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New funding to tackle antimicrobial resistance: behaviour within and beyond the healthcare setting

The Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR), Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), the Medical Research Council (MRC), the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) and the Veterinary Medicines Directorate (VMD) are inviting applications for cross disciplinary proposals on the topic of behaviour relating to antimicrobial resistance (AMR).

This call is specifically relevant to resistant bacteria of humans and animals rather than other classes of pathogens and other target species. They are seeking proposals which relate primarily to understanding or influencing behaviours relevant to antibiotics (either their use, or behaviour that might lead to their use not being necessary). Proposals that are also relevant to other classes of pathogen are permissible as long as the primary focus is antibiotics.

They will accept two types of proposal: 

  • Small scale pump priming grants - maximum of £250,000 at 100 per cent FEC for up to 24 months. These grants will be primarily for research relevant to the needs of Low and Middle Income Countries (LMICs).
  • Large scale collaborative grants - maximum of £2 million at 100 per cent FEC for up to 48 months. These grants will be open to proposals focusing on the UK or global settings.
The closing dates are:
  • Pump priming proposals: 16.00 on 20 July 2016
  • Collaborative grants: 16.00 on 8 September 2016*
* They request that those considering applying for a large scale collaborative grant submit an expression of interest (EoI) by 27 July 2016. 

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