Global Probiotics Council: 2017 Young Investigator Grant for Probiotics Research
The Global Probiotics Council is accepting applications to support research on the advancement of probiotics and gastrointestinal microbiota in the United States. Attempts will be made to support young investigators who do not yet have independent funding (such as NIH R series awards that are likely to progress to RO1 research awards). Young investigators who are senior fellows with a committed faculty appointment or early faculty members within a maximum of 5 consecutive years of his/her first faculty appointment (appointments must be in the United States) are eligible. Applicants must be interested in understanding the health benefits of probiotics or microbiota and the relationship between probiotics, gastrointestinal microbiota and the body. Candidates must be part of an established research program with the capacity to do research on microbiota and its role in health and disease. Applicants are limited to one submission per investigator. The focus of the 2017 grant is to improve understanding of mechanisms by which potential probiotics, including beneficial commensals, interact with the host and gastrointestinal microbiota to improve host physiology and function. Proposals on dietary and nutritional approaches to improve physiological function and health status are preferred over proposals on disease pathogenesis, drugs and therapies. Research cannot employ commercial probiotic strains, but publicly available, non-commercial strains are acceptable. Up to 10% of overhead costs are allowed. Funds may be used for technical support and supplies. Principal investigator salaries and travel are not funded. Equipment is rarely funded and only when it is critical to the project, is not available through the institution’s core facilities, and receives approval in advance from The Global Probiotics Council. Under exceptional circumstances a second year will be considered on a competitive basis.
Application Deadline: February 15, 2017. Award decisions will be made by May 2017 with a grant start date of July 1, 2017. Application Guidelines for the award: https://probioticsresearch.com/grant-program/.
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