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Antimicrobial Resistance: The UK Action Plan

UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) have so far invested £44m into 78 interdisciplinary research projects into Antimicrobial Research (AMR) and with a new 20 year vision and 5 year action plan things are only set to increase.

With bacteria’s resistance to antibiotics increasingly spreading from one country to the next, antimicrobial resistance is now recognised as one of the most serious threats to human health this century. If things continue unchecked a 2014 AMR review paper estimates that by 2050 the cost of AMR could be up to $100 trillion and account for an additional 10 million extra deaths each year.

In response to this the UK’s Health Secretary, Matt Hancock, has announced a 20 year vision and 5 year action plan (2019 – 2024) with the intent to contain, control and mitigate antimicrobial resistance.

UKRI have committed £41m to support projects in partnership with members of the Joint Programme Initiative in AMR. To successfully deliver this research agenda the partnership will:

  • Support co-ordinated AMR related research areas.
  • Continue to influence global research strategies on AMR, ensuring alignment of UK-funded research, and emphasising the need for research to be useful for front-line teams.
  • Develop interdisciplinary networks and inform and develop interventions across all sectors.
  • Continue to develop the scientific capacity needed to support and deliver ongoing high-quality research in infectious disease, prevention and microbiology-related disciplines.

Both Matt Hancock and Theresa May have echoed the importance of this research and that it is pivotal it be conducted in a multidisciplinary and internal manor.

This is a summary of an article on which appeared on the MRC website. For the full article please click here.

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Ecology and evolution of infectious diseases (EEID): call for UK-US Collaboration

BBSRC, in collaboration with:

  • National Science Foundation (NSF)
  • National Institutes of Health (NIH)
  • U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)

has announced a call for collaborative projects involving researchers from the US and UK under the Ecology and Evolution of Infectious Diseases programme (EEID).


The funders wish to encourage high quality, innovative research conducted by inter-disciplinary teams of researchers. The research is expected to address international research priorities that will inform and impact on policy and practice, in particular:

  • For US-UK collaborative projects, the UK component must be within BBSRC’s remit (see our portfolio in related links)
  • The focus of US-UK uollaborative projects should be on understanding the transmission dynamics of pathogens of farmed animals or crops, especially (but not only) those that cause food-borne human diseases or vector-borne diseases (of animals or plants), or of trees in managed forests or the wider environment.
  • Collaborative proposals can include both research projects and research coordination networks. The UK component of the collaborative proposal must fit within our remit. 

For further information on the scope of the call, specific areas of interest and how to apply can be found on the NSF website. (see external links).

The EEID programme will contribute to the UK multi-partner programmes in:

  • Global Food Security
  • Living With Environmental Change

How to apply

Applicants should contact the main UK Programme Officer at BBSRC to discuss the remit of their proposal and to confirm that the UK component is appropriate and falls within our remit. Contact details are here:

Sadhana Sharma, Strategy and Policy Manager – Animal Health
tel: 01793 413099
fax: 01793 413234

Applications must be submitted via the NSF. Application preparation and submission instructions can be found on the NSF website here:

For UK Applicants: Costing for the UK component of the project should be entered on the Je-S system but Je-S form should not be submitted electronically to BBSRC at this stage.

The deadline for application is 20 November 2013. Further information can be found on the BBSRC website: