Nature Research and Yakult: The Global Grants for Gut Health


Nature Research and Yakult


The Global Grants for Gut Health

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The Global Grants for Gut Health

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The Global Grants for Gut Health is a competitive program for investigator-initiated research into the human gut microbiota.

The Global Grants for Gut Health will consider proposals for one-year research projects – whether laboratory investigations or clinical studies – that advance understanding of the impact of the gut microbiota on human health.

Applications might relate to:

  • The structure, function and diversity of the human microbiome
  • The gut-associated immune system and the microbiota’s immunomodulatory capacity
  • The role of the gut microbiota in inflammatory and metabolic diseases
  • The role of the microbiota in the gut‒brain axis
  • Modulation of the gut microbiota, for example through diet, prebiotics, probiotics, transplantation of faecal microbiota or selected species and communities, and modulators of the microbiota composition.


Applicants shall be employed by a university, research institution or any other not-for-profit organisation. Applicants must hold a doctorate or medical degree (e.g., PhD, MD, PharmD) and have at least five years’ postdoctoral research experience. The awards are global, so applicants can be of any nationality and projects can be hosted at any eligible organisation in the world.

Funding Availability

The program will make a maximum of three awards per funding cycle, each of up to $100,000 USD. 

Maximum Project Value

$100,000 USD

Indirect Costs


Project Duration

One year. 


If College-level review is required, your College will communicate its earlier internal deadlines.

Internal Deadline

Lead Applicant to submit full application, including signature page signed by the Lead Applicant, and OR-5 to

External Deadline

Applicant must submit completed application through the online proposalCENTRAL portal. Registration to the portal is required. Successful awards will be announced March 2019. Please see the Guideline for Applicants Page for complete details on the application process. 

How to Apply

Please see the Guideline for Applicants Page for complete details on the application process (including obtaining the signature page required by Research Services).  All Applications must be submitted through the proposalCENTRAL portal. 

Information For Co-applicants

If you need to meet a deadline set by the lead institution for this opportunity, please ensure that you provide the Office of Research with at least five days in advance of the lead institution’s deadline to review the application, or your proposed component of the project. Please be in touch with the Office of Research (contact information below) ahead of the deadline if it looks like it will be difficult for you to submit all the required documentation on time (i.e. budget, proposal, OR-5 Form).

For Questions, please contact

Office of Research

Amy Bossaer, Senior Grants and Contracts Specialist
Office of Research Services
519-824-4120 x58613

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