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Antimicrobial Resistance in the Real World – Announcement of Opportunity: Research Grant Outlines

Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) in the Real World is a programme under the AMR Cross-Council Initiative. This call is co-funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), the Biotechnology & Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) and the Medical Research Council (MRC).

The programme will support two types of award; larger research grants and smaller, more focused, pump priming grants. This Announcement of Opportunity is for an outline stage for research grants which can be up to £1·5m (100% FEC) per project and up to four years' duration. The call for pump priming grants will follow in due course.

This programme aims to address the need for a greater understanding of the role of the outdoor environment and host microbiome in influencing the evolution, acquisition and spread of antibacterial resistance, and as a reservoir for resistance. The programme is restricted to antibacterials and resistant bacteria or resistance genes, of relevance to bacteria of clinical and/or veterinary importance. Research supported can be based in agricultural, aquaculture, wastewater and natural environments, the human and animal host microbiome, and also includes elements of the way people and human communities interact with the environment.

A town meeting, where applicants can discuss their proposals with the funders and potential collaborators and end users will be held in London on 11 September 2015.