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South Africa-UK AMR Drug Discovery Partnership Hub Initiative - workshop

  • Date: 13 May 2019 00:00 - 16 May 2019 23:59
  • Venue: Cape Town - South Africa

The MRC and the South Africa Medical Research Council (SAMRC) will shortly be launching the South Africa-UK Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) Drug Discovery (DD) Partnership Hub Initiative under the umbrella of the Newton Fund.

The partners will be holding a workshop for researchers during w/c 13 May in South Africa to explore opportunities for collaboration in this area.

Following the workshop, the funders will launch the joint call for proposals. This initiative will provide funding for a collaborative partnership hub focused on drug discovery in the context of addressing the challenge of AMR in South Africa with the aim of:

  • supporting large-scale collaborative research in AMR DD and specifically antibacterial resistance (ABR) in humans
  • supporting the mobility and exchange of UK and South African researchers to enhance links between researchers in both countries
  • building capacity within AMR DD, particularly in the context of historically disadvantaged institutions in South Africa
  • enhancing existing partnerships and developing new partnerships between the UK and South Africa in the area of AMR DD
  • allowing the programme to nucleate a potentially global pre-competitive drug discovery consortium
  • strengthening the strategic relationship between the UK and South Africa.

In total, the MRC will make up to £2 million available to support the UK node of a partnership hub over a three-year period. The UK contribution will be matched by SAMRC who will support the South African component of the partnership hub.

The call for proposals will be launched in the spring of 2019, with a deadline for applications in the autumn, and projects commencing in early 2020.

The workshop

The UK-South Africa workshop will be an opportunity for UK researchers to meet with South African researchers in order to explore opportunities for collaboration in the area of AMR DD. The workshop agenda will include time for networking and sharing information about UK and South African research expertise and areas of interests, as well as potentially visits to leading research centres. The call that will follow the workshop will be an open call for proposals; applicants do not need to attend the workshop in order to apply to the call.

How to apply

Attendees will be expected to represent their collaborative group rather than their wider institution or individual interests. If space permits, up to two attendees will be invited per institution.

For each collaborative group wishing to be represented at the workshop, an expression of interest must be submitted, detailing the following:

  • a one-page cover letter outlining the interests of your collaborative group in collaborating with South Africa in the area of AMR DD
  • a CV of maximum two pages long, for the individuals wishing to attend on behalf of the collaborative group (maximum two UK attendees per collaboration)
  • a half-page biography for each of the proposed attendees, highlighting your professional interest in attending this workshop and your scientific expertise (please note, this information will be shared with the South African researchers)
  • a JPEG picture of each of the proposed attendees to be included in the briefing pack if successful in attending the workshop.

In selecting the workshop participants, the funders will seek to ensure attendees cover the breadth of AMR DD.

It is understood that collaborative groups may change during the development of research ideas and grant applications.

This invitation is for UK based applications only. South Africa based applicants will be selected via a separate process, managed by SAMRC. Applications are invited from UK based academics eligible to receive funding from UKRI.

Costs of the UK attendees will be covered by the MRC, which is managing the administration of this call.

Please submit expressions of interest and any queries to: International@mrc.ukri.org

The closing deadline for expressions of interest is 16:00 on Friday 22 March 2019.

We hope to inform you as to whether you have been selected to attend the workshop the week commencing 1 April 2019.

The Newton Fund

The Newton Fund builds scientific and innovation partnerships with 18 partner countries to support their economic development and social welfare, and to develop their research and innovation capacity for long-term sustainable growth. It has a total UK government investment of £735 million up until 2021, with matched resources from the partner countries. The Newton Fund is managed by the UK Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), and delivered through 15 UK delivery partners, which include the research councils, the UK National Academies, the British Council, Innovate UK and the Met Office.

For further information please visit the Newton Fund homepage and follow us on Twitter: @NewtonFund