UK-China Antimicrobial Resistance workshop

Date: 04/09/2017

Antimicrobial resistance is an increasingly serious threat to global public and animal health. Research Councils UK (RCUK), the strategic partnership of the UK's seven Research Councils, and the National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC) have announced they will shortly be launching the UK-China Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) Centre Partnerships Initiative under the umbrella of the Newton Fund. To explore opportunities for collaboration between the two countries on this topic, the partners will be holding a workshop in China on w/c 20 November.

Workshop opportunity and pre-call announcement (PDF, 74KB)

The workshop agenda will include time for networking and sharing information about UK and Chinese research expertise and areas of interests, as well as visits to leading research centres. The call that will follow the workshop will be an open call for proposals. Following the workshop, RCUK will launch the call for proposals. This initiative will provide funding for collaborative, interdisciplinary centre partnerships focused on addressing the challenge of AMR in China with the aim of:

  • Supporting large-scale, interdisciplinary, collaborative research in AMR and specifically antibacterial resistance (ABR) in humans, animals and the wider environment in China.
  • Supporting the mobility and exchange of UK and Chinese researchers to enhance links between researchers in both countries.
  • Enhancing existing partnerships and developing new partnerships between the UK and China in the area of ABR.
  • Strengthening the strategic relationship between the UK and China.

Whilst often framed in purely medical terms, there is a growing recognition that arts and humanities researchers can help in the development of effective solutions to the problem of AMR. Beyond developing new and more effective antibiotics, there is a huge amount of scope for changing attitudes and behaviours that might prolong the effectiveness of current drugs. For example, new process and solutions to help human and animals avoid the kind of infections that might require antimicrobial treatment.

The funders are seeking applications to participate in the workshop from UK based researchers across all disciplines, including design, cultural and health humanities researchers. Applicants should not be limited by conventional perceptions: Researchers who are experts in a relevant research area but have not yet directly applied their expertise to AMR or working with China are eligible to apply. Those who do not attend the workshop will still be eligible to apply for the following call for proposals.

The Medical Research Council (MRC) is managing the application process for UK based applicants on behalf of the UK Research Councils and will provide travel and subsistence costs. More details on the workshop and how to apply can be found on the AMR program and MRC webpages. All Expressions of interest must be received by 16.00 on 19th September 2017.

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