The grant is now closed! 

Thank you very much to all applicants!

The successful application will be announced at the beginning of October.


Deadline: 31st August 2020

We are inviting applications for our Encephalitis and Covid-19 - International Research Seed Funding.

Researchers can apply for up to £10,000 in seed funding for a project specific on encephalitis and covid-19 with a duration 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:

Since the Covid-19 pandemic emerged at the end of 2019, there is growing evidence which suggests that it can cause neurological complications, including encephalitis. That is why we are launching our second international seed funding call for projects looking at the relationship between encephalitis and Covid-19 so scientists and treating physicians can better understand this relationship and improve patient support moving forward.

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 our Research Month 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 look at encephalitis and Covid-19, 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 see the Application Form