Genome, Environment and Microbiome Pilot Funding

What: Pilot grants for up to $50,000

For: To support innovative projects focused on the genome and/or the microbiome

Who: UB faculty

Due: 5 PM, May 19

Send to:

Grant Information

GEM seeks innovative proposals that will lead to funded research to:

(a) advance our mechanistic understanding of the function and/or regulation of the genome or genomic elements


(b) advance our mechanistic understanding of components of and interactions among microbiome communities or of the role of the microbiome in health outcomes


(c) expand our understanding of functional interactions between microbiome communities and host genomes. This may include interactions with the human genome.

Our goal is to build a vibrant research Community, in part, by funding innovative research from interdisciplinary, collaborative teams. These teams may be established or newly formed. The goal of this funding is to promote new and/or unfunded projects that will ultimately be externally funded.

Hence, we are looking for proposals that will lead to preliminary data, proof-of-concept or other evidence to support external funding application. Power analysis is not necessarily an issue for such proposals. We are particularly interested in hypothesis-driven proposals that focus on the intersection of the genome, the environment and/or the microbiome. It is expected that successful proposals will address at least two of these three components; environment may be broadly operationally defined and does NOT necessarily refer to an ecosystem.

A GEM bioinformatician is available to support these projects and whose effort should be included in the budget request, if necessary. GEM-supported facilities are also available for glycan-based mass spectrometry analysis for those interested in studying the interface with the glycome.

Please submit to as a single pdf by 5:00 pm of the due date.

Any questions should be sent to