To apply, please upload proposals here by the end of the day on December 1, 2021.

Please include the following in your proposal:


1. Project Description – a clear description of the work and how it synergizes with the research themes of the Microbiome Initiative – limited to three pages, single-spaced, 11 pt font, one-inch margins; you may add an additional page for references

Include the following sections:

i. Research Aims

ii. Approach

iii. Plans for possible subsequent support by external grants

iv. Endorsement by mentors of trainees involved, including how the trainees fit the project and how they will benefit from co-mentoring

v. Project Milestones and Timeline


2. Budget

The budget period for this Accelerator begins January 2022. Please indicate how the funds will be allocated across:

a. Personnel

b. Research-related costs (i.e., research supplies)

c. Equipment

d. Other

3. Team structure and budget justification (one page maximum). Please list the individuals who will be funded by this project (including their names, contact information, and school/department at BU), their roles, and include a paragraph describing how the team is structured/organized. Please also describe how the funds will be managed and distributed. Briefly describe how the trainees listed are appropriate for the project.


Please contact Kaitlin Valli at kkv@bu.edu with any questions.