Global Grants for Gut Health
The Global Grants for Gut Health is a competitive programme for investigator-initiated research into the human gut microbiota, supported by Yakult and Nature Research.
The Global Grants for Gut Health will consider proposals for one-year research projects – whether laboratory investigations or clinical studies – that advance understanding of the mechanisms of action through which gut microbiota have an impact on human health.
Applications might relate to:
- The gut-associated immune system and how it is modulated by microbiota
- How the gut microbiota exercise influence in inflammatory and metabolic diseases
- The mechanisms by which the microbiota influence the gut‒brain axis
In all cases the focus should be on uncovering and understanding how the microbiota exerts an influence on human health.
The fund is open to eligible researchers from across the world. The programme will make a maximum of three awards per funding cycle, each of up to US$100,000. Research projects should be one year in duration.
Applicants should be employed by a university, research institute or any other not-for-profit organisation. Applicants must hold a doctorate or medical degree (e.g., PhD, MD, PharmD) and have at least five years’ postdoctoral research experience.
The awards are global, so applicants can be of any nationality and projects can be hosted at eligible organisations in any country apart from Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Sudan, Syria or where otherwise prohibited or restricted by law or where otherwise prohibited or restricted by law as updated from time to time.
The programme is open to applicants from all scientific disciplines.
Assessment process & criteria
Proposals will be assessed by an independent, expert panel. The panel will be made up of internationally renowned researchers in human microbiota from across the world. Panel members will review proposals individually ahead of a physical meeting of the full panel to discuss the merits of shortlisted proposals in detail. The panel will then decide which proposals to fund. Nature Research and Yakult employees will have no influence over funding decisions.
Proposals will be assessed against the following criteria:
- Potential impact
- Scientific quality
- Quality of the applicant/team
- Value for money
Funds can be used to cover the following eligible costs:
- Direct costs of research
- Salaries of the principal investigator and other team members. It is expected that awards will cover a percentage of investigators’ time. Awards are not intended to buy out 100% of investigators’ time. Research assistants may be employed on a full-time basis.
- The costs of consumables, materials, supplies, software and small, non-capital equipment (up to US$10,000) required to deliver the project and associated activities.
- Travel and subsistence for team members as required to deliver the project and associated dissemination activities. This is not intended to cover normal living expenses.
- Publication costs.
- Ethical approval and other licence fees.
- Consultancy and subcontracting fees.
- Indirect costs or institutional overheads
- In addition, applicants may apply for a further amount, equivalent to 10% of the requested direct costs of research, to cover indirect costs if such a contribution is required by their institution.
The following costs are not eligible:
- Capital equipment over US $10,000.
- Education costs.
- Accommodation and normal living costs.
Applications for the second round of funding open at 11:59 pm EST on 30th June 2019 and close at 11:59 pm EST on 30th September 2019.
Second round awards will be announced in April 2020.