Lyme Disease Research

February 24, 2015

NRFTD 2015 Grant Cycle

Please note there will be no NRFTD Grant Cycle in 2015. We urge all interested investigators to monitor this page for future developments regarding possible Request for Application (RFAs).

About The NRFTD

     The NRFTD was founded in 1999 to address the critical research needs of persons afflicted by emerging tick-borne diseases, including those caused by Lyme disease and relapsing fever Borrelia, Anaplasma, Babesia, Bartonella and Ehrlichia species. Such needs have grown considerably in recent years as Lyme disease has spread throughout the country and as other tick-borne infections have been recognized as public health threats.

     The NRFTD is organized exclusively to promote the advancement of scientific knowledge regarding tick-borne diseases and to facilitate the translation of these advances into improved health for patients. NRFTD is dedicated to sponsoring only the most scientifically rigorous research at pre-eminent research institutions throughout the world, adhering to the norms and standards of research projects currently funded by domestic science agencies such as the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation.

     The mission of the NRFTD is entirely research-oriented, with the exclusive goal of raising and disbursing funds for scientific studies. The NRFTD does not engage in patient advocacy issues, nor does it offer opinions on matters of clinical policy.


     With the generous support of our benefactors, the NRFTD has raised more than $1.3 million. Our initial efforts focused on funding research locally. Innovative studies at Columbia University, including adjunct projects to the National Institutes of Health-funded Study of Chronic Lyme Disease, were our first accomplishments.

     To broaden the scope of our research effort and to make pilot project funding available to researchers at academic centers throughout the United States and worldwide, we established a Scientific Advisory Board (SAB) in 2005. The SAB, which includes investigators from multiple institutions, assisted the NRFTD in the establishment of an application and review process that would allow for rapid distribution of annual research awards.

Board of Directors

     The NRFTD is served by a highly competent Board of Directors who possess demonstrable experience in the business and professional worlds. Determined to achieve increased national awareness and to accelerate scientific understanding, the board intends to establish and develop a coordinated national research effort.  The NRFTD is committed to expanding its fundraising base to include major donors, foundations and corporations. This expansion will allow the NRFTD to entertain a wide array of scientific proposals and to fund multiple research projects.

Scientific Advisory Board

     The institution of both the NRFTD Scientific Advisory Board and a rigorous scientific review process in 2005 confirms the NRFTD's commitment to excellence. The Scientific Advisory Board (SAB), comprised of nationally known researchers in the field of tick-borne diseases and related areas, advises the NRFTD on a wide variety of matters concerning overall scientific objectives. The SAB maintains the highest standards in the selection of the most promising grants. In addition, the SAB ensures that broad segments of the scientific community become aware of the NRFTD's activities and goals.

Research Grants

     The NRFTD will provide grants of varying project lengths and monetary levels. A Request for Applications (RFA), in which project length and funding level are specified, will be issued by the Scientific Advisory Board before each funding cycle. Applicants are required in their applications to elucidate the potential for their work to lead to long term funding by NIH, NSF or other scientific or biomedical agencies. Emphasis is placed on the transformation of discoveries into tangible results, such as publication in peer-reviewed medical journals and presentations at scientific conferences.


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