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Sudden Unexpected Death in Epilepsy (SUDEP) Pilot Grant

If this is your first time using WebGrants, you will need to register online at Once you have registered, you will receive an email with your user name and password. The registration process can take up to 24 hours, so applicants are strongly advised to register for an account as soon as possible. Last minute registrations are NOT guaranteed to be approved prior to the deadline. Extensions of the deadline will NOT be given for late registrants.

The Center for Sudden Unexpected Death in Epilepsy (SUDEP) Research seeks novel pilot projects in human SUDEP Research that will address the goal of understanding SUDEP pathophysiology. This pilot program will award a grant to clinician researchers engaged in human research in submitting innovative proposals that specifically utilize the Informatics and Data Analytics Core of the CSR and at the end of the study period will provide study data to this Core for human SUDEP research. The investigators will be expected to commit to this stipulation. Successful applicants will be expected to work collaboratively with the CSR investigators and where possible, make use of available CTSC Core Facilities. We are specifically encouraging applications from human epilepsy, cardiac and respiratory researchers. Clinical researchers with a focus on database analysis may apply as long as the focus is explicitly on SUDEP.

Available Funds

Funding for the one-year CSR-themed Pilot Grant Award will be granted by the CTSC in collaboration with the Center for SUDEP Research. This opportunity will be an annual event. One (1) $50,000 will be awarded. Sole usage of funding for salary support of senior investigators is not encouraged. Only $5,000 + related fringe of the grant can go towards the Principal investigator’s (PI) salary, unless the PI is in a field where their intellectual contribution is their research (i.e. Statistician). The PI will be expected to budget for attendance at the American Epilepsy Society meeting, where they will provide a research update on their project.

In addition, you may apply separately to the CTSC for up to $10,000 is available per CTSC Core used, maximum 1 Cores per pilot grant award when used in support of the primary grant. The core grant funding must be justified within the application budget. Monies may only be used for the in-line items listed in your detailed budget in your application.

Case Western Reserve University will serve as the fiscal entity through which the CTSC monies will be distributed and awards administered.


  1. Preference will be given to proposals representing a new collaboration for the Center for SUDEP Research within the local network of the CTSC. This award is available to both young and established investigators exploring cutting-edge approaches to understanding and preventing human SUDEP.
  2. The PI is required to be a full-time CWRU faculty member with a primary appointment at Case Western Reserve University, University Hospitals Case Medical Center, or the Louis Stokes VA Medical Center.
  3. Only one investigator can be named as PI. Additional collaborating investigators will be named as co-investigators. Co-PIs are not permitted. Consultants outside of CWRU are permitted.
  4. Proposals from new investigators are strongly encouraged. For the purposes of this RFA, a new investigator is defined as a faculty member who is not tenured and who has not been a faculty member at Case or any other institution for more than six years in aggregate. The review panel can assign extra weight to a proposal from a new investigator to enhance opportunity for funding.
  5. Applications may include co-investigators from different schools or colleges or institutions. If the co-investigators are from the same school or college or institution, they must be from different departments and a case made in the application that the project is indeed interdisciplinary and new. In addition, the proposal must clearly present the intellectual contribution by each investigator. A project where one of the investigators is simply providing access (to data, specimens or patients) is less acceptable than one where there is knowledge or skill sets that enhances the research.
  6. All Applications will be submitted through WebGrants.


The application must be received by 5:00 pm EDT on Thursday, May 30, 2018 to be considered for review. Any applications received after this deadline will not be reviewed.

For questions contact:

Technical: (Related to WebGrants) Contact WebGrants Support at or call 216-368-4669.

Non-Technical: Questions regarding this RFA or your application can be directed to Anita Zaremba at or call 216-368-1803.

Pilot Coordinator

Billie Kyriakides, Assistant Director