2019 PennCHOP Microbiome Pilot and Feasibility Grant Program

Friday, January 18, 2019

Purpose and Research Focus:
The mission of the PennCHOP Microbiome Program is to facilitate research across campus focused on understanding the microbiome and altering its composition and activity to improve health. Pilot/Feasibility grants are designed to bring together microbiome investigators and to stimulate other researchers to enter the field and investigate the influence of the microbiome in their subject areas. The Pilot/Feasibility Projects can focus on the microbiota at any body site of the human or animal hosts. Projects can focus on composition and/or function of bacterial, fungal, archaeal, or viral communities as well as their physiological and pathological effects on their hosts.

There will be three pilot funding mechanisms that will support up to 8 pilot grants:

  1. Up to six general microbiome pilots
  2. One matching pilot with the University of Pennsylvania Center for Molecular Studies in Digestive and Liver Disease.
    • Criteria: The proposal will focus on Digestive and Liver Diseases, with a focus on translatable applications to human health involving microbiome research as one key component.
  3. One matching pilot with the University of Pennsylvania Abramson Cancer Center
    • Criteria: The proposal will be relevant to understanding host-microbe interactions in cancer acquisition or therapy, including either clinical or experimental settings. Applications would ideally include a faculty member from the cancer center combined with faculty member experienced in microbiome research.

See the attached PDF for more information about eligibility, submission requirements, and award terms.

To apply, submit a pdf via email to Jessica Monkoski (jesmo [at] pennmedicine.upenn.edu).
Complete proposals are due by 5PM on February 20, 2019. Awards will be announced in May 2019.

Questions? Feel free to reply to this email or reach out to Jessica (email above).