The Pediatric Epilepsy Research Foundation provides grant funding to child neurologists in the US/Canada for meritorious clinical, translational, basic science, comparative-effectiveness, implementation research, etc. related to all neurologic conditions in infants, children and adolescents. Epilepsy projects are of particular interest.

Grant amounts range up to $200,000.00, awarded over two years. The two year grant is divided into two equal payments (10% of the award is held back with payment upon submission of a yearly scientific and financial report). Occasionally grants for larger funding amounts may be considered for multi-year (greater than two years) projects. Grants are competitive.

PERF offers two grant categories

PERF Career Development Grant

The PERF Career Development (Young Investigator) grant awards are administered through the Child Neurology Foundation. Please refer to their website for application deadlines and information. The two young investigator awards funded by PERF are the "PERF Scientific Research Grant" and the "Shields Research Grant".

PERF Grant for Infrastructure/Registry Research

This competitive grant in child neurology is directed at developing new infrastructure, (registries and networks) or enhancing an existing infrastructure to enable advancement of patient based research. To that end, PERF offers the "PERF Grant for Infrastructure/Registry Research". We are interested in pediatric epilepsy and will also consider projects relevant to all areas of child neurology. Research projects providing opportunities for training and/or mentoring young investigators are of particular interest. We look forward to evaluating your exciting and innovative projects.

To be eligible for this grant, the applicant should be a child neurologist at any stage in his or her career, or someone working in an area relevant to child neurology, either M.D. or Ph.D. and must be a legal resident of the United States or Canada.

Non-child neurologists and PhD’s developing infrastructure/registry projects in child neurology may also apply.

The principal investigator may only submit one letter of intent per year.

Grant Inquiries

Letter of Intent

Prepare a succinct letter of intent, preferably no more than two pages, that includes a description of the project, the hypothesis to be tested or the research that will result from infrastructure development, a brief description of the experimental approach, the relevance and importance to furthering pediatric epilepsy/child neurology and the amount of the grant request. A biographical sketch (preferably NIH format) should be included.

Letters of intent are due November 11, 2019 for the 2020 grant cycle. Applicants will be notified by January 7, 2020 if they are invited to submit a full application. Applications and instructions will be provided by PERF and are due March 16, 2020.

All letters of intent and supporting documentation should be submitted via email to

Full Application

If invited to submit a full grant application, documentation of institutional tax exempt status (letter from the Internal Revenue Service) and proof of current IRB approval, if appropriate, for the research project is required. A separate letter from the department chair outlining the supported research time, dedicated facilities space and the clinical responsibilities of the PI should also be submitted. Do not send this information with the LOI.

The award recipient will be notified by June 2nd of the granting year. The funding cycle will begin as early as September 1st of the granting year.

Inquiry Review Process

  1. Letter of Inquiry - due November 11, 2019.
  2. Invited applicants full application - due March 16, 2020.
    (The application will be forwarded by email or US mail.)
  3. Funding Cycle - begins September 1, 2020.

Grants Awarded