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Open & Upcoming Funding Calls 


*Internal Restricted Call Information for Cambridge Researchers: The University of Cambridge runs an internal selection process for calls where the number of applications per institution is limited. Contact the Research Strategy Office or Coordinator for further details on this process for any specific call. Potential applicants must ensure they are aware of any internal Departmental deadlines for approval by Head of Department before submission.


1 Feb 2018

Medical Research Council /Global Challenges Research Fund

Deadline EOI: 3 November 2017; full applications deadline 1 February 2018.

Funding aims to accelerate new treatments for bacterial infection by supporting collaborative projects that develop innovative approaches to the antimicrobial pipeline, with a focus on low- and middle-income countries. The total budget is worth £4 million, supporting two to four projects with grants worth between £1m and £2m each.





26 Jan 2018

Completed application forms should be emailed to to by 26 January 2018 latest.

To support early stage commercialisation of EPSRC-funded research. The maximum award is £60 000 (direct costs only). Further details and application forms can be found at

Any questions regarding the scheme arrangements should be directed to



26 Feb 2018

MRC/DFID African Research Leader scheme 2018

To strengthen research leadership across sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) by attracting and retaining exceptionally talented individuals who will lead high quality programmes of research on key global health issues pertinent to SSA. The African Research Leader (ARL) should be supported by an enthusiastic local research environment and by a strong linkage with a UK partner. 




30 Jan 2018 / 5 JUN 2018

Health Systems Research Initiative call 5 : Providing evidence to strengthen health systems in Low- and Middle-Income Countries (LMICs)


Research Grants : Outline Grant Call deadline 30 January 2018. Invitation to submit full proposals June 2018. £4m available for Research Grants under this call to fund 5-10 projects. 

Generate evidence on how to strengthen and improve health systems for people living in low- and middle-income countries. Use a health systems approach to inform the delivery of evidence-based interventions or structural changes. Proposals must demonstrate how interventions relate to and affect wider elements of a health system such as governance, financing, health workforce, information systems, service delivery etc.




31 Jan 2018

2017 MRC-KHIDI UK-Korea Partnering Awards

Deadline for applications 31 January 2018.

Fostering links between researchers in the UK and in Korea.




Tackling drug resistance: UK-China funding competition announced

Innovate UK

Next year will see a collaborative competition launched between the UK and China to develop solutions that address the threat of antimicrobial resistance. Innovate UK is to invest up to £10 million in UK businesses, on behalf of the Department of Health. The Chinese Ministry of Science and Technology (MoST) will invest up to 60 million RMB to fund the Chinese partners.

The aim is to support novel projects that neither country would be able to conduct within the same timeframe without the other’s expertise. These should develop new products or services against antimicrobial resistance (AMR). Where appropriate, they should include clinical evaluation.

Announcements expected January 2018




Upcoming 8 Feb 2018

UK-China AMR Centre Partnerships Initiative

Supporting large-scale, interdisciplinary collaborative research in AMR and specifically antibacterial resistance; 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 AMR; Strengthening the strategic relationship between the UK and China.

In total, RCUK will make up to £8m available to support the UK nodes of 3-5 centre partnerships over a three year period. The UK contribution will be matched by NSFC who will support the Chinese component of the centre partnerships.

The call for proposals will be launched early in 2018, with a deadline for applications in the autumn, and projects commencing in early 2019.





Joint Programming Initiative on Antimicrobial Resistance - EU Institution

Deadline: Not known

 Call has not yet been announced by funder. 

 The preliminary budget is €15 million.



Commission expert group – infectious diseases

Horizon 2020: Societal Challenges - EU Institution

Deadline: Not known

Call has not yet been announced by funder. 

 The indicative budget is worth €170,000.