Funding opportunities under the Canadian Microbiome Initiative

Emerging Team Grant: Canadian Microbiome Initiative

In July, 2009, The CIHR Institute of Infection and Immunity launched the Emerging Team Grant: Canadian Microbiome Initiative (CMI). This initiative provides an opportunity for multidisciplinary teams of Canadian researchers to analyze and characterize the microorganisms that colonize the human body in order to: understand the composition and distribution of the microbial flora in different body sites; gain new insights on the function of the normal flora in healthy individuals; and probe the links between the human microflora and disease. It is expected that successful teams will take advantage of the international microbiome research database where appropriate.

The total amount invested into this initiative was $13.275 million. Funding for these projects commenced in September 2010. For more information about the successful teams, please visit the CMI Funding Decisions page.

The CIHR-III Catalyst Grant in Human Microbiome Research

In June 2008, III, in partnership with the CIHR Institute of Nutrition, Metabolism and Diabetes (INMD), launched the Human Microbiome Catalyst Grant competition to support one-year grants of up to $100,000 that will enable Canadian researchers to make a contribution to the creation of new knowledge in the area of the human microbiome and its translation into an understanding of how the microorganisms in the human body affect both the normal healthy and disease states. This opportunity garnered a great deal of interest from the research community and attracted 21 applications. With funding support from the CIHR Institute of Circulatory and Respiratory Health (ICRH), the CIHR Institute of Gender and Health (IGH), INMD, and the CIHR Ethics Office, the following 12 projects received one year funding to support individual researchers working in the area of the human microbiome to begin forming teams as an initial step towards the pursuit of additional funding opportunities in the national and international realms.

For more information about the successful researchers, please visit the CMI Funding Decisions page.