• LOI: 06/03/2019
  • Proposal: 08/01/2019


  • Amount: $200,000 - $400,000 per year
  • Duration: 5 years


The Symbiosis in Aquatic Systems Initiative of the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation is soliciting pre-applications for investigator awards. Each award will fund research in a single investigator’s laboratory. Their goal with the awards is to provide scientists with the resources and flexibility to pursue innovative, risky research that has high potential for significant conceptual and methodological advances in aquatic symbiosis. They anticipate investigators will generate new technologies, resources, theory, natural history and hypotheses to spark discovery in understanding aquatic organisms and their symbioses. They envision a vibrant cohort of investigators that serves as a source of ideas for the initiative, collaborates among peers, and moves the community towards a more comprehensive understanding how marine and freshwater organisms interact in symbiotic associations involving microbes.

They anticipate awards encompassing one or more of three central themes: origins and evolution, mechanisms of symbiotic interactions, and/or ecology and natural history. We are interested in symbioses where at least one partner is a microbe and where the symbiosis takes place in a marine or freshwater environment. Studies centered on agriculture, aquaculture, aquaponics, the human microbiome, applied sciences, symbiosis in terrestrial systems, symbioses without a microbe, predator-prey relationships, and pathogen research are outside the scope of this funding opportunity.

Investigators will be selected based on their potential to conduct research that illuminates how aquatic symbioses involving microbes function and how these interactions shape ecology and evolution in marine and freshwater habitats.

Eligibility & Submission Requirements

Eligible investigators must:

  • Hold a tenured or tenure-track position (or equivalent) for a minimum of four years, with the first appointment no later than June 3, 2015;
  • Have served as principal investigator on one or more major, competitive research grants (e.g., NSF, NASA, ERC, DFG, Wellcome Trust, Moore Foundation).

The opportunity is intended for individual investigators and is not open to teams or collaborative projects.

Contact Information

If you have any questions or need assistance or accommodation in completing this application, please contact Alexandra González by emailing or calling 650-213-3121.