The American Epilepsy Society (AES) has announced its commitment to support 19 new fellowships and research grants, specifically for early career researchers. This comes at a time when funding at this level is notoriously scarce.In collaboration with other members of the epilepsy community, including the Epilepsy Foundation, Wishes for Elliott: Advancing SCN8A Research and the Dravet Syndrome Foundation, the AES has invested $790,000 (more than £500,000) into these new research opportunities.This investment will help the next generation of epilepsy researchers to advance their careers, and support the development of new ideas to improve the lives of people with epilepsy.In a press release, AED President, Dr Michael Privitera, said: “This funding builds a pipeline of innovative minds who will lead the future discoveries in epilepsy. Partnering with other like-minded organisations makes strategic sense and broadens the impact of these awards.”The fellowships will support one year of mentored research training for junior scientists at different stages of their careers. Some are about to embark on a PhD, whilst others have already completed their PhDs and are working towards becoming independent researchers. The fellowships will also support practising clinicians who wish to conduct research.The junior investigator research awards, which are also part of the investment, will provide one year of research funding for early career scientists.Delphine van der Pauw, Research Manager at ERUK, comments: “This is a timely investment when funding opportunities for junior researchers are scarce. It is a good example for the UK and other countries, where early career scientists are in the same challenging situation.”The recipients of the awards are based at prestigious academic institutions and medical schools across the US, including Yale University, Stanford University and Duke University. Details of the projects can be found here. Please note that the term Assistant Professor in the US, unlike in the UK, refers to a researcher early in his/her career.Author: Dr Özge ÖzkayaClick here for more epilepsy research news.Click here for ERUK’s research portfolio.