Research on Lyme Disease: Seed Grant Opportunity
Request for Proposals

Submission Deadline: July 27, 2018

The Stanford Lyme Working Group is pleased to announce a new seed grant program to advance research and innovation in Lyme disease.  The seed grant program seeks to broadly stimulate research on Lyme disease, with the goals of sparking new means of diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of the condition and of examining the impact of Lyme disease in the lives of individuals, families, and communities.  Seed grant proposals may focus on any aspect of Lyme disease, including (but not limited to) mechanistic studies, clinical treatment approaches and best practices, analyses of existing datasets, strategies for public and clinical education, and translation of evidence into public policy.

In this 2018 call for proposals, we will prioritize funding for projects that address one of the following:

  • (a)    Mechanisms by which Lyme Disease is transmitted;
  • (b)   The development of a consensus of thought-leaders towards appropriate public-policy concerning tick borne-illness;
  • (c)    Documentation of a rigorous and thorough systematic review of evidence on the neurocognitive and neuropsychiatric phenomena associated with Lyme disease and recommendations for future scientific inquiry (creation of an evidence-based “white paper”).

Applicants should propose small projects that are feasible, may be completed within 18 months, and have promise to advance understanding in the field of Lyme disease.  Multi-PI projects are permitted, but one individual must be designated as the project leader.

Amount and Period of Funding

Applicants can request funding in the amount of $5,000, $10,000 or $25,000 for proposed projects.  Funding for awarded projects will start September 1, 2018 and will be available for 18 months with no extensions.


  • We welcome applications from all schools on our campus.  At least one Principal Investigator must be a School of Medicine faculty member or Instructor.  Each faculty member and Instructor can serve as Principal Investigator on only one application associated with this announcement.
  • Stanford faculty on the Medical Center Line (MCL), University Tenure Line (UTL), and Non-Tenure Line (NTL), Clinician Educators (CE), Clinical Instructors and Instructors are invited to apply.  Please note that PI waivers are not required for this funding opportunity.
  • Graduate students, residents, fellows, and postdoctoral scholars are invited to apply for the $5,000 funding level.
  • CE Affiliates can be co-investigators on proposals submitted by Instructors, Clinical Instructors, or PI-eligible faculty members.
  • Current 2017 Lyme Disease Seed Grant awardees are not eligible for this call. 

Selection Process

Proposals will be evaluated based on the following criteria:

  • Strength of Investigator(s)
  • Methodological approach
  • Feasibility
  • Salience to strategic priorities
  • Overall promise for impact


Awardees will be notified on or before September 1, 2018.  Please note that evaluative ratings and commentary by reviewers will not be provided to applicants.


Recipients will be required to write a preliminary report (1 page) at the midpoint and a final 3-page report at termination.  Publications resulting from the work should acknowledge the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences Lyme Disease Seed Grant Program.  Once the winning projects are announced, it is the Principal Investigator’s responsibility to directly consult with Stanford’s Institutional Review Board to ensure that the proposed project is conducted in accordance with all federal, institutional, and ethical guidelines applicable to human subject research.  Successful award recipients may be asked to present at a poster session, Grand Rounds, or another venue associated with this announcement.

Application Guidelines

By 6PM, July 27, 2018, please submit one PDF file containing the following in the order listed below via the online application.

File name: “Lastname_Lyme2018.pdf”

  • All proposal applications should use at least 11-point font size, 1-inch margins for all pages, with standard word and single line spacing, and include:
    • 1-page cover letter summarizing the proposed project and its potential impact on advancing science and/or innovation in the area of Lyme disease
    • Up to 2 pages outlining the study aims, rationale, study design and methods, preliminary data (if applicable), and no more than 5 references
    • 2-page NIH-style biosketch for the project leader
    • 1-page budget and budget justification
  • The budget should reflect the period of time funds are requested and can include salary (including PI and research personnel with corresponding fringe benefits including TGP), equipment, project supplies, food, etc.  This budget may not include faculty honoraria or funds allocated to an unrestricted account. Please note that the School of Medicine has a mandatory 3% telecommunications charge on all salary.  Include 8% ISC in your budgeting.
  • Pages should be numbered consecutively at the bottom right.

Proposals that do not conform to the above guidelines will be returned without review.

Please direct all inquiries to:

Aimee-Noelle Swanson, Ph.D.
Director of Research Development, Integrity, and Strategy
Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences
Stanford School of Medicine
(650) 736-4559