Funding Opportunities

Wellcome Trust: Engagement Fellowships 2019

Wellcome’s Engagement Fellowships develop emerging leaders from a range of backgrounds so they can engage the public with health research. This year they are highlighting some areas of interest and are seeking applications (whether researchers, or from another sector) who want to engage people with future health challenges, including drug-resistant infections.

Please have click on the above link for further details. You can have a look at our previous fellows as well to get an idea of what others have done via this scheme. If you are interested in applying you will need to complete an application form, which can be found on our grant management system (Public Engagement Fellowships – full application). You will need to register on the system to be able to access the form.

Deadline for applications: 7th February 2019

JPIAMR Joint Transnational Call 2019

The Call on Diagnostics and Surveillance 2019 will fund joint transnational research projects addressing the development of diagnostic and surveillance tools, technologies and methods to detect antimicrobial resistance (AMR). Projects should address the diagnosis of AMR infections in clinical and veterinary settings, or the surveillance of AMR in humans, animals and the environment. The call promotes projects with impact in low and middle income countries (LMICs) in Asia and Africa.

Deadline for applications: 18th February 2019

WHO Call: Developing guidance for countries on an appropriate and useful antimicrobial resistance (AMR) monitoring framework

The purpose of this request for proposals (RFP) is to enter a contractual agreement with a successful bidder and select a suitable contractor to develop guidance for low – and middle income countries on monitoring progress in addressing antimicrobial resistance (AMR) in a pragmatic and sustainable way. This should include the creative use of existing and emerging data sets.

Deadline for applications: 15th February 2019

Parliament seeks experts in AMR and its links to antimicrobial use in animals

The Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology (POST) is Parliament’s in-house source of scientific advice. It recently announced they will be starting research on a policy briefing on Links of antimicrobial use in animals and antimicrobial resistance in human pathogens and invites experts and academics to contribute with literature, expertise or as external reviewers.
To find out more, follow this link


PhD studentships at MRC Unit The Gambia at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine Doctoral Training Program (DTP)

MRCG at LSHTM invites application for a PhD studentship from interested persons who are of African or UK citizens and meet the stipulated qualifications.

PhD title: “Effect of 2g of azithromycin given to women during labour on antibiotic resistance and mechanisms of gram negative bacteria”

Deadline for applications: 13th August 2018.  Candidates are required to submit completed application forms with supporting documents by email to Only short listed candidates will be contacted.


Announcement of Opportunity: Towards a Sustainable Earth – Human-Environment Interactions & the Sustainable Development Goals

The Towards a Sustainable Earth (TaSE) funding partners invite proposals to first call under the initiative, which aims to significantly improve our understanding of the complex interactions between people and the environment required to make progress in achieving the United Nations Global Goals (Sustainable Development Goals). Applicants are invited to submit multilateral collaborative research proposals comprising eligible researchers from a minimum of three nations represented by the funding agencies. Projects should be no more than £700,000 in total, with specific funding limits for each national component given in the relevant national annex, and a maximum duration of two years.

Expressions of interest deadline: 31 July 2018
Full proposals deadline: 14 August 2018


Global Challenges Research Fund Networking Grants

The scheme allows researchers from across disciplines and from developing countries and the UK to hold networking events, to forge new links and generate innovative transdisciplinary research ideas to address global challenges. We expect that these new networks will then be better equipped to apply for larger grants offered by the GCRF programme and other funding initiatives.
Deadline 8 August 2018


Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI): antimicrobial resistance (AMR) in humans

Organisations can apply to develop innovations that address the challenges of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) in humans. Strand 1 projects to last up to 12 months and have total project costs of up to £500,000 including VAT. Strand 2 projects to last between 12 and 24 months and total project costs of up to £2 million including VAT. All projects must start 1 January 2019.
Registration closes: Wednesday 22 August 2018 12:00pm


European and Developing Countries Clinical Trials Partnership (EDCTP) Calls for Proposals

The European and Developing Countries Clinical Trials Partnership (EDCTP) has launched its 2018 calls for proposals. These include large scale clinical trials in the areas detailed below:
Advances in product development for effective prevention, treatment and management of co-infections and co-morbidities
Diagnostic tools for poverty-related diseases
Strategic action for overcoming drug resistance in malaria
Strategic action for the comparison, selection and development of malaria vaccine candidates
Vaccines for diarrhoeal diseases or lower respiratory tract infections

Joint Global Health Trials scheme

The Department for International Development, Medical Research Council, National Institute for Health Research and Wellcome have announced the ninth call for proposals under this initiative to fund global health trials. The purpose of the scheme is to provide funding for the best proposals to generate new knowledge about interventions that will contribute to the improvement of health in low and middle-income countries. The funders particularly welcome proposals for research into chronic non-communicable diseases, including mental health and reproductive, maternal and newborn health.
The scheme funds RCTs, innovative trial methodologies and adaptive designs are welcome. In all instances, a clear justification for the chosen methodology must be provided and a clear reason for why the chosen trial design is likely to provide the most robust evidence to address the research question. For call 9, the joint funders would like to highlight an interest in funding complex interventions delivered in community settings including primary healthcare. Complex interventions must be implementable and scalable with comprehensive pilot data provided to support the proposal.
You can choose between two proposal types:

  • global health trial research grants
  • global health trial development grants

Please note the timeline for this scheme has changed. The deadline for trial development grant applications is 5 February 2019. The current call is only for the outline stage of the global health trial research grants.
Funder deadline for global health trial research grant (outline stage): 13 September 2018

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.



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