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Biocodex Microbiota Foundation 2024

Gut Microbiota in human health and disease focusing on groundbreaking areas of research such as circadian rhythms, neurological conditions, metabolic disorders, and oncology


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 2024, the Biocodex Microbiota Foundation American grant will be awarded to an investigator studying “Gut Microbiota in human health and disease focusing on groundbreaking areas of research such as circadian rhythms, neurological conditions, metabolic disorders, and oncology". 
This grant may be applied to a new or an existing ongoing study.


The total grant amount is $50,000 USD.

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

Application period

Deadline to submit the application is October 1, 2024. There will be one grant awarded and the recipient will be notified by December 1, 2024.


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).

The ideal candidate is an early career researcher with 5 years or less research experience. The grant is intended as a seeding or bridging grant, to help investigators initiate or continue a project to become independent.

How to apply

Complete the application form and include the standard NIH biosketch. Please email the completed application to Incomplete applications will not be considered. If you have difficulties downloading the application or have any other questions, please email

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Candidate Requirements

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 Foundation 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. Mindy Engevik from Medical University of South Carolina 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.

Please send the completed application to

If you have any questions or need a copy of the application, please email

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