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Grant Application


We will soon open the competition for 2019-20 research grant applications. This year, GLA’s competition will begin with a Letter of Intent (LOI). Only applicants whose LOI is in programmatic alignment with GLA’s research priorities will be invited to submit a full proposal.

Please note the LOI is a new, added step in the grants process.

Program Information

GLA has awarded more than $10 million in grants to scientists at more than 40 academic institutions to study Lyme and other tick-borne diseases. Proposals are expected to be of high scientific quality from scientists and clinicians who use evidence-based, data-driven research to drive knowledge forward. GLA’s world-class Scientific Advisory Board rigorously evaluates all proposals in a process modeled after the National Institutes of Health Study Section Review Panel mechanism, to select projects of the highest scientific merit.

Program Eligibility

Scientists and clinicians from accredited degree-granting academic or not-for-profit institutions are eligible to apply. Applicants typically have M.D. and/or Ph.D. degrees, although other certifications of higher learning are also considered.

Research Priorities

Lyme disease

Priority will be given to proposals in Lyme disease, host immunology/immune dysregulation with an emphasis on pathogenesis, post-treatment Lyme disease, direct diagnostics and improved treatment. Molecular biology and bioinformatics-oriented proposals are also considered. Proposals focusing on improved treatment based on novel antimicrobials and drug combinations are encouraged.


Priority will be given to proposals that address critical needs in diagnostics, treatment, pathogenesis, and strain differences. Proposals exploring the basis for the emergence of antibiotic resistance will be considered.

Projects are expected to be completed in one to two years.

LOI instructions

A single-spaced, one-page document with Arial 11 point font and 0.5 inch margins is acceptable. References are accepted on a separate page. A brief description of the proposal’s significance, aims, proposed experiments, and impact should be included. A short description of the applicant’s qualifications for carrying out the project would be helpful. Preliminary data may be included, but should fit within the confines of the single page. The project title and submitter’s name must be clearly stated. All LOIs must adhere to these guidelines for consideration.

LOI submission date

An online portal to submit LOIs will be opened on the GLA website on July 15, 2019 and will close at midnight on July 22, 2019. All applicants will be notified within two weeks whether they will be invited to apply with a full proposal.

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