This award aims at recognizing local initiatives

Because at Biocodex we are convinced that Microbiota deserves better care.

To foster its commitment to improving global health, the Biocodex Microbiota Foundation launched in 2021 the Henri Boulard Award.

Henri Boulard is the famous French microbiologist who discovered the yeast Saccharomyces boulardii in the 1920s in Indochina and its virtues against diarrhoea. The Henri Boulard Award is dedicated to improving the management of disorders associated with microbiota.

Because Gut Microbiota is more and more considered an organ, it deserves to be protected. Actions such as education programs, water purification, farming projects may preserve the organ integrity and may avoid the disorders associated with microbiota dysfunction.

That is why the Henri Boulard Award wants to support 3 initiatives from 3 geographical areas: Asia, Latin America and Middle East Africa.


Public call for projects 2022

The Biocodex Microbiota Foundation launches the 2022 edition of the Henri Boulard Award.

The call for projects proposals will be opened on the 1st of April until the 30th of September.

The jury will select the 3 awardees by November 2022.

Award objectives

This award aims at recognizing local initiatives dedicated to improving the management of disorders associated with microbiota.

From water purification projects to health education programs, the project has to address a local unmet medical need in the country and aims at improving populations’ global health.


Award amounts

Every year, 3 projects from 3 geographical area will each be awarded €10,000.

Issued in 2 payments:

  • €8,000 upon the awarding of the grant, subject to receipt of the winning research organization or association’s bank details;
  • €2,000 12 months after the start of the project (subject to the submission of a report)



1. Eligibility criteria

To be eligible, the project must address a local unmet medical need.

The description of the project must indicate the tools used to respond to the problem. 

This project must be carried out in one of the following countries:

  • Asia: Azerbaijan, Cambodia, China, Georgia, Hong Kong, India, Kazakhstan,  Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Malaysia, Moldova, Mongolia, Myanmar, Pakistan, Singapore, Tadjikistan, Thailand, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Vietnam
  • Latin America: Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Chile, Costa Rica, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru.
  • Middle East Africa: Algeria, Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Central African Rep, Chad, Congo, Djibouti, Gabon, Ghana, Guinea, Irak, Ivory Coast, Jordan, Kenya, Lebanon, Madagascar, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Niger, Nigeria, Rep. Demo. Congo, Rwanda, Senegal, South Africa, Tunisia, Togo

2. Nota bene

Clinical study projects, initiatives with no link to intestinal microbiota, or evaluations of drugs or medical devices are not eligible.

The awardees of Henri Boulard Award cannot apply the year after their election.


Applications review

The jury will evaluate each application according to the following criteria:

  • The scientific relevance of the project (evidence of the link with microbiota),
  • Its significance in terms of health (the potential health improvements offered by the project),
  • Its relevance in terms of a locally unmet medical need,
  • The quality of the application submitted (clarity of the explanation, organization, etc.),
  • Suitability and feasibility (in terms of tools and budget),
  • Ability to replicate the project in other countries.


Assessment Committee

  • 1 scientific expert
  • 1 science journalist

The application form can be downloaded by clicking the icon below :

Download application

Once you have completed the application form, the Biocodex Microbiota Foundation would be grateful if you could submit your application electronically using the following e-mail address: 


Opening of the submission

April 1st

Closing of the submission

September 30th


The jury will select the recipients in November.

The applicants to the Henri Boulard Award must be health professionals.

The application shall not be made in a personal capacity but on behalf of an association, a research organization, hospital, or institution.

Projects already supported (even partially) or submitted by international on-Governmental Organizations are not eligible.

Please note that non-confidential information and illustrations concerning the winning projects will be published on the Biocodex Microbiota Foundation’s website.