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UK-China antimicrobial resistance initiative: Workshop and funding call

The Medical Research Council (MRC), the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC), and the National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC) are excited to announce that they will shortly be launching a call for research proposals focusing on antibacterial resistance.

The UK contribution to this call will be channelled from the Newton Fund. This is an initiative intended to strengthen research and innovation partnerships between the UK and emerging knowledge economies to promote economic development and social welfare of partner countries.The objective of this Newton Fund call will be to deliver significant 2-3 year research funding for internationally competitive and innovative collaborative projects between researchers from China and the UK that will allow the pursuit of shared research interests.

Before the call is announced the funding agencies will hold a joint workshop. This will take place on 24-26 November 2015 in Shanghai, China, with the aim of scoping and refining the call topic. It will also offer an exciting opportunity to bring UK and Chinese researchers together to further understanding of the antibacterial resistance research landscape within the two countries and provide opportunities for networking. Researchers who do not participate in the workshop will not be precluded from applying to the call.

It is currently anticipated that the call will launch in early December 2015 (following the workshop) with a deadline for applications in mid-February 2016.

Expressions of interest deadline: 6 September 2015
Workshop: 24-26 November 2015

Find out more at http://www.bbsrc.ac.uk/funding/opportunities/2015/uk-china-antimicrobial-resistance-intitative

 

Scope

The participating funding agencies have identified the following four areas for this upcoming workshop, which will then be focused for the call:

  1. Understanding the development of resistance, the epidemiology, and the transmission dynamics of antibacterial resistance within and between species
  2. Developing antibiotics and alternative approaches to treat and prevent resistant bacteria, and understanding the mechanisms of action and the use of antibiotics and alternative therapies currently in practise for both humans and animals. This would also include business models, economic and social/behavioural issues around treatment development and use
  3. Understanding behaviours in order to reduce the development, emergence and spread of antibacterial resistance within and beyond human and animal healthcare settings (this would include antibiotic prescribing but also broader public health approaches such as in hygiene and infection control practises in both human and animal settings. It would factor in barriers to behaviour change such as organisational and cultural norms, and financial incentives to prescribe drugs)
  4. What are the functions of formal and informal healthcare and veterinary systems and sources of health advice? What are their interrelationships? How can 'formal' systems draw on local, informal practices? Is it possible to provide universal access to appropriately regulated therapies? What is the supply chain for AM? Can the supply chain be mapped? What are the global and local incentives for supply and demand of antibacterials?

The above topics are subject to further development at the workshop and so the call text will be more focused as a result of this workshop.

 

Find out more at http://www.bbsrc.ac.uk/funding/opportunities/2015/uk-china-antimicrobial-resistance-intitative