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Child Neurology Society and Child Neurology Foundation Awards

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.

Since 2001, Child Neurology Foundation has awarded over $4.1 million dollars to the research endeavors of 47 young investigators, aimed at identifying treatments and cures for pediatric neurologic diseases. Read more about each grant on its respective page or scroll down to find out more.

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

  • PERF Elterman Research Grant: A $100,000 grant of $50,000 per year for two years to support clinical or basic science research by a child neurologist. Apply by April 15, 2021.
  • PERF Shields Research Grant: A $100,000 grant of $50,000 per year for two years to support translational or clinical research by a child neurologist. Apply by April 15, 2021.
  • Philip R. Dodge Young Investigator Award: A $30,000 grant for basic science or clinical research by accomplished young investigators who are members of the Child Neurology Society. Apply by April 15, 2021.

Deadlines

Deadline for application submission is April 15, 2021. Applicants will be informed of the committee’s decision by June 1.

For more information, please review the Awards FAQ. 

Additional Detail

Pediatric Epilepsy Research Foundation (PERF) Elterman Research 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 Elterman 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 eight 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.
  5. Research does not need to focus on epilepsy.

Pediatric Epilepsy Research Foundation (PERF) Shields Research

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 eight years prior to application.
  2. The PERF Shields Grant must have a clinical research/patient care component. Research does not need to focus on epilepsy.
  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.

Philip R. Dodge Young Investigator Award

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. (An extra year of eligibility has been added in light of research delays caused by the COVID-19 pandemic). 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.

How To Apply

Submit a single electronic copy of a research proposal to the Executive Director of the CNS. The committee will be impressed with clarity of expression and succinctness of style and a Research Plan that can be accomplished within two years.

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)
  • Letters of Recommendation

Please review and follow the full instructions here.

Other Opportunities

  • Neuro Developmental Disorder (NDD) Summer Research Scholarship: 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. Selected applicant will receive a $3,500 scholarship to support his or her research project. Apply by April 12, 2021. 

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