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 will be holding 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. This initiative will provide funding for collaborative centre partnerships focussed on addressing the challenge of AMR in China with the aim of:
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 collaborations will include expertise spanning these domains.
In total, RCUK will make up to £8m available to support the UK nodes of 3-5 centre partnerships over a three year period. The UK contribution will be matched by NSFC who will support the Chinese component of the centre partnerships.
The call for proposals will be launched early in 2018, with a deadline for applications in the autumn, and projects commencing in early 2019.
The Newton Fund builds scientific and innovation partnerships with 16 partner countries to support their economic development and social welfare, and to develop their research and innovation capacity for long-term sustainable growth. It has a total UK Government investment of £735 million up until 2021, with matched resources from the partner countries. The Newton Fund is managed by the UK Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), and delivered through 15 UK Delivery Partners, which include the Research Councils, the UK National Academies, the British Council, Innovate UK and the Met Office.