Lisa's Research Fellowship

2018 Lisa's Research Fellowship - Request for Proposals

Award scope

The Sturge-Weber Foundation’s (SWF) international mission is to improve the quality of life for people with Sturge-Weber syndrome through collaborative education, advocacy, and research support. SWF invites all qualified scientists at universities, hospitals and research institutions (not for profit or profit) to submit applications for Lisa’s Research Fellowship, a fellowship for postdoctoral fellows and junior faculty that supports research relevant to our mission.

The goal of this Fellowship is to support patient-oriented research, basic science research, or translational studies relevant to Sturge-Weber syndrome or related conditions. Possible areas of research include, but are not limited to, epidemiological, or behavioral studies, small clinical exploratory trials, studies of disease mechanism, and the development of new technologies, biomarkers and treatments focusing on the neurological, ophthalmological and dermatological manifestations of SWS.

Lisa’s Research Fellowship was begun in 2016 to honor a patient with Sturge-Weber syndrome. To see information on our first awardee, and other information on research activities supported by the SWF, see


Key dates

June 15, 2018                                Invitation to submit application. Inquiries welcome. 

Friday September 7, 2018              Full application due

Friday September 14, 2018            Announcement of awardee

September 15, 2018                       Award start date

August 31, 2019                             Award end date



Candidates for Lisa’s Research Fellowship must be post-doctoral (Ph.D. or M.D.) fellows or newly appointed junior faculty members (first two years of appointment).


Fellowship details

1. The Fellowship is for a 1 year period.

2. The amount is $50,000/year that can be used for salary support and/or research expenses. Up to 10% of the funds may be used for supplies or travel.

3. The candidate agrees to work collaboratively with The Sturge-Weber Foundation Clinical Care Network.

4. The Fellow is required to provide a mid-year and a final progress report.

5. This Fellowship does not support indirect costs.

6. Publications are encouraged and should cite support from The Sturge-Weber Foundation.


Information required from the candidate (in a single PDF file)

1. Current biosketch in NIH format from both the applicant and his/her mentor.

2. Four page proposal including the following information (including any figures or tables):

  •   Title
  •   Specific aims
  •   How this award will advance the missions of the SWF as stated above
  •   Background and significance
  •   Research strategy
  •   Brief summary of training plan from applicant’s perspective
  •   Brief budget and budget justification

3. Letter of support from the mentor detailing his/her support of and commitment to the applicant and the proposed research and training plan. More than one mentor is permitted (one mentor should be designated as primary and be responsible for administrative matters). The letter may be sent separately or included in the applicant’s file. It should describe:

  •   How the proposed research fits into the mentor’s research program.
  •   Expertise and experience in the area of research proposed.
  •   Mentor’s prior experience in the supervision, training, and mentoring of research scientists.
  •   Potential for applicant’s future research career.


Please direct any inquiries to Dr. Jonathan Pevsner, Chief Scientific Officer, Sturge-Weber Foundation (email, office phone 443-923-2686).