Scope 2022

The Geriatric Microbiome

The gut microbiota undergoes extensive changes across the lifespan; age-related processes may influence its composition and its related metabolic alterations. Increasing evidence suggests that the gut microbiome lies at the core of many age-associated changes, including immune system dysregulation and susceptibility to disease. The new GGGH call is focused on the geriatric gut microbiome. We are seeking proposals which go beyond findings of gut microbiome composition in the elderly to address downstream functional pathways, metabolites, and mechanisms of action, offering possible explanations regarding age-related processes.

The Global Grants for Gut Health

The Global Grants for Gut Health is a competitive programme for investigator initiated research into the human gut microbiota, supported by Yakult and Nature Portfolio.In 2022, the Global Grants for Gut Health will consider proposals for research projects that advance our understanding of the geriatric gut microbiome and its influence on human health and aging.

The fund is open to eligible researchers from across the world. The programme will make a maximum of three awards per funding cycle, each of up to US$100,000. Research projects should be one year in duration.

Assessment process & criteria

Proposals will first be screened on the basis of the originality and scientific quality of the project. A shortlist of proposals will then be assessed by an independent, expert panel on the basis of all four of the criteria below. The panel will be made up of internationally renowned researchers in human microbiota from across the world. Panel members will review proposals individually ahead of a meeting of the full panel to discuss the merits of shortlisted proposals in detail. The panel will then decide which proposals to fund. Nature Portfolio and Yakult employees will have no influence over funding decisions.

Proposals will be assessed against the following criteria:

  • Quality and originality of the science
  • Potential scientific and social impact
  • Quality of the applicant/team and value for money
  • Focus on mechanisms of action

Key dates

Applications for the next round of funding open at 12:00 am UTC on 16 June 2022 and close at 11:59 pm UTC on 14th September 2022.

The grants will be announced by April 2023.


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