Lyme Disease Association (LDA) Grant Program

The LDA’s grant program is divided into three categories: Research, Education, and LymeAid 4 Kids grants. Click here for the summary of stats on grants awarded through 2020.

lyme disease grant programSince the LDA officially opened its doors in 1992, it has awarded 122 research grants from coast to coast. The Lyme Disease Association is one of the largest sources of private, nonprofit tick-borne diseases research funding in the United States. We strive to fund the most relevant research and cutting-edge research aimed at investigating the prevention and treatment of tick-borne diseases. We choose projects led by top scientists who are able to publish in peer review to move the field forward.

LDA in partnership with an affiliate endowed the first center in the world to study chronic Lyme disease, which opened at Columbia University in 2007. The Center brings together researchers from various disciplines and from around the US.

Since 1999, the LDA has sponsored 20 scientific/medical conferences, eighteen jointly with Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons. All provided Continuing Medical Education (CME) credits for physicians. LDA has funded cutting-edge research projects with over 36 different researchers and institutions throughout the country, such as: Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons, NJ Medical School, Fox Chase Cancer Center, University of California, Davis, University of Pennsylvania, Bringham & Woman’s Hospital, NY Medical College, Rockefeller University, Tulane Regional Primate Center, University of North Florida, NIH/NASA and UDSA.

The results of LDA’s research projects have been published in 56 peer-reviewed scientific journals to date, such as: Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), The Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, The Psychiatric Clinics of North America, Infection, Psychiatric Clinics of North America, Neurology, JSTBD, Journal of Clinical Microbiology, Journal of International Neuropsychological Society and Infection and Immunology, Emerging, Infectious Diseases (CDC), Journal of Neuropsychiatry & Clinical Neurosciences, Journal of International, Neuropsychological Society, Infection & Immunity, Gene, Genetics, Journal of Bacteriology, Journal of Entomology, and PLOS 1.

One project resulted in data used to apply for/receive $4.7 million NIH grant. Significant genome mapping initially funded by LDA, has shown that different strains of Borrelia have the ability to exchange genetic material among themselves, a trait greatly benefiting their survival and probably confounding the body’s ability to eradicate the organism.

Other areas of work include: Testing, Treatment trials, Persistence of tick-borne diseases in GI tract, Mapping the genome of Borrelia strains, Brain imaging in the study of Lyme disease, PCR studies, Endocrine studies of Lyme, Underdiagnosis of neuropsychiatric Lyme disease in children and adults, Natural tick control, Identifying organisms in ticks nationwide, Immune complexes, Magnetic field effects on Borrelia, Infection rate of mammals, and Protein arrays.

Currently, there are more than a half-dozen projects that are ongoing. The researchers, projects, and science are ready to find a cure. Now we need the funding to make it a reality.

(Image of PET Scan overlay above courtesy of Brian Fallon, MD, Columbia University)

lyme disease educationTo help increase awareness and education throughout the country, the LDA believes it is essential to work with and assist other Lyme organizations and individuals.

To date, LDA has awarded 155 educational grants. 95 educational scholarships to the LDA/Columbia continuing medical education conferences were awarded. Other grants have been to groups from across the country and some to universities. Many of the grants were used to support the following types of activities: publications (including Compendium of Tick-Borne Disease: A Thousand Pearls, “Lyme Times,” “The Basics,” TX Lyme Disease brochure), school curriculum project, Lyme disease websites, distribution of materials to school nurses, host various educational projects in schools, support medical conferences including several offering CME awards, sponsor physicians for CME medical conferences, sponsor Lyme disease symposia, provide educational in-service meetings for schools, companies, and general public.


Diagnosis/Treatment for children without insurance

lyme disease aid for kidsAbout LymeAid 4 Kids (LA4K) – The Lyme Disease Association started LA4K fund in 2004 and has helped children all over the U.S. and in Canada. Developed with the help of author Amy Tan, the fund is for children who do not have/receive insurance coverage for Lyme disease treatment for children and have economic difficulties. Donations can be made online to LDA help this LA4K fund as there are so many applicants, the fund does run out of money frequently. Total Funds distributed since 2004 totals $400,400.

Click here for LymeAid 4 Kids Grant Application

The LDA is an all-volunteer 501(c)(3) organization that has raised ~$6.4 million dollars for Lyme disease research, prevention, and education.

LDA Grant Summary Stats: 1992 – 2020

LDA supports research, education and treatment for children without insurance via it’s grant awards programs.

Research Grant Stats



122 grants distributed to researchers across the USA since 1992 LDA grants have resulted in publications in 56 Scientific Peer-Reviewed Journals (Click here for publications), and have also led to scientific conference presentations by researchers. (Click here for conferences)


Decriptions of LDA grant awards
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Alfredo M. Angeles-Boza, PhDJames Krueger, MD, PhD / Schutzer, MD
Gregory Bach, DOMichael Lappin, DVM, PhD, DACVIM
Marylynn Barkley, MD, PhDBenjamin Luft, MD
Effie E. Bastounis, PhDJoanna Lyon, MA
Manfred Bayer, MDAlan MacDonald, MD
Edward Breitschwerdt, DVMMark E. McCaulley, MD
Steve Burke, MDZhaid B.M. Niazi, MD / Charles Pavia, PhD
Joseph Burrascano, Jr, MDWilliam V. Padula, OD
Daniel Cameron, MDNikhat Parveen, PhD
Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies (Rick Ostfeld, PhD)Jose E. Petri, PhD
Jorge Cervantes, MD, PhDMario Phillip, MD
Nicole ChinniciSteven Phillips, MD
Kerry Clark, MPH, PhDMaria M. Picken, MD, PhD
Madeleine Cunningham, PhDElizabeth Raveche, MD/ Schutzer, MD
Christine Ann Denny, PhDAaron Rybski, L.E.H.P.
Sam Donta, MDEva Sapi, PhD
Paul Duray, MDRitchie Schoemaker, MD
Marina Eremeeva, MD, PhD, ScDH. Ralph Schumacher, MD / Bayer, MD
Brian Fallon, MDSteven Schutzer, MD
Karl Ford, PhDAlireza Senejani, PhD
Martin Fried, MDTravis Taylor, PhD
David E. Fulford, PhDDavid Younger, MD
Andrea Gaito, MDElyes Zhioua, PhD
Alan R. Giese, PhDYing Zhang, MD
Dolores E. Hill, PhDJoshua Zimmerberg, MD, PhD
Richard Horowitz, MD


Allegheny Univ of the Health Sciences (PA)Padula Institute of Vision Rehabilitation
Boston University Medical Center (MA)Rockefeller University (NY)
Brigham & Woman's Hospital (MA)Science Center University City (PA)
Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies (NY)Shenandoah School of Pharmacy (VA)
Colorado State UniversityStony Brook University (NY)
Columbia Univ College of Physicians & SurgeonsTexas Tech University Health Sciences Center at El Paso
Edinboro University of PennsylvaniaTulane Regional Primate Center (LA)
Fox Chase Cancer Center (PA)University of California, Davis
Georgia Southern University Research & Service Fdn.University of Connecticut
Jersey Shore Medical Center (NJ)University of Medicine & Dentistry of NJ
Johns Hopkins University (MD)University of New Haven (CT)
Kendall County Health Department (IL)University of North Florida
Lyndon State University (VT)University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center
New York UniversityUniversity of Pennsylvania
New York Medical CollegeUniversity of Rhode Island
New York State Psychiatric InstituteUniversity of South Dakota
NIH/NASA* (MD)University of Toledo (OH)
North Carolina State UniversityUniversity of Washington
Northeast Wildlife DNA Laboratory; Pike County Commissioners (PA)US Dept. of Agriculture (UDSA)

* National Institutes of Health (NIH), National Aeronautics & Space Administration (NASA)



Education Grant Stats

PURPOSES of Education Grants

Publications – includes (Lyme Times, The Basics, TX Lyme Disease brochure, TBD textbook)
Curriculum project
Distribution of materials to school nurses
Projects in the schools
Support medical conferences & Continuing Medical Education (CME) credits Symposia

Click here  See how LDA puts your money to work funding educational grants for educational programs!

Places: 24 States / 2 Countries


155 Grants Awarded Since 1999: 

Allegheny Health (1)Maine Lyme (1)
Arrant, Karan MSN, Univ of Louisiana, Monroe (1)Manasar, Armand, DDS, Bard Conf, NY (1)
Berenbaum, Sandy, CSW-R, BCD, Leventhal, Judith PhD, Exman, Pat, (CT) (1)Maryland Lyme Information & Support Grp (5)
CALDA/LymeDisease.org (17)Mid-Coast Lyme Disease Support & Ed., ME (8)
Central Jersey Lyme Support (Kahn) (1)Mid-Shore Lyme Disease Assoc., Inc., MD (1)
Central Mass Lyme Foundation (1)Mineral Area College (MO) (Conference) (1)
Clinic of Angels, FL (1)Minnesota Lyme Association/Minnesota Lyme Action Support (5)
Colorado Tick-Borne Disease Awareness Assn. (4)Mountain Valley Lyme Disease Awareness Coalition (1)
Columbia University Lyme and Tick-Borne Diseases Research Center (NY)(2)Mountain Valley Lyme Disease Support & Ed, ME (1)
Florida Lyme Advocacy, Inc. (2)NE Ohio Lyme Foundation (3 )
Friends of Ridgefield Community Programs/Lyme Connections, CT (5)New York University, David Younger, MD (1)
Georgia Lyme Disease Association (2)North Carolina Lyme Disease Foundation (1)
H. Holtry (PA) (2)North Texas Lyme Group (1)
Harford Cnty Lyme Disease Support Grp, Inc., MD (3)Oregon Lyme Disease Network, Inc. (1)
Inglis, Wendy PT, NJ (1)Partnership for Tick-Borne Diseases Education (MN) (4)
Int'l Lyme & Assoc. Diseases Society, ILADS, MD (5)Patricia McCleary, SLAM, Sturbridge LymeAwareness (6)
Karl Ford, PhD (1)Reid, Jennifer CT (1)
Leisure, Katherine Murray, MD (1)S.W. Barthold, DVM, PhD (CA) (1)
LDA Dr. Referral Prog. Grant and/or Website (NY)(10)Seybold, Lynn, BSN, RN Univ. of Pittsburg, School of Nursing (PA) (1)
Lyme Association of Greater Kansas City, Inc. (16)Singh, Harjit, MD Hackettstown Regional Medical Ctr (NJ) (1)
Lyme Disease Assoc. of Southeastern PA, Inc. (9)Stolow-Bedard, Jen, NY (1)
Lyme Disease Network of NJ, Inc., Lymenet.org (7)Texas Lyme Disease Association, Inc. (2)
Lyme Disease United Coalition IA (1)Time For Lyme, Inc., CT (1)
Lyme Rights, NY (1)University of Rhode Island Foundation for URI Tick Encounter (1)
Lyme Society (1)University of Texas Dallas (1)
Lyme Society of the UK (England) (1)VTLyme.org (2)
Lyme West NY (1)Western Tide Water Med Reserve Grp, VA (3)
Macon County Soil & Water Conservation District, IL (2)

Lyme Conference Educational Grants

95 Lyme Conference Educational Grants Awarded since 2015 / Number of Recipients per State:
2019  – 30 Scholarships (States TBA)
Total $ TBA
2018 NH (4), MA (2) ME, AZ, FL (2), VT (2), OH, NY GA, CO, ME
Total $12, 217
2017 4-NY, OH, 2-NJ, 2-MA, ME, PA, CO, VT, MD, CA
Total $11,372.32

2016  CA, CO, ME, MD, 2-MN, MO, 2-NJ, 3-NY, OH, VT, 2-WA, WI

Total: $18,141.19

2015  NC, AZ, 2-PA, MD, OH, CA, 3-NJ, 3-NY, 3-MA

Total: $10,712.98


LymeAid 4 Kids Grant Stats

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  $$400,400 Distributed Since 2004!

Click here See how LDA puts your money to work helping children with Lyme!


In 2020, 17 applicants were awarded grants for a total of $17,000

2 California, 4 Connecticut, 1 Florida, 1 Maryland, 1 Montana, 1 Oregon, 5 Pennsylvania, 1 Rhode Island, 1 Virginia

In 2019, 38 applicants were awarded grants for a total of $38,000:

1 California 8 Maryland
2 Connecticut 1 New York
1 Florida 23 Pennsylvania
1 Idaho  1 Virginia

In 2018, 7 applicants were awarded grants for a total of $7,000:

1 Pennsylvania 1 North Carolina
2 Maryland 1 Tennessee
2 Mississippi  

In 2017, 18 applicants were awarded grants for a total of $17,400:

4 Oregon 4 Maryland
5 Connecticut 1 Indiana
1 New York 1 Kansas
1 Pennsylvania 1 Idaho


In 2016, 45 applicants were awarded grants for a total of $45,000:

1 Maine 2 Ohio
1 Connecticut
1 Michigan
4 Pennsylvania 6 New York
1 Illinois 2 North Carolina
1 Florida 5 California
3 Massachusetts 2 Oregon
1 Texas 1 Mississippi
2 Tennessee 5 New Jersey
7 Virginia  


In 2015, 26 applicants were awarded grants for a total of $26,000:

6 Maine 4 Ohio
1 Connecticut
1 Michigan
2 Washington 2 New York
1 Illinois 1 North Carolina
3 Indiana 1 California
1 Oklahoma 3 Oregon


Click here for prior LymeAid 4 Kids Grants

NOTE: This document is a work in progress.  Grants are awarded based on application submission, process of expert review when required, & subject to LDA Board of Directors’ approval (all grants may not be listed)