Dr. John Holdren, Assistant to the President for Science and Technology, Director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy
Last week, AADR attended an event at the White House announcing the launch of the National Microbiome Initiative (NMI). According to the fact sheet released by the White House, this initiative aims to advance understanding of microbiome behavior and enable protection and restoration of healthy microbiome function. The goals of the NMI are as follows:
- Support interdisciplinary research to answer fundamental questions about microbiomes in diverse ecosystems.
- Develop platform technologies that will generate insights and help share knowledge of microbiomes in diverse ecosystems and enhance access to microbiome data.
- Expand the microbiome workforce through citizen science, public engagement and educational opportunities.
The NMI launched a combined Federal agency investment of $121 million in fiscal year 2016 and 2017 for cross ecosystem microbiome studies. This funding includes an extra $20 million at the National Institutes of Health and $16 million at the National Science Foundation. The NMI also includes $400 million in financial and in-kind contributions that support the overarching goals of the NMI.
Dr. Wenyun Shi, Professor and Chair of Oral Biology UCLA School of Dentistry and Carolyn Mullen, AADR Director of Government Affairs
This past year AADR worked on behalf of its members with the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy to highlight the importance and value of the oral microbiome. As a result of our efforts, AADR Institutional Section Member The Forsyth Institute was recognized for its new commitment for oral microbiome research as part of the National Microbiome Initiative. Specifically, Forsyth will dedicate up to $100,000 per year for three years for pilot grant funding for novel microbiome projects. This multi-year commitment to invest in groundbreaking projects in its newly formed Host-Microbiome Center will provide funding to support exploratory or proof-of-principle studies for which no other funding sources are available. Such studies must have the potential to develop into full-fledged research projects that test new paradigms, and can lead to intellectual property, and NIH or other extramural funding.
In addition to the Forsyth Institute C3 Jian was recognized for its commitment of $75 million over the next 3 to 4 years to develop antimicrobials that correct microbial imbalances in many human diseases. The investment also includes C3J’s commitment to advance their lead microbiome program towards FDA approval for the prevention of dental caries in children, adolescents and adults. The NMI also included commitments from a number of educational institutions, including the University of Michigan, University of Pittsburgh, the University of California and many others.
AADR was extremely pleased to participate in this event and we look forward to working with the community to support provisions in the NMI.
For additional information:
Click here for information about the National Microbiome Initiative
Click here to read our press release
Click here to read C3 Jian’s press release