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Antimicrobial Resistance in India: Expression of Interest for Interactive Workshop


Research Councils UK (RCUK) and the Indian Department of Biotechnology (DBT) are inviting expressions of interest to participate in an Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) Sandpit. This sandpit will be a residential interactive workshop over 3.5 days in India in early November 2017 and will lead to collaborative research projects aimed at addressing the issue of AMR in humans and animals in India.

The sandpit will facilitate the formation of teams and development of outline proposals that will subsequently be developed into full proposals. The overarching aims of this sandpit will be to:

  • Build UK-India teams focussed on AMR research
  • Support development of truly interdisciplinary proposals, including those that take a ‘One Health’ approach
  • Develop outline research proposals that will make a tangible difference to tackling AMR in India.

The scientific scope of this programme is:

  • Understanding microbial resistance from genomic through to cellular and host pathogen interaction levels in both human and animal hosts
  • Understanding the interactions of resistant bacteria with the environment, including their release and spread. Here the ‘environment’ is seen in its broadest sense from host tissues to man-made settings and natural environments
  • Understanding the economic and social dimensions of antibiotic use, prescription, dosage, and distribution in human health and livestock production, in order to develop effective intervention strategies.

Successful proposals developed through the sandpit will be jointly funded by RCUK and DBT. On the UK side this will be funded by the Newton Fund with £6.49 million with matched commitment from the Indian side. The intention is to fund projects of up to three years in duration, commencing mid-2018.  

The UK-India partnership is transformative, helping change lives through research. And the RCUK-DBT AMR initiative is one example illustrating the growing UK-India research collaboration and its impact in shared global challenges.

The closing date for submission of Expressions of Interest is 16:00 on 11 September 2017

See here for further details.

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