Research Grant Opportunities

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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. The following Awards and Grants supported by the CNS and CNF are offered to members of the CNS:

  • 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)

The 2020 CNSF Research Grants application submission window is now closed.
The 2020 NDD Scholarship application submission window is now closed. 

In consideration of the major disruptions caused by COVID-19, both professional and personal, we have extended the deadlines in the current grant cycle for the CNS/CNF 2020 research grants. Please note the new dates:

Deadline for application submission for the NDD Scholarship was April 13, 2020.

Deadline for application submission for the Phillip R. Dodge Young Investigator Award, PERF Elterman Research Grant and PERF Shields Research Grant was May 1, 2020.

Applicants will be informed of the Awards Committee’s decision by June 15, 2020.

To stay informed about the cycle of these grants and other opportunities, join the CNF Partners email list.


Child Neurology Society & Foundation 2020 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. The following Awards and Grants supported by the CNS and CNF are offered to members of CNS.


The Philip R. Dodge Young Investigator Award is an award for basic science or clinical research by accomplished young investigators who are members of the Child Neurology Society. The Dodge Award is supported by an endowment funded by CNS members and institutional contributors. The recipient of the Dodge Award will receive a grant of $30,000 and will be invited to present their work at the Annual Meeting of the Child Neurology Society.

Eligibility Criteria

  1. The applicant completed a child neurology residency on or after June 30, 2015 or a neurodevelopmental disability residency on or after June 30, 2016, and graduated medical school on or after May 2010, or after May 2009 if the applicant completed a 3-year pediatric residency. Extensions of eligibility for the Dodge Award due to extended clinical training or personal/familial leave of absence may be considered.
  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, allowing them the opportunity to resubmit in consideration of the review committee’s critiques.

Pediatric Epilepsy Research Foundation (PERF) 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 Pediatric Epilepsy Research Foundation (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 PERF Shields Research 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. Currently funded research is disqualified with the exception of an NIH K12 grant.

Pediatric Epilepsy Research Foundation (PERF) Elterman 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 Elterman Research 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. Currently funded research is disqualified with the exception of an NIH K12 grant.

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. Review and follow additional instructions in the CNSF Awards FAQs document.

Prepare the proposal with the following format and page limitations:

  • Page 1 Face Page
  • Page 2 Table of Contents
  • 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 yellow highlighted statement of the applicant’s eligibility for this Award and should document the willingness of the institution to accept the award without indirect costs and provision of sufficient protected time to perform the research described in the application. These highlighted statements are often included in a letter from the applicant’s Section Chief or Program Director.

  • Appendix:
    1. Human Subjects
    2. Vertebrate animals
    3. Budget and justification
    4. Resources
    5. Performance Sites and Key Personnel
    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 Roger Larson, Executive Director, Child Neurology Society: rblarson@childneurologysociety.org and Laura Jansen, MD, PhD, Awards Committee Chair: ljansen@wustl.edu.
  • The complete proposal must be received on or before May 1. 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 June 15.
  • 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 next 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 current year’s summer break. Selected applicant will receive a $3,500 scholarship to support his or her research project.

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