Funding Opportunities

Joint Pump-Priming Awards for AMR and Insect Pest Resistance in Agriculture with Brazil

BBSRC in the UK and the São Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP) in Brazil are pleased to announce a joint Newton Fund call for collaborative research proposals focussing on Anti-Microbial Resistance (AMR) and insect pest resistance in agriculture. Although this call is being managed by BBSRC, all disciplines are welcomed to consider how they might address the aims of the call. Closing Date: 6 December 2017 (16:00 GMT).

UK-Vietnam Partnerships for Infectious Disease Research Call

The UK Medical Research Council (MRC), and Vietnamese Ministry of Science and Technology are pleased to invite research proposals for the UK-Vietnam Partnership on Infectious Disease Research, through the Newton Fund. This initiative will provide funding for high-quality collaborative research projects focused on Infectious Diseases. Closing Date: 12 December 2017 (16:00 GMT).

UK-China AMR pre-call announcement

On 5 July, 2017, Research Councils UK (RCUK), the strategic partnership of the UK’s seven Research Councils and the National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC) announced they would shortly be launching the UK-China Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) Centre Partnerships Initiative under the umbrella of the Newton Fund. The partners will be holding a workshop for researchers on the week commencing 20 November in China to explore opportunities for collaboration in this area. Following the workshop, RCUK will launch the call for proposals.


Please contact the Strategic Research Office for help and advice on applying for funding.


Other funding to watch out for soon

Pre-call announcement Newton UK-India and China

If you are interested in the topic of AMR in India, research proposal ideas will be discussed in a ‘sandpit’ mechanism, a 3.5 day workshop in week of 6th November in India, location tbc. Expressions of interest in workshop are open for participating in this (contact This will be a precursor to 3-year grants starting summer 2018. This is administratively led by ESRC on behalf of the research councils.

The RCUK-NSFC AMR China Centre partnerships, which builds upon the 2015 China AMR Partnership Initiative, will provide funding for ‘centre partnerships’. Up to £8m RCUK contributions to be matched by NSFC. Can now register your interest in hearing about the call, including for an upcoming workshop (contact These 3-year projects are hoped to start in January 2019.

More Newton Funding

Watch the website – additional calls will be coming soon, including with Brazil. Includes AMR in agricultural settings, including resistance in farmed animals and crop pathogens. A workshop is planned for the autumn.

GCRF Hubs call

challenge led and outcome focused programmes of research to address specific currently intractable ODA challenge(s). AMR will be listed as one.

ISCF Funds

We were told that there may or may not be AMR in these UK Governent Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund initiatives which aim to bring together the UK’s leading research with business.

Prosperity Fund

This is a UK cross-government fund worth £1.3bn over the next 5 years, to support growth needed in ODA countries for poverty reduction to make development sustainable. The Prosperity Fund will provide expertise and technical assistance in areas of UK strengths. AMR funding is suggested to be included within this.

Department of Health funding

DH is funding AMR research in various ways. We were told further allocations are to be made from the Ross Fund and Fleming Fund. Framed as a ‘global health security’ issue, £477m of UK ODA, focusing on LMICs, with the aim of contributing to a ‘world safe and secure from infectious disease threats and promotion of Global Health as an international security priority’. The focus is on Prevention, Detection, and Response.


This is an international platform of member states trying to tackle AMR. Starting as a European initiative 4-5 years ago, it now includes Canada, India, Egypt, S. Africa and Japan. Their mission is to bring science and research to the front of discussions, to coordinate and to fund AMR research. Four more calls are now in the pipeline, including


  1. Networks/working groups call on surveillance (surveillance knowledge gaps to be addressed by JPIAMR Networks)
  2. Networks/working groups call on Virtual Research Institute (conceptualising a VRI)


  1. Joint Research of proposals call (new targets, new compounds, new tools for new antibiotics, addressing WHO priority list bacteria)
  2. Fellowship programme