2020 PennCHOP Microbiome Pilot and Feasibility Grant Program

Tuesday, January 28, 2020

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 7 pilot grants:

  1. Up to five 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 relevance to human health involving microbiome research as one key component.
  3. One matching pilot with the Penn Vet Center for Host-Microbial Interactions (CHMI)
    • Criteria: The proposal will be relevant to understanding host-microbe interactions in settings involving animal models applied to key questions in animal and human health.

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 March 4, 2020. Awards will be announced June 1, 2020.

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