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Addressing the challenge of Antimicrobial Resistance in India

The UK Research Councils and the Department of Biotechnology (DBT) in India are pleased to invite expressions of interest to participate in an Antimicrobial Resistance 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 antimicrobial resistance (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. Successful proposals developed through the sandpit will be jointly funded by the UK Research Councils and Department of Biotechnology (DBT), Government of India.

Under the joint initiative £6.49 million will be available for UK elements of funded proposals, with matched commitment from the Indian side. The intention is to fund projects of up to three years in duration, commencing mid-2018.  

Within this collaboration, 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.

Identification of potential strategies to address the challenge of AMR will be important. Research undertaken must primarily benefit India to be eligible for this initiative; however research which also has wider benefits will also be welcomed.

Key dates (subject to change)

  • Deadline for submission of Expressions of Interest - 16:00 on 11 September 2017
  • Notify applicants of outcome of expression of interest stage - w/c 25 September 2017
  • Dates of Antimicrobial Resistance Sandpit - w/c 6 November 2017
  • Deadline for submission of full proposal - Mid December 2017
  • Funding decisions announced - February 2018
  • Projects commence - June 2018

How to apply

ESRC will manage the application process for UK based applicants on behalf of the UK Research Councils. Please visit the ESRC website for further information.

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