Microbiome SRP Seed Grant Program

Seed Funding Guidelines

The Microbiome Special Research Program (SRP) and the UC Davis Office of Research are pleased to announce a call for proposals for projects in the area of microbiome research. The Microbiome SRP was established to build upon the expanse of microbiome science at UC Davis. At UC Davis alone, over 150 faculty are either involved in, or have expressed an interest in being involved in, microbiome research. The Microbiome SRP aims to facilitate interdisciplinary and innovative research in microbiome science at UC Davis through creating and fostering collaborations and communications between UC davis researchers interested in microbiome science. To that end we are offering funds through a Research Seed Grant Program, which are intended to create new research collaborations and build on previously existing collaborations centered on microbiome-focused research at UC Davis.

This call is open to all disciplines performing research in microbiome science, including but not limited to: biological sciences, engineering, agriculture, medicine, veterinary medicine, food science, soil science, and any other discipline with the potential to make clear contributions to microbiome research.

Award Details

For each award, UC Davis Microbiome Special Research Program will provide funding of up to $40,000 for the total duration of the project (up to 2 years). Smaller requests will also be considered.

Awards may be used to cover reasonable research-related travel expenses, and associated research expenses (e.g. research supplies, publication costs, etc.). Funds may not be used to cover student tuition. However, student stipends are allowed if properly justified in the narrative and budget.

The maximum duration of funding for each project is 24 months. Project end dates must be on or before September 30, 2020.


  • Proposals will only be accepted from UC Davis researchers with Principal Investigator status.
  • Applicants are permitted to submit only one application per year. Proposals may be resubmitted in subsequent funding cycles.

Previous Awards:

  • Joanna Chiu, Department of Entomology and Nematology, College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences
  • David Gold, Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, College of Letters and Science.
  • Valentina Medici, Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, School of Medicine
  • Kate Scow, Department of Land, Air, and Water Resources, College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences
  • Erkin Seker, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, College of Engineering
  • Andrew Whitehead, Department of Environmental Toxicology, College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences
  • Thomas Young, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, College of Engineering
Application period is now closed.