Every year, the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) selects six research consortia for large-scale (20 M€) research on important topics. This grant scheme is called NWO Gravitation. This year, five of the six projects awarded involved Amsterdam scientists! Two projects were coordinated by the VU University, one by the University of Amsterdam (UvA), and in the fourth and fifth projects, scientists from the UvA and Amsterdam UMC were co-applicants. In this issue of Amsterdam Science, we interview two researchers involved in the Gravitation project “Microbial imprinting for crop resilience” (MiCRop). Harro Bouwmeester (UvA) coordinated this proposal and presented it to the selection committee together with Toby Kiers (VU).