The Federal Framework on Lyme Disease was released by the Government of Canada on May 2017. CIHR, in collaboration with PHAC, is committed to taking action to fight the emergence of Lyme disease. Along with the Framework, the Minister of Health announced up to $4 million over five fiscal years to establish a Lyme Disease Research Network.
Additional research on Lyme disease is needed to:
- Fill evidence gaps that exist for Lyme disease prevention and control, diagnosis and treatment options, and transmission dynamics;
- Establish the efficacy and limitations of current tests and methods to improve them; and
- Inform the causes, treatment and management options for patients who continue to experience persistent symptoms and chronic illness consistent with Lyme disease or similar ailments.
Registered applicants that are deemed relevant will be invited to participate in a second webinar on March 21st from 1:00-2:00pm ET. The purpose of this webinar is to provide further information on a strengthening workshop that will take place on April 19th, 2018. The purpose of this workshop is to provide opportunities for applicants to strengthen their application and discuss ways of working together to form a network across Canada. The Nominated Principal Applicant (NPA) as well as a minimum of three key team members up to a maximum of six from each application will be required to attend the workshop. The participants to attend the workshop should include representation from the following categories:
- Early Career Investigator;
- Health Care Professional;
- Clinician Researcher (for this funding opportunity, an independent researcher who holds an active Canadian license to practice as a human health professional)
- Patients/family representatives/informal care providers.
The expense of the participants to attend the workshop will be covered by the Public Health Agency of Canada and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research.
This funding opportunity will support a Network that will generate new knowledge to improve diagnosis and treatment of Lyme disease in Canada. The Network will encompass at least one of these relevant research areas:
- Evaluation of current clinical diagnostic tests and exploration of the development of new tools;
- A better understanding of patients who have experienced various chronic symptoms consistent with Lyme disease;
- Determination of the impact of different bacterial strains on diagnosis and treatment of Lyme disease; and/or
- Research on preventive measures, interventions, co-infections, modes of transmission and/or population health approaches to decrease the risk of occurrence of Lyme disease.
- The total amount available for this funding opportunity is $ 4 million, enough to fund approximately one research network up to a maximum of $1,000,000 per year for four years. This amount may increase if additional funding partners participate.
- Set-up and maintenance costs for an administrative/coordinating centre, which may be a physical centre or a virtual network and includes office supplies and the salary of program/network coordinator(s). No more than 20% of the annual funds per year can be invested in the support of the administrative structure.