Researchers who are looking for a way to fund their work can now turn to a new scheme from the Encephalitis Society.

We are inviting applications for our Encephalitis Futures - International Research Seed Funding which has been launched to celebrate our 25th anniversary in 2019 and encourage innovative research projects into encephalitis.

It means researchers can apply for up to £10,000 in seed funding per project for a period of up to 18 months.

The fund is open to applicants worldwide and to all levels from medical students, junior doctors and early researchers, those returning to research to post-doctoral research or equivalent professional experience. 

Dr Ava Easton, Chief Executive of the Encephalitis Society, said:

We wanted to do something special to celebrate our Silver Jubilee and which could also lead to an improvement in the quality of life for people affected by encephalitis. One of the ways we thought we could tick both boxes is by encouraging research into the condition.

She added:

Large-scale research costs a significant amount of money, however, and being the size we are means we are sadly unable to fund such projects. But what we are in a position to do is provide seed funding for a smaller-scale - or pilot - project which can be that first important first step in securing the money needed for large-scope projects or becoming  a well-established researcher. We believe this project is a wonderful way for us to celebrate 25 years of the Encephalitis Society and, more importantly, will really generate a buzz among our membership who say that research is one of the most important things that we do as a charity.

We now want to hear from anyone who wants to develop compelling and innovative ideas which looks at encephalitis and anything from diagnosis and treatment, through to recovery and rehabilitation.

For more information on eligibility and conditions of the grant please read the Project Brief.

If you would like to apply, please complete the Application Form and send it to us.

The deadline for applications is January 31, 2019.

If you have any questions while preparing your application, please contact Dr Ava Easton, Chief Executive, Encephalitis Society.