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Addressing the challenge of Antimicrobial Resistance in India

Antimicrobial resistance and specifically antibacterial resistance is an increasingly serious threat to public and animal health, as well as the environment. Developing, prioritising, and understanding the drivers of resistance is crucial to developing appropriate and effective responses. As part of the Cross council AMR initiative, the UK Research Councils and the Department of Biotechnology (DBT) in India are pleased to invite expressions of interest to participate in a funding Sandpit to build UK-India teams focussed on research to tackle Antimicrobial resistance (AMR).

The sandpit will be an intensive, interactive workshop which will bring together 40 academics from across the UK and India to produce highly innovative research proposals that will make a tangible difference to tackling AMR in humans and animals in India.  Projects will take a systems approach, seeking to identify the primary drivers of antimicrobial resistance in India, including the interplay between different factors, and potential solutions. Under the joint initiative £6.49 million will be available for UK elements of funded proposals, with matched commitment from the Indian side.

Vital to the success of the event will be assembling a diverse and multidisciplinary group of participants which will produce truly interdisciplinary, collaborative outline proposals. Applications to participate are invited from across all disciplines, including design, cultural and health humanities researchers, and should not be limited by conventional perceptions. Researchers who are experts in a relevant research area but have not yet directly applied their expertise to this challenge are eligible to apply. While prior knowledge of the challenges associated with AMR in India will be beneficial, more important will be an enthusiasm for cross-disciplinary research and a desire to apply current expertise to: 

  • Understanding microbial resistance from genomic through to cellular and host pathogen interaction levels in both human and animal hosts.
  • Understanding the interactions of resistant bacteria with the environment, including their release and spread. Here the ‘environment’ is seen in its broadest sense from host tissues to man-made settings and natural environments.
  • Understanding the economic and social dimensions of antibiotic use, prescription, dosage, and distribution in human health and livestock production, in order to develop effective intervention strategies.

The Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) is managing the application process for UK based applicants on behalf of the UK Research Councils. An Expression of interest form and more details on the sandpit can be found here. All Expressions of interest must be received by 16.00 on 11th September 2017.