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Programme Details

Microbiome, Brain Health, and Ageing

This call for funding is now CLOSED.

This funding opportunity via the Reta Lila Weston Trust will provide research grants of up to £750,000 over a maximum of 48 months each to support high-impact projects that seek to improve our understanding of the relationship between the microbiome and brain health towards future applications.

Please refer to the Programme Details and Request for Applications (RFA) for more information and details on how to apply.


To provide funding to British scientists to leverage the microbiome to prevent, address, and treat brain diseases associated with ageing, in areas of neurodegeneration, cerebrovascular diseases, and age-related cognitive decline.

Funding Parameters:

·         Total available funding: £1.5 million (up to 2 projects)

·         Project size: £750,000

·         Duration: 36-48 months

Eligible Projects will:

·         Establish an innovative line of translational research and provide proof-of-principle evidence in support of new therapeutic or health applications

·         Catalyze longer-term bench-to-bedside initiatives that seek to move therapies from discovery through to application

·         Full definitions can be found in the Programme Details document.

Application materials:

·         Request for Applications (RFA)

·         Programme Details

·         Letter of Intent (LOI) template

How to Apply

1.    Confirm intent to apply by emailing us

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

Important Dates

Information webinar:              February 11th, 2020 @ 4:00 p.m.  GMT

LOI deadline:                         March 6th, 2020 @ 3:00 p.m. GMT

Proposal deadline:                 April 27th, 2020 @ 3:00 p.m. GMT

Anticipated Award Notice:      May-June, 2020


Registration for the Information Session can be found here.

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