Funding Opportunities

AMR PhD students to join the Medical Research Foundation National PhD Training Programme in Antimicrobial Resistance research

This is an opportunity to join a cohort of 150 PhD students studying AMR at UK Universities (funded by any source, including overseas and self-funded students). The Medical Research Foundation has invested £2.85m (to date) to create a national training programme designed to help train new researchers to understand AMR in in a way that crosses traditional boundaries between research disciplines and sectors, and to explore ways of tackling AMR by developing a strong and active network of researchers with multidisciplinary skills who will be able to develop, undertake and, potentially, lead AMR research in the future.

Download an application form.

Deadline: 30 April 2018.


China-UK AMR Partnership Hubs 2018

The UK Cross Research Council AMR Initiative and the National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC) are pleased to invite proposals to the China-UK AMR Partnership Hubs under the umbrella of the Newton Fund.

Closing Date for investigators to indicate their intention to submit a proposal: 30 April 2018


Tackling drug resistance: UK-China funding competition

A competition has opened that will make up to £10 million available to UK academic and industrial organisations to work in a consortium with Chinese partners.

They are looking for projects which:

  1. explore opportunities from traditional Chinese medicine for the treatment or prevention of infectious bacterial diseases in humans or animals;
  2. advance the discovery of new agents to prevent or treat drug-resistant bacterial infection in humans or livestock. New agents could include small molecule drugs, vaccines, antibodies or other biological products;
  3. identify new agents that will increase the feed energy conversion in livestock. This should be done without use of antibiotics or hormones;
  4. use modelling and prospective and retrospective clinical studies to maximise the clinical utility of current antibiotics. Focus especially on those against drug-resistant Gram-negative bacteria. Projects must aim to improve the prognosis of patients with extensively drug-resistant infections; and
  5. improve capabilities for the diagnosis, treatment selection and surveillance of bacterial infections and antibacterial resistance.

Important information:

  • to lead a project you need to be a UK-based business of any size. Additionally, there must be at least one academic partner from the UK, one Chinese business and one academic from China in a project team
  • projects should last no more than 3 years
  • up to £750,000 is on offer per project on the UK side. On the Chinese side, funding of up to 5 million Renminbi will be made available
  • you could get up to 70% of your project costs
  • there will be a webinar for UK and Chinese bidders to find out more and to meet potential partners

Deadline: 6 June 2018


Newton Bhabha Fund Researcher Links Workshop grant supported by Royal Society of Chemistry and British Council

The grant aims to bring together early-career researchers from India and the UK to allow them to make international connections that can improve the quality of their research.

The focus is on research with relevance to the above areas at the Chemistry-Biology interface, the Chemistry-Materials interface and the Chemistry-Environmental Science interface.

The areas under Human Health category are: Antimicrobial resistance, neglected diseases, medical chemistry, bio-materials, HIV/AIDS, malaria, tuberculosis, neglected tropical diseases, child mortality, maternal health. Each proposal must have one Principal Applicant from the UK and one from India. Leading or Established Researchers as defined by the EC here can apply to be Principal Applicants.

Deadline: 8 June 2018, 4pm (UK time)


The School’s Small Grants Scheme provides up to £1000 for School staff and Research Degree students in any Faculty to plan and deliver public engagement projects about our research.For information about how to apply, including the Grant Application Form, as well as where to go for advice and support please log on to the School’s intranet.

Deadline: 15 June 2018, 5pm (UK time)


Antibiotic Research UK (ANTRUK) Small Research Grant

ANTRUK invites researchers to apply for a grant under our Small Research Grants scheme (maximum sum per grant = £4,000pa for up to three years). Grants should focus on 1) antibiotic resistance or 2) new antibiotic therapies or 3) health and societal impact of antibiotic resistance and how it could be avoided.

Deadline: 30 June 2018


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 held 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.

Network Call Pre-announcement – AMR Surveillance Network

JPIAMR will be setting up Working Groups, with the call going live, in 2018. Working Groups are motivated groups of leading experts funded in order to enhance resource alignment and pushing forward the new ideas of value to the wider research community. Working groups are coordinated by scientists from participating countries but open to international experts.


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.