Grants Program

Program Mission

As the research arm of Viome, VRI’s mission is to develop world-leading technology and make it available to the consumer so they can take control of their own health, increase healthspan, and live a great, worry-free life.

Program Description

VRI offers grants to eligible researchers and institutions anywhere in the World. The VRI Grants Program provides access to unlimited free use of VRI tests, bioinformatics, and advanced data science analyses (machine learning). VRI’s cutting-edge systems biology platform can generate high-resolution molecular data from microbiome and human specimens, collect highly accurate metadata, apply cutting-edge bioinformatics, and perform advanced data science and machine learning methods.

VRI’s goal is to translate innovative research findings into commercial products, such as a diagnostic or companion diagnostic test, or therapy. Therefore, Viome will need to own or co-own the IP generated with the VRI grant. The IP ownership, licensing, and royalties will be negotiated during the application process.
VRI Granting mechanism does not provide any direct financial support. However, it includes unlimited free VRI research support. If you would like to conduct a large clinical study with relevance to human health, you will need to include high-quality tests that may cost approximately $1000 each, which may limit the size of your study. With a VRI grant, you can include hundreds of participants and obtain clinical-grade data from multiple sites for free. For example, if VRI performs the stool, blood, and saliva tests on 300 participants at two time points, that makes VRI’s grant value of $1,800,000 USD.

The process of obtaining a VRI grant

Eligibility

Any organization in the World, commercial, educational, non-profit, etc.
You must have regulatory approvals to send human specimens to VRI laboratories in the USA.
Only proposals to conduct research on human subjects will be considered. Animal or in vitro research will not be considered.
Only proposals with a clear commercialization path will be considered.
Only projects that include a large number (>100) of study participants will be considered.

Pre-proposal Submission

Thank you for submitting your pre-proposal.

You will be contacted within two weeks if you are considered for a full application.