL.pdf | 363 kB)
Application icon EI Pre-application form (Epilepsy_Ireland_pre-application_form_FINAL.docx | 70 kB)
Application icon HRB/MRCG Full application form (MRCG-HRB_Part_B1_Application_Form.docx | 136 kB)
PDF icon EI Guidance notes for applicants (EI_Notes_to_Applicants_2017.pdf | 247 kB)
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