Apply for Pilot Funding

If you have a specific proposal in mind and can describe a tentative pilot study design, please submit your proposal. You will be asked about details of your hypothesis including potential design of the study, clinical measures, and strengths and limitations of the study.


Proposal Review

The CTN Study Review Committee includes the core CTN members, clinical research experts, and academic and community clinicians. The Study Review Committee has at least 5 members who serve on an annual basis.


Important Dates for 2022

April 10: Pilot study award applications open on the website

June 15: The deadline for proposals

CTN Tick-borne Disease Pilot Treatment Study Award

We are happy to announce that the Clinical Trials Network for Lyme and Tick-borne Diseases, established with a grant from the Steven & Alexandra Cohen Foundation to Columbia University, is launching the second round of Pilot Study Proposal submissions (April 10 to June 15, 2022). The CTN’s goal is to support the conduct of small-scale human studies related to the treatment of Lyme Disease or other tick-related diseases. These pilot studies will help to determine whether future larger investigations are warranted. Pilot studies generally assess safety and feasibility as primary goals; this data can then be used to support future NIH and Foundation grant submissions.

The Clinical Trials Network invites clinicians, researchers, and investigators from academic institutions to submit proposals. The proposals are typically 2-4 pages in length.

The CTN Study Review Committee members will review submissions. Favorable proposals will be further revised by Columbia’s clinical trials’ experts. Each pilot study will be conducted at one of the CTN investigation sites. Should the research proposal come from an academic center with clinical research experience, a collaboration may ensue so that the proposed study could be conducted jointly. The CTN has funding to support 1-3 small pilot studies each year.

Current CTN network affiliates include investigators from Columbia University Irving Medical Center in New York City, Johns Hopkins University Medical Center in Baltimore Maryland, and Children’s National Hospital in Washington D.C. The CTN Study Review Committee includes the core CTN members, clinical research experts, and academic and community clinicians.

The deadline for the second round of submissions for treatment research proposals was June 15, 2022. The submission period opened April 10, 2022.

We thank all clinicians and investigators in advance for participation in this process, as your proposal may lead to a transformative study.