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UK-China AMR Workshop

  • Date: 24 Nov 2015 09:00 - 26 Nov 2015 17:00
  • Venue: Shanghai

Workshop opportunity and Call Pre-announcement

The Medical Research Council (MRC), the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC), and the National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC) are excited to announce that they will shortly be launching a call for research proposals focusing on antibacterial resistance. On 24-26 November 2015, the funding agencies will hold a joint workshop in Shanghai with the intention of further scoping and refining the focus areas of the call. 

The objective of this Newton Fund call will be to deliver significant 2-3 year research funding for internationally competitive and innovative collaborative projects between researchers from China and the UK that will allow the pursuit of shared research interests.

Before the call is announced the funding agencies will hold a joint workshop. This will take place on 24-26 November 2015 in Shanghai, China, with the aim of scoping and refining the call topic. It will also offer an exciting opportunity to bring UK and Chinese researchers together to further understanding of the antibacterial resistance research landscape within the two countries and provide opportunities for networking. Researchers who do not participate in the workshop will not be precluded from applying to the call.


The participating funding agencies have identified the following four areas for this upcoming workshop, which will then be focused for the call:

1. Understanding the development of resistance, the epidemiology, and the transmission dynamics of antibacterial resistance within and between species

2. Developing antibiotics and alternative approaches to treat and prevent resistant bacteria, and understanding the mechanisms of action and the use of antibiotics and alternative therapies currently in practise for both humans and animals. This would also include business models, economic and social/behavioural issues around treatment development and use.

3. Understanding behaviours in order to reduce the development, emergence and spread of antibacterial resistance within and beyond human and animal healthcare settings (this would include antibiotic prescribing but also broader public health approaches such as in hygiene and infection control practises in both human and animal settings. It would factor in barriers to behaviour change such as organisational and cultural norms, and financial incentives to prescribe drugs).

 4. What are the functions of formal and informal healthcare and veterinary systems and sources of health advice? What are their interrelationships? How can 'formal' systems draw on local, informal practices? Is it possible to provide universal access to appropriately regulated therapies?  What is the supply chain for AM? Can the supply chain be mapped? What are the global and local incentives for supply and demand of antibacterials?

The above topics are subject to further development at the workshop and so the call text will be more focused as a result of this workshop.

Key Dates

It is currently anticipated that the call will launch in early December 2015 (following the workshop) with a deadline for applications in mid-February 2016.

UK-China AMR Workshop: Expressions of Interest

  • Date: 24–26 November 2015
  • Venue: Shanghai

On 24-26 November 2015, the funding agencies will hold a joint workshop in Shanghai with the intention of further scoping and refining the four focus areas.

The workshop also presents an exciting opportunity to bring UK and Chinese researchers together to further understanding of antibacterial resistance research within the two countries and provide opportunities for networking.

The following high level programme is currently foreseen:

  • Tues, 24 November: Workshop day 1 (full day) followed by reception
  • Wed, 25 November: Workshop day 2 (full day) followed by dinner
  • Thurs, 26 November: Visits to Chinese Research Institutes (optional)

How to apply to attend the workshop

The deadline for Expressions of Interest to attend this workshop has now passed.

MRC, BBSRC and ESRC invite expressions of interest from UK based academic experts who would be interested in attending the workshop in Shanghai, China on 24-26 November 2015. Reasonable travel and subsistence costs will be covered by the research councils.

There are a limited number of spaces available. We will therefore only be able to invite one academic per research group. When deciding which applications to select, funders will also take into account the spread of attendees by institution; attendees may therefore be expected to represent the wider interests of their institution as well as their individual interests. Having an existing collaboration with China is not a prerequisite for attending the workshop.

If you would like to attend this workshop, please fill in the Expression of Interest form (DOCX, 24KB) and submit to: international@headoffice.mrc.ac.uk

Please only submit an application if you are available on the dates above and able to travel to China.  Inability to attend the workshop will not preclude you from being able to apply to the call when announced.

BBSRC, ESRC and MRC will jointly agree which applicants should be invited to the workshop.  An equal proportion or attendees from each participating Research Council’s remit will be selected.

​​The closing deadline for expressions of interest is 6th September.

The Newton Fund

The UK contribution will be channelled from the Newton Fund. The Newton Fund is an initiative intended to strengthen research and innovation partnerships between the UK and emerging knowledge economies. It was launched by the Chancellor in April 2014, and will deliver £375 million of funding over the course of five years.

The Fund forms part of the UK’s Official Development Assistance (ODA) commitment which is monitored by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). ODA funded activity focuses on outcomes that promote the long-term sustainable growth of countries on the OECD Development Assistance Committee list. Newton Fund countries represent a sub-set of this list. For more information, please visit the MRC Newton Fund page.

The Newton Fund requires that the funding be awarded in a manner that fits with Official Development Assistance (ODA) guidelines. All applications under this call must therefore be compliant with these guidelines.