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Grants for Early-stage Investigators in Pediatric Neurology

Grant applications will be accepted between February 1, 2024, and April 15, 2024.

The Child Neurology Society (CNS), in collaboration with the Pediatric Epilepsy Research Foundation® (PERF®), is proud to announce the opening of applications for three distinct grants aimed at supporting early-stage investigators in pediatric neurology.

Dr. Peter Kang, President of the Child Neurology Society, expressed his enthusiasm, stating, “I am inspired to see PERF and CNS coming together to promote the research careers of child neurologists.  Child neurologists are highly trained physicians who treat children with a broad range of life-altering and life-threatening neurological disorders on a daily basis.  Many child neurologists conduct valuable research that will help find new diagnostic tools, understand these diseases better, and ultimately develop new therapies to help children with neurological disorders.”

The new PERF®-CNS Bridge Grant Program was established to provide crucial bridge funding to promising child neurology researchers who applied for their first major independent grants from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) or Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) but were not selected for funding. This $50,000 grant requires a 1:1 match from the awardee’s division or department, making $100,000 available to the recipient. For more information on the PERF®-CNS Bridge Grant Program, please click here.

PERF® also offers two more established grants for early career researchers that will follow the same application timeline:

  • The PERF®-CNS Elterman Research Grant supports clinical or basic science research by child neurologists or developmental pediatricians early in their academic careers. This grant awards the recipient $150,000 ($75,000 annually for two years). Research need not be limited to epilepsy.
  • The PERF®-CNS Shields Research Grant is designed to support translational or clinical research by a child neurologist or developmental pediatrician, with the mandatory inclusion of a clinical research/patient care component. Research need not be limited to epilepsy. This grant awards the recipient $150,000 ($75,000 per year for two years).

Applications for all three grants will be due on April 15, 2024. Interested applicants are encouraged to explore the grant details, understand the application process, and access necessary forms via the PERF® website.