2019 Proof-of-Principle Grant Call – Prebiotic Strategies

This call for funding is now closed.

Prebiotic Strategies

This funding opportunity will provide research grants of up to $150,000 over a maximum of 24 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 leverages the microbiome towards improving human health.

Funding Parameters

  • Total available funding: $1.5 million (approx. 10 projects)
  • Project size: $150,000
  • Duration: Up to 24 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 eligible research surrounding prebiotic strategies.
  • Full definitions can be found in the Program Details document.

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:             January 29th and 30th, 2019 @ 1:00pm EST

LOI deadline:                             February 11th, 2019 @ 2:00pm EDT

Proposal deadline:                   April 11th, 2019 @ 2:00 pm EDT

Anticipated Award Notice:      May, 2019

Registration for the Information Session can be found here.