Scope 2023

The gut microbiome and long COVID

Altered gut microbiome composition appears to be associated with persistent symptoms in many patients with post-acute COVID-19 syndrome (PACS) or long COVID. 

This call seeks research proposals intended to quantify and characterise the phenomena of altered gut microbiome in these patients and particularly those intended to identify mechanisms of action underlying this association and approaches to microbiota modulation to facilitate timely recovery and reduce the global burden of PACS.

Key dates

Applications open: 12 June, 2023. Application closes at 11:59 pm EST on 14th September 2023.

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 Applications open: 12 June, 2023. Application closes at 11:59 pm EST on 14th September 2023.

The grants will be announced by April 2024.


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