Antibiotic Research UK launches £200,000 small research grants programme to tackle antibiotic resistance

Emma Pickup Press Release

Antibiotic Research UK (ANTRUK), the world’s first charity tackling bacterial antibiotic resistance, launches its 2021 Small Research Grants / Career Development Awards scheme. This is the charity’s largest grants programme to date.

The charity will be awarding one grant of up to £50,000 and six grants of up to £25,000 each. Monies applied for can be spread over one, two or three years. Grants should focus on one of the following:

1) antibiotic resistance

2) new antibiotic therapies

3) health and societal impact of antibiotic resistance

4) antibiotic stewardship

Researchers who can provide matched funding are encouraged to apply.

Professor Colin Garner, Chief Executive, ANTRUK, commented: “These grants will fund essential research in both basic and applied sciences to help prevent another global pandemic, this time caused by antibiotic resistant bacteria. Supporting UK university academics in their research into antibiotics and antibiotic resistance is a key objective for ANTRUK, and we are delighted that the 2021 grants will be the largest yet for the Charity. We will offer up to 7 research grants to fund projects that will help save modern medicine through better antibiotic use and stewardship.”

All applications will be reviewed by independent external assessors as well as by members of the Charity’s Science or Education Committees as appropriate. ANTRUK has adopted the scoring system developed by the Medical Research Council for use by independent referees. The top scoring applications will be shortlisted and then prioritised by the Charity’s Grants Panel.

To apply please complete the application form found here and send the completed form, as well as any accompanying documents to Only applicants working in higher education, not-for-profit institutes and non-governmental organisations based in the United Kingdom are eligible to apply.

CLOSING DATE FOR APPLICATIONS – midnight Friday 28th May 2021


Notes to Editors

About Antibiotic Research UK (ANTRUK)

The world’s first charity and only charity focussed on tackling bacterial antibiotic resistance. The charity’s mission is to develop new antibiotic treatments, educate the public about resistance and provide patient support. Since its formation in 2014, the charity has funded research and supported academic groups in universities. They have also employed the country’s first Patient Support Officer focussed on supporting patients with an antibiotic resistant infection. The charity relies wholly on public donations and receives no government support.

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