The Research Councils, along with other UK funders including the National Institute for Health Research are planning to announce a call for both smaller pump priming grants and larger collaborative research grants which will address theme four of the cross-Research Council initiative: ‘Behaviour within and beyond the health care setting’. This call aims to expand understanding of how behaviour impacts on antimicrobial resistance relevant to both humans and animals across contexts and cultures, and how it can be influenced to create different future scenarios. A broad definition of behaviour will be used and the scope of the call includes research relevant to the UK or global landscape and research of specific benefit to countries in receipt of official development assistance (ODA). Proposals should be highly collaborative, have a strong focus on real world impact and must be led by a UK researcher.
Proposals will be invited to address one or more of the following challenges:
•awareness and engagement
•public health as an alternative to the use of antibiotics: preventing infection and transmission
•informal markets and access to antibiotics
•stewardship and appropriate use of antibiotics
•behaviour as it relates to animals and AMR.
Full guidance on eligibility, closing dates and how to apply to the call will be published on the ESRC website in May 2016. A provisional timetable is shown below.
•Apply to attend the information and networking event (optional) – May 2016
•Full guidance on how to apply to this call – mid-May 2016
•Information and networking event – early June 2016
•Application deadline (pump priming grants) – July 2016
•Application deadline (larger collaborative grants) – September 2016
•Grants commence – 2017