Apply to the Microbiome Initiative Accelerator Program!

Deadline December 1, 2021.

We invite the Microbiome Initiative and broader BU Community to apply to the Microbiome Initiative Accelerator Program!

A major priority of the Boston University Microbiome Initiative is to establish new collaborations that venture into untapped opportunities to understand, control and design microbial ecosystems. Research areas of interest include the dynamics of microbial communities in terrestrial and marine ecosystems, host-associated microbiomes, and artificially engineered microbial consortia, with special emphasis on the underlying physical, biological, and ecological principles and mechanisms underlying microbial community structure and dynamics. To encourage more collaborative research in these areas at Boston University, we are currently soliciting applications for the BU Microbiome Accelerator Program.


With the Accelerator Program, the Microbiome Initiative aims at supporting collaborative teams to carry out groundbreaking research in promising new directions at the crossroads of disciplines. The program will put special emphasis on training and nurturing the next generation of scholars and leaders in quantitative microbial ecology research. We are interested in trainees from all disciplines who utilize experimental, theoretical, or computational approaches to tackle applied and fundamental questions about microbial communities. We strongly encourage applications involving faculty and trainees from members of communities under-represented in microbiome-related disciplines.


Trainees for awarded proposals will be appointed as
Microbiome Fellows for the duration of the project.


Fundamental criteria for evaluation of the proposal will be the following:

(i) Is the proposal focused on fundamental microbial ecology questions, with a strong quantitative component?

(ii) Does the proposal involve at least one trainee and at least two co-mentors (at least one of whom is a core member of the Microbiome Initiative)

(iii) Does the proposal venture into uncharted territory, and does it have a chance of high-impact results?

(iv) How will the trainee benefit from the co-mentorship and from the environment of the Microbiome Initiative?

(v) How can the trainees and mentors contribute to initiatives that would enhance diversity and provide opportunities for outreach activities?

Recommended funding levels will be $40,000 per key investigator per year, with a maximum funding level of $80,000 per proposal. As we are particularly interested in developing talented trainees in the microbial sciences, we encourage funding to go to trainees salaries. Funding may not be applied to Faculty salaries. Funded projects may apply for renewal on a competitive basis, for up to two total years of funding, subject to availability of funds. All PIs and participants must be employees of Boston University.


Please find more information on how to apply here.