Emerging Leader Award

Funding Agency:
Bay Area Lyme Foundation

The Bay Area Lyme Foundation Emerging Leader Awards (ELA) recognize both established and up-and-coming researchers bringing new approaches and creative thinking to the field of Lyme disease. These grants support new and innovative projects and aim to attract aspiring new scientific talent to the field of Lyme. Candidate applications must include a viable proposal for a proof-of-concept project to be funded, in part or in sum, by the grant award.

For 2024, we plan to offer at least one $150,000 ELA grant to researchers in academia or the private sector who are currently at the post-doctoral level through associate professor level or equivalent. Those who have not previously worked in Lyme disease research are also encouraged to apply. Applicants must have identified a defined approach to improving diagnostics or therapeutics for Lyme disease. Important criteria include demonstrated professional and scientific leadership in the biomedical sciences and a strong supporting scientific rationale for the project. Research efforts funded by this award are required to generate initial proof of concept within 12–24 months.

Deadline: March 1, 2024

Agency Website

Eligibility Requirements

  • Affiliated with an academic or research institution in the U.S. or corporate equivalent
  • Demonstrated professional and scientific leadership in biological and medical sciences
  • Exhibited scientific curiosity and an established pattern of creative thinking
  • A defined approach to improved diagnostics or therapies for Lyme disease



Funding Type



Junior Faculty
Post Doctoral Fellows


Medical - Basic Science
Medical - Clinical Science
Medical - Translational

External Deadline

March 1, 2024