Biocodex Grant - "Gut Microbiota and Its Impact Beyond the Digestive System"



With a mission of advancing the research and understanding of human microbiota, the Biocodex Microbiota Foundation is calling on inspired early career researchers from American institutions in the microbiome field to submit proposals for funding their projects. Leveraging a national board of independent scientists to select the most exciting proposal and to help fund young investigators, Biocodex plans to lead the charge in this field of study by giving an annual national grant to different research topics in the microbiome field.

For 2021, the Biocodex Microbiota Foundation American grant will be awarded to an investigator studying gut microbiota and its impact beyond the digestive system. This grant may be applied to a new or an existing ongoing study.



The total grant amount is $50,000 USD.

Deadline to submit your application is October 15, 2021, 5 PM EST.

This grant is intended to be mainly an operational grant, not a salary grant. Indirect institutional costs are allowed (up to 10%).



Applicants must be an advanced degree holder.

Grant must be applied to research in a USA institution.

Applicant may have no more than 10 years of research experience post-terminal degree (time spent in clinical training is excluded). Applicants are favored who have 5 years or less of previous postdoc training at the time of application (time spent in clinical training is excluded).

The successful candidate is an early career researcher with 5 years or less research experience seeking to establish themselves apart from their supervisor/program and become independent. The grant is intended as a seeding or bridging grant, to help investigators initiate a project to become independent.


Application form

Application consists of completed application form and the standard NIH biosketch.

Click to download the application form in doc.

Incomplete application forms will not be considered.

If you have trouble accessing the application, please email for a copy of the application.


Candidate engagement

The Applicant agrees to inform the Biocodex Microbiota Foundation of any financing that has already been received for this project, or a request for funding to another structure.

The Applicant agrees to submit interim reports of research work to the Biocodex Microbiota Foundation every 6 months. He/she also agrees to send the final report of the study to the Foundation within six months of the close of the project.

The Applicant will mention the Biocodex Microbiota Foundation’s support in any communication or publication of their work with the following sentence: “This work was (partially) supported by the Biocodex Microbiota Foundation.” The Applicant will send copies of these communications or publications to the Foundation.

The Applicant authorizes the Biocodex Microbiota Foundation to publicize its support for their proposal and grants both on the BMF website and through other means by uploading the non-confidential summary of the proposal.

If for any reason the winning study needs to be discontinued, the Applicant agrees to promptly (within 3 days of the decision) communicate this to the Biocodex Microbiota Foundation.



Our scientific board, comprised of Dr. Ruth Ann Luna from Texas Children’s Hospital and Baylor College of Medicine, Dr. Emeran Mayer from University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) and Dr. Erica Sonnenburg from Stanford University, will review the applications and select the grant winner. The scientific board’s decision is final, and will not be contested.



The deadline for sending applications by email is October 15, 2021, 5 PM EST.

The jury will award the grant to one project. Applicants will be informed of the decision by December 1st, 2021 at the latest.


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