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2019 Small Research Grants Scheme Winners – 2020 Small Research Grants Scheme Suspended


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2019 Small Research Grant winners announced

In 2019 Antibiotic Research UK (ANTRUK) the world’s first charity tackling bacterial antibiotic resistance had antibiotic research funding available for academic researchers. Researchers were invited to apply for a grant under our Small Research Grants scheme. The maximum sum per grant was £20,000. Monies applied for were spread over one, two or three years. Grants focussed on:

  1. Antibiotic resistance
  2. New antibiotic therapies
  3. Health and societal impact of antibiotic resistance and how it could be avoided

The following areas were considered for this antibiotic research funding:

  • Top up grants for PhD students. Monies could be paid for by the commercial arm of our charity ANTRUK Enterprises Ltd. This SME enables PhD studentships to convert to CASE studentships
  • Small equipment purchases
  • Travel for PhD students or junior lecturers to attend an overseas conference. Applicants must also confirm their abstract(s) are accepted for oral or poster presentation
  • Visits to other laboratories to undertake collaborative research
  • Support of small scale research projects
  • Consumable purchases to support ongoing research
  • Pilot studies

All applications were reviewed by ANTRUK’s Science Committee and / or Education Committees. External reviewers were also used. ANTRUK adopted the scoring system developed by the Medical Research Council for use by independent referees.

A shortlist of the top scoring applications was made and members of our Science Committee prioritised the applications. ANTRUK’s Trustees were asked to ratify decisions to award grants.

The winners of the 2019 Small Research Grant call are listed in the table below:

Dr Ishwar Singh University of Liverpool Evaluation of Bacterial Tolerance to Synthetic Teixobactins
Mr Chris Beaudoin University of Cambridge Inhibition of the Mycobacterium tuberculosis RecA protein
Dr Julia Hubbard University of Newcastle Enabling structure based drug discovery on the outer membrane protein LptDE
Professor Jamie Davies University of Edinburgh AntibioticDb database, and BPS/IUPHAR Guide to PHARMACOLOGY database, working together to create a powerful data resource for antibiotic pharmacology.

Congratulations to all the winners and thank you to all those who applied but were unsuccessful. We wished we’d had more funds available to disburse.

Please note that owing to COVID-19 and its impact on our income, the Small Research Grant scheme is currently suspended.