The Global Probiotics Council (GPC), a committee formed by Groupe DANONE and Yakult Honsha Co, is to award two grants for research into the role of probiotics and gastrointestinal microbiota in health and disease.
Each Young Investigator Grant for Probiotics Research award is for $50,000 over one year.
Probiotics are linked with digestive health and their use is gaining momentum in the US.
The idea behind the awards is to contribute to the advancement of probiotics and gastrointestinal microbiota research in the US and to uncover critical mechanisms by which probiotics promote health.
The GPC also aims to attract promising, young researchers into this field of study.
Sven Thormahlen, executive vice president R&D, Danone Research, said: “We established the GPC to raise awareness of probiotics and their health benefits through science-based education.”