NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – The National Institutes of Health last week announced that it has set aside $1.5 million to fund projects exploring functional interactions between the human gut microbiome and host interactions in disease and nutrition.

The funding opportunity, NIH said, is open to investigators performing basic research, as well as clinical and translational studies. Project periods may run up to two years with budgets of up to $275,000 in direct costs over both years.

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