2021 Small Research Grants / Career Development Awards – Call for Proposals

Antibiotic Research UK (ANTRUK) the world’s first charity tackling bacterial antibiotic resistance, invites researchers to apply for a grant under our 2021 Small Research Grants / Career Development Awards scheme. We 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 particularly encouraged to apply.

Basic Sciences Research

Whilst applications can be in any of the above areas, we would be particularly interested in applications examining AMR drug / drug combinations such as:
1) Antibiotic Resistance Breakers (see for example https://aac.asm.org/content/aac/63/8/e00769-19.full.pdf)
2) β-lactam antibiotics / β-lactamase inhibitors (see for example https://www.antibioticresearch.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/Wareham-et-al-Cefepime_sulbactam-paper-J-Antimicrobiol-Chemother-2019.pdf)
3) non-antibiotic alternatives for treating infections (see for example https://www.preprints.org/manuscript/202010.0280/v1)

Applied Health Sciences Research

Applications on any aspect of antibiotics, antibiotic resistance and antibiotic stewardship will be considered. We would be particularly interested in receiving applications on antibiotic stewardship programmes in primary care which bring healthcare professionals together in programmes to reduce antibiotic use.

The charity is also interested in feasibility studies to inform the establishment of an UK AMR register including perceived need, acceptability, custodianship, data sources, and data definitions and
ways of identifying UK patients with an AMR infection.

Grants can be applied for in the following areas:

  • Top up grants for PhD students. Monies could be paid for by the commercial arm of our charity ANTRUK Enterprises Ltd, an SME enabling PhD studentships to be converted to CASE studentships.
  • Small equipment / consumable purchases to support ongoing research
  • Seed funding for early developmental work or pilot studies
  • Bridging funding for postdoctoral fellows
  • Career development awards for young researchers

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 (https://www.mrc.ac.uk/funding/peer-review/guidance-for-peer-reviewers/scoring-matrix/).

The top scoring applications will be shortlisted and then prioritised by the Charity’s Grants Panel.

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Only applicants working in higher education and not-for-profit institutes and non-governmental organisations based in the United Kingdom are eligible to apply.

CLOSING DATE FOR APPLICATIONS – midnight Friday 28 May 2021.