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The Child Neurology Foundation has awarded over 3.5 million dollars to the research endeavors of 69 young investigators, aimed at identifying treatments and cures for pediatric neurologic diseases.

In 2016, for the first time, the Awards granted in the past by the Child Neurology Foundation were added to those given by the Child Neurology Society (CNS).  Child neurologists of the CNS and CNF have developed a specialized committee to fulfill this function with the following Awards and Grants offered to members of the CNS. The partnership will continue in 2017 and beyond.

  • For a downloadable Child Neurology Society/ Foundation Research Grant Announcement/Application, please click here: (PDF | WORD)
  • For a downloadable Child Neurology Society/ Foundation Research Awards FAQs, please click here: (PDF | WORD)
  • For a downloadable Child Neurology Foundation Neurodevelopmental Disabilities Grant Application, please click here: (PDF | WORD)

Child Neurology Society & Foundation 2017 Awards Announcement 

Dr. Kenneth Swaiman, one of the nation’s first pediatric neurologists, founded the Child Neurology Society in 1972 and established the Child Neurology Foundation in 2001. While the Society is the professional organization for the nation’s pediatric neurologists, the Foundation is committed to serving as a connective center of education and support for children and their families living with neurologic conditions.  This year for the first time the Awards granted in the past by the Child Neurology Foundation will be added to those given by the Child Neurology Society.  Child neurologists of the CNS and CNF have developed a specialized committee to fulfill this function with the following Awards and Grants offered to members of the CNS.


The Philip R. Dodge Young Investigator Award is an award for basic science or clinical research by promising young investigators who are members of the Child Neurology Society. Applications will be judged on the basis of originality, scientific merit, succinctness and relevance. The recipient of the Dodge award will receive a grant-in-aid of $20,000 and will be invited to present their work at the Annual Meeting of the Child Neurology Society.

Eligibility Criteria

  1. The applicant completed a pediatric neurology residency on or after June 30, 2012 or a neurodevelopmental disability residency on or after June 30, 2013, and graduated medical school on or after May 2007, or after May 2006 if the applicant completed a 3-year pediatric residency.
  2. The scientific work is mainly the result of the applicant’s efforts.
  3. The applicant is a Junior or Active member of the Child Neurology Society.
  4. Candidates are NOT disqualified if they have received NIH funding.
  5. Candidates should consider applying before their final year of eligibility.

The Child Neurology Shields Research Grant supports translational or clinical research by a child neurologist or developmental pediatrician early in his/her academic career. The selected investigator will receive a $100,000 grant of $50,000 per year for two years. The Shields Grant is supported by the Winokur Family Foundation and the Pediatric Epilepsy Research Foundation (PERF).

Eligibility Criteria

  1. The applicant must be a junior faculty member who has developed clinical research skills and has a plan for further development of that research or has basic science research skills related to child neurology and who has a plan to translate the new knowledge into clinical care for children with neurologic diseases.
  2. The Shields Grant must have a clinical research /patient care component.
  3. The applicant is a legal resident of the United States or Canada
  4. The applicant is a Junior or Active member of the Child Neurology Society.
  5. Candidates are NOT disqualified if they have received NIH funding.
  6. A pre-application is no longer required.

Pediatric Epilepsy Research Foundation (PERF) Scientific Research Grant supports clinical or basic science research by a child neurologist or developmental pediatrician early in his/her academic career. The selected investigator will receive a $100,000 grant of $50,000 per year for two years. The PERF Grant is supported fully by PERF.

Eligibility Criteria

  1. The applicant completed training in child neurology or neurodevelopment disabilities in an ACGME-approved program no more than seven years prior to application.
  2. The applicant is a legal resident of the United States or Canada
  3. The applicant is a Junior or Active member of the Child Neurology Society.
  4. Applicants with current or approved pending NIH funding will be excluded. No NIH grant is allowed, other than an institutional (i.e. K12, T32) or training grant (i.e. NRSA).

Applications for these Awards are due April 15.
Applicants will be informed of the committee’s decision by July 1

Procedure for All Awards and Grants

Submit a single electronic copy of a research proposal to

The committee will be impressed with clarity of expression and succinctness of style and a Research Plan that can be accomplished within two years. Format: Double-spaced, Arial, 11 pt, 0.5” margins.

Prepare the proposal with the following format and page limitations:

  • Page 1 Face Page (Form Page 1)
  • Page 2 Table of Contents (Form Page 2)
  • Page 3 Abstract (Maximum 250 words)
  • Page 4 Specific aims
  • Page 5-6 Work by others
  • Page 7-9 Work by investigator
  • Page 10-13 Research plan
  • Page 14-15 References
  • Page 16-20 NIH Biosketch (List grant amounts, percent effort and overlap) http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-OD-15-032.html
  • Letters of Recommendation
    1. Two required letters. Submit:
      1. One letter of recommendation from the director of the applicant’s child neurology training program
      2. One letter from his/her scientific advisor.
    2. Two additional (optional) letters of recommendation or support may be included.

At least one of these letters should include a statement of the applicant’s eligibility for this Award, as defined above, and document the willingness of the institution to accept the award without indirect costs. Please highlight this indirect cost statement.

  • Appendix: Applicants seeking the Shields or PERF grant, or those who may be eligible for these grants, should complete the following Appendix:
    1. Human Subjects (Form Page 3)
    2. Vertebrate animals (Form Page 4)
    3. Budget and justification (Form Page 5)
    4. Resources (Form Page 6)
    5. Performance Sites and Key Personnel (Form Page 7)
    6. NIH Biographical Sketches (not to exceed 5 pages) for any additional Key Personnel http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-OD-15-032.html
  • Convert the entire proposal to a PDF format and submit on-line as directed in the announcement. Please send a copy to rblarson@childneurologysociety.org and bamford@yale.edu.
  • The complete proposal must be received on or before April 15. The abstract may also be submitted to the CNS Scientific Selection Committee for consideration as a Poster or Platform Presentation.
  • Applications that do not adhere to the sanctioned procedure will be returned without review.
  • The applicant will be informed of the Committee’s decision by July 1.
  • The Dodge Awardee should ask a senior member of the Society to deliver a brief five-minute introduction. The Dodge awardee will then be expected to deliver a formal twenty-minute presentation to the CNS membership at the 2017 CNS Annual Meeting.
  • All correspondence should be sent to: Roger Larson, CAE, Executive Director, Child Neurology Society 1000 West County Road E, Suite 290 St. Paul, MN 55126 (E: rblarson@childneurologysociety.org)

Child Neurology Foundation Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (NDD) Summer Research Scholarship

Supports (1) one summer clinical research scholarship for a first- or second-year U.S. or Canadian medical student who has an interest in training as a child neurologist. The award will be made for clinical research focused in the field of neurodevelopmental disabilities in children to be conducted under the direction of a child neurology/NDD subspecialist during the 2017 summer break. Selected applicant will receive a $3,500 scholarship to support his or her research project.


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