Past Grant Calls

POP 2020 – Microbiome Mechanisms

This call for funding is now closed.

Microbiome Mechanisms

This funding opportunity will provide research grants of up to $200,000 over a maximum of 24 months to support high-impact projects that seek to improve our understanding of the relationship between the microbiome and health towards future applications.

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 leverages the microbiome towards improving human health.

Funding Parameters

  • Total available funding: $2 million (approx. 10 projects)
  • Project size: $200,000
  • Duration: Up to 24 months

Eligible Projects

  • Significantly expand mechanistic understanding of the microbiome in influencing physiology, health and disease.
  • Provide new insights that lead toward novel or improved applications of the microbiome to improving health.
  • Full definitions can be found in the Program Details document.

Application materials

How to Apply

1.    Confirm intent to apply by emailing

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

Important Dates

Information webinars:             January 7th, 9th, 2020 @ 1:00pm EST

LOI deadline:                          January 21st, 2020 @ 2:00pm EST

Proposal deadline:                  May 14th, 2020 @ 4:00 pm EDT

Anticipated Award Notice:      June, 2020


Registration for the Information Session can be found here.