2018 Proof-of-Principle Grant Call

This call for funding is now closed.

Prebiotics, Probiotics, Postbiotics

This funding opportunity will provide research grants of up to $150,000 over 18 months to support high-impact projects that seek to develop novel microbiome-based therapies.

Please refer to the Program Details and Request for Applications (RFA) for more information and details on how to apply.


To provide funding to Canadian scientists performing high-risk, high-reward translational research that modulates the microbiome to improve human health.

Proposal Streams

Stream 1: Prebiotics

Stream 2: Probiotics

Definitions can be found in the Program Details.

Funding Parameters

  • Total available funding: $1.5 million (approx. 5 projects per stream)
  • Project size: $150,000
  • Duration: Up to 18 months

Eligible Projects

  • Establish an innovative line of translational research and provide evidence in support of new health applications that leverage the microbiome (i.e. interventions or preventative health)
  • Catalyze longer term bench-to-bedside initiatives that seek to move therapies from discovery through to clinical application
  • Focus on modulation of the microbiome to improve health by one of two paths: 1) prebiotic approaches and 2) probiotic or postbiotic strategies

Application materials

How to Apply

1.    Confirm intent to apply by emailing geordie.stewart@westonfoundation.ca

2.    Submit a completed Letter of Intent (see template above)

Important Dates

Information webinars:             February 27th and 28th, 2018 @ 1:00pm EST

LOI deadline:                             March 30th, 2018 @ 2:00pm EDT

Proposal deadline:                   August 1st, 2018

Anticipated Award Notice:      September, 2018

Registration for the Information Session can be found here.