Funding calls | July & September, & beyond
Ongoing and upcoming research funding in AMR was summarised at last week’s Research Councils UK meeting on AMR at Heathrow. The meeting also served as a networking event for those engaged with AMR research across a range of disciplines, as covered by the seven research councils involved in the cross-council Tackling AMR Initiative.
Regarding funding, we were told that there will continue to be funding for AMR research for some time. The nature of the research in AMR is becoming more collaborative and this is what they are keen to fund in a lot of new initiatives, but in addition we should also apply for funding AMR projects through response mode funding from single research councils too. They emphasised that AMR is a priority area so they are open to good applications not just through AMR-specific routes.
Joint Global Health Trials scheme – call 8
This DfID, NIHR, MRC and Wellcome Trust funding call is for interventional research to address any major health related problem in LMICs (defined by the World Bank’s DAC criteria). The call text highlights an interest in funding complex interventions delivered I community settings including in primary health care. Proposals can be for research grants or development grants. The call closes on 14th September 2017.
Newton Funding Announcements
Launched in 2014, the Newton Fund uses science and innovation partnerships to promote economic development and social welfare of partner countries. The Newton Fund is part of the UK’s official development assistance (ODA). See here for a full list of Newton funding opportunities.
UK-Thailand Joint Initiative on Infectious Diseases and Non-Communicable Diseases.
This initiative has been launched under the Newton Fund. Under the initiative, the MRC will operate two separate calls that will run in parallel with one another:
1) The MRC-NSTDA infectious diseases call (which includes AMR, especially MDR-TB as one of four specific disease areas) total funding around £2m to be shared between approx. 4 projects; and
2) The MRC-TRF non-communicable diseases (NCDs) call.
The deadline for expressions of interest is 31st July, closing date for applications is 19th September.
UK-China, Philippines, Thailand Swine & Poultry Research Initiative
Deadline is soon: Call closes 13th July 2017
Global AMR Innovation Fund (GAMRIF)
Dame Sally Davies announced at the meeting a bilateral agreement with China which will be £10m delivered by Innovate UK on behalf of the Department of Health. The scope of the call will soon be on their website but will include Traditional Chinese Medicine evaluated for humans in combination with existing antibiotics; discovery of new drugs and vaccines for infections in humans and livestock; identifying new agents to increase energy conversion in livestock; optimise use of current antibiotics; develop tools for diagnosis, treatment selection and surveillance of bacterial infections in ABR. Register with the knowledge transfer network of Innovate UK to get more information.
Tim Jinks from the Wellcome Trust, head of the Drug Resistant Infection programme, did not announce any funding calls. He encouraged people to apply in the usual existing channels for AMR research, which is going to remain as it is eg basic science on AMR sits in the science division rather than under an AMR umbrella. Except for their CARBX (public-private-partnership) calls. But we should be aware that the Wellcome Trust intends not only to occupy a funder space in the AMR world, but also intervening with particular goals from their AMR group about epidemiology of DRI; New treatments; Accelearating clinical assessments; and Global governance systems. They are aiming to achieve a transformative impact on AMR through the delivery of a coordinated set of activities, with £175m funding from Wellcome to deploy on these activities.
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 email@example.com). 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 firstname.lastname@example.org). 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.
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.
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
- Networks/working groups call on surveillance (surveillance knowledge gaps to be addressed by JPIAMR Networks)
- Networks/working groups call on Virtual Research Institute (conceptualising a VRI)
- Joint Research of proposals call (new targets, new compounds, new tools for new antibiotics, addressing WHO priority list bacteria)
- Fellowship programme
Jobs | FIEBRE Research Fellow in Social Sciences (LSHTM)
Closing date: 17/07/2017
We are seeking to appoint an enthusiastic and capable research fellow in social science to join the FIEBRE study. The post holder will support the social science work in three countries in which the FIEBRE study is taking place. The post holder will ensure that the social science research undertaken in the three country sites are completed to a high standard and that findings are relevant to inform country and global decision making to address antimicrobial resistance. The role will be a part of a dynamic academic team in the Anthropology of Antimicrobial Resistance Group.
The ideal candidate will be have a postgraduate education, with a Masters and/or PhD in anthropology, sociology or a related discipline as well as experience working in public health in global settings. They will have substantial experience in all processes involved in carrying out qualitative research including protocol development, ethical approvals, training and piloting, carrying out fieldwork such as interviews and ethnographic observation, and in writing and dissemination of findings. Excellent analytical, communication, organisation and problem solving skills are essential. The post will be predominantly based in London and the successful candidate will be willing to travel, up to 30% of the time. The successful candidate will be able to use their initiative and demonstrate the ability to manage a busy workload and confidently multitask to meet deadlines.
Antimicrobial Resistance in a Global Context – A Cross-Council call in partnership with the Department of Health
Closing date: 11/07/2017
This is a £10m call under the Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) cross-research council initiative in partnership with the Department of Health. The call aims to support three to four interdisciplinary research consortia taking a whole systems approach to identify the burden and primary drivers of AMR and specifically antibacterial resistance (ABR) in Low and Middle Income Countries (LMICs). The consortia will contribute to the UK’s commitment to Official Development Assistance (ODA) and help identify, prioritise and understand the drivers of ABR in LMIC settings.
This call, which the MRC is administering on behalf of the partnership, has two stages, an obligatory developmental phase to provide seed funding followed by a consortia phase. As the challenge of ABR arises from a complex interplay between social, economic, cultural, ecological, historical, environmental, technical and biological factors, it is expected that proposals will need to draw on expertise spanning these domains.
Researcher Links Travel Grants UK – Israel (CLOSED)
The opportunity is open for early career researchers and medical graduates working in the UK or Israel wishing to visit the partner country to gain research or clinical experience. Fellowship projects must be in the following priority sectors: nanoscience, neuroscience, water science, agri-science, antimicrobial resistance (AMR) and cyber research. Fellowships can take between 4 to 24 weeks in duration. Fellows will be awarded £2,000 a month plus £550 travel costs. Deadline for applications: 13 June 2017.
UK – Israel Science Lectureships (CLOSED)
The opportunity is opened for senior researchers working in the UK or Israel wishing to take a lectureship visit in the partner country. Lectureship projects must be in the following priority sectors: nanoscience, neuroscience, water science, agri-science, antimicrobial resistance (AMR) and cyber research. These grants are offered as part of the BIRAX programme in partnership with the Medical Research Council UK and the Ministry of Science, Technology and Space, Israel. Lectureship grants will fund up to £2,000, subject to approval of the budget submitted. Deadline for applications: 13 June 2017.
The British Academy: Global Challenges Research Fund: Cities & Infrastructure (CLOSED)
The British Academy, on behalf of all the National Academies, has launched a new, competitive research funding call, the Cities & Infrastructure Programme, as part of the Global Challenges Research Fund. The Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) is a £1.5 billion fund announced by the UK Government to support cutting-edge research that addresses the challenges faced by developing countries through:
- challenge-led disciplinary and interdisciplinary research
- strengthening capacity for research and innovation within both the UK and developing countries
- providing an agile response to emergencies where there is an urgent research need
The call invites proposals from UK-based researchers across all academic disciplines within the social sciences, the humanities, engineering, medical and natural sciences, to develop and lead interdisciplinary, problem-focused research projects that address the challenge of creating and maintaining sustainable and resilient cities in developing countries, recognising the need to interweave mitigation and adaptation. The Cities & Infrastructure Programme will fund research projects geared towards producing the evidence that will inform policies and interventions aimed at improving people’s lives in fragile or conflict-affected states or in developing countries.
Jobs | WHO Technical Expert Group on Malaria Chemotherapy (CLOSED)
The WHO Global Malaria Programme is currently calling for applications for membership on the Technical Expert Group on Malaria Chemotherapy. Candidates must have excellent technical knowledge of malaria, scientific publications in peer-reviewed journals, and more than 10 years of experience in at least one of the following areas:
- Epidemiology and public health
- Clinical management – paediatrician /adult physician
- Clinical trials of antimalarial medicines
- Pharmacology and therapeutics
- Pharmacokinetics of antimalarial drugs
- Pathology and pathophysiology of malaria
- Guidelines development methodology