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Microbiomes Institute

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2024-25 USF Microbiomes Research Awards

We are thrilled to announce the launch of the 2024-25 USF Microbiome Research Award proposals. These prestigious awards are designed to foster collaboration and innovation in the field of microbiome research at the University of South Florida. Our goal is to support projects that bridge disciplines and translate scientific discoveries into real-world applications. Letter of intent (LOI) must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Monday, June 24, 2024, and the full application must be received by 11:59 PM (EST) on Monday, August 5, 2024. 

If you are interested in learning more about the awards and how to submit a proposal, please click HERE.

Please get in touch with us if you have any questions or need help finding collaborators or resources at 


2024 Microbiome Ignite Awards

We are currently accepting applications for the Ignite Award. These awards are intended to be small, rapid-access awards to 1) help investigative teams maintain momentum on feasibility projects with high probability of traversing research gaps related to microbiome research, 2) obtain pilot data that will allow for the submission of a subsequent, larger extramural grant application, or 3) provide internal funding for new research projects that have been peer- reviewed and scored to help move grants to a fundable range. Funds will be awarded for up to $5,000 to be spent within a maximum of 3 months of the award.  This application process will be rolling, with investigators invited to apply at any time that is convenient to them.   

Please click the below links for the full details and application instructions:


2023-2024 Microbiome Research Award winners:

We are pleased to announce this year’s Microbiome Research Award recipients:

Experimental testing of a quantum genetic theory of evolution using algae

Diego Santiago Alarcon, Department of Integrative Biology
George P. Philippidis, Patel College of Global Sustainability

Unleashing the power of the gut: a new approach to combat Clostridiodes difficile infection

Rays Jiang, USF genomics | Global Health Infectious Disease Research Center College of Public Health
XingMin Sun, Department of Molecular Medicine

Genome and microbiome sequencing of the ciliate pathogen Philaster apodigitiformis to provide insights into Diadema antillarum (long-spined sea urchin) mass mortality

Jean Lim, Ph.D., Scientific Researcher, College of Marine Science, University of South Florida
Mya Breitbart, Ph.D., Distinguished University Professor, College of Marine Science

Roles of the short-chain fatty acids in the spatiotemporal infection dynamics of Borrelia burgdorferi

Zhiming Ouyang, Dept. of Molecular Medicine

Development of a Dietary Intake Mobile App Designed for Older Adults

Yu Sun, Dept. of Computer Science & Engineering
Hariom Yadav, Center for Microbiome Research

Role of intravenous iron supplementation on intestinal microbiome in chronic kidney disease

Timo Rieg Department of Molecular Pharmacology and Physiology
Jessica Dominguez Rieg,Department of Molecular Pharmacology and Physiology

Investigation of the microbiome environment of Phanaeus vindex when reared in environmentally-monitored conditions versus field conditions.

Sylvia Thomas, P.I. College of Engineering, Department of Electrical Engineering
David Merkler, Co-P.I. College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Chemistry

Advancing In Vitro Intestine Models: Smart Polymer-Controlled Peristalsis

Wenbin Mao, Ph.D., Department of Mechanical Engineering, College of Engineering
Nathan Gallant, Ph.D., Department of Mechanical Engineering, College of Engineering, USF

Arylalkylamine N-Acyltransferase as a Novel Target for the Treatment of Clostridioides difficile Infections.

David Merkler, PhD, Department of Chemistry

2022-2023 Recipients

2021-2022 Recipients 

2019-2020 Recipients

External Funding Opportunities

Below is a list of external grant opportunities in the field of microbiomes.  They include grants that specifically support microbiome research, as well as those that, while not microbiome-specific, would certainly be applicable.  

If you see a microbiomes-related funding opportunity that is not listed here, please send it to and it will be added to the list. 

(Click on each category to expand.)