The mission of MMPC’s Mouse Metabolic Research Program is to support the development and application of mouse phenotyping technologies to advance
microbiome-related research. A clear rationale for how/why the microbiome, such as gut microbiome, lung microbiome, etc, might be expected to impact
metabolic phenotyping endpoints in mice must be provided in each proposal. Although there is no requirement for direct collaboration with an MMPC,
expected project outcomes should have the potential to add value to the MMPC program.
An MMPC Microbiome pilot project must be focused on either resource-development research or
resource-related research. For example, resource development pilots might provide new tests or technologies that
could add to the MMPC test catalog, while resource-related research could inform best practices for MMPC services. Although applicants
can propose to utilize the resources and services of any MMPC to conduct their research, pilot funds are not intended to solely replace or
reduce fees charged for MMPC services.