Call for Submissions: Kavli Microbiome Ideas Challenge

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Washington, DC – October 24, 2016 – The Kavli Microbiome Ideas Challenge invites the broad scientific community to submit their ideas for groundbreaking experimental tools and methods for understanding microbial function. The Kavli Foundation has committed $1 million to a Kavli Microbiome Ideas Challenge supporting development of next generation scientific tools for investigating life on a microbial scale. The Kavli Ideas Challenge is led by the American Society for Microbiology (ASM), and carried out in partnership with the American Chemical Society (ACS) and American Physical Society (APS).

The focus of the Kavli Microbiome Ideas Challenge is the development of new tools and methods that will help transition the field of microbiome research from correlative studies to causal understanding of microbial function.

Grant submissions for the Kavli Ideas Challenge open October 24th, 2016 and will close December 2nd, 2016 at 11:59PM CST. A total of three to four awards will be supported with a minimum of $250K and a maximum of $350K per award.

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Kavli Spotlight: Uniting Diverse Sciences to Tackle the Microbiome

The Kavli Microbiome Ideas Challenge will provide $1 million in grants for innovative tools to investigate how microbes live in complex communities. In a roundtable discussion hosted by The Kavli Foundation, three scientists representing three different fields - Tim Donohue, Julie Biteen and Terry Hwa - discuss why it matters.

This Ideas Challenge recognizes the need for an interdisciplinary approach to microbiome research and invites the scientific community – including microbiologists, ecologists, chemists, physicists, engineers, material scientists, nanoscientists, computational scientists and others – to submit their ideas for novel experimental tools and methods aimed at understanding microbial interactions and function from new perspectives. Ideas for novel tools and methods will be broadly applicable across the many environments studied in microbiome research – the earth’s soils, ocean and freshwater environments, and atmosphere; as well as animal hosts’ gut and skin ecosystems. Ideas should facilitate collaboration among scientists with expertise in various disciplines that could advance microbiome research.

ASM, ACS and APS, through the extraordinary breadth of scientific expertise represented by their collective membership, will ensure that the Kavli Ideas Challenge generates and selects the most innovative proposals. For more information on the Kavli Ideas Challenge, please visit To submit your grant proposals, visit the submission site.



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