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Open Funding Calls


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.

15 Feb 2018

European Research Council Consolidator Grants

European Research Council (ERC) Consolidator Grants are designed to support researchers at the stage at which they are consolidating their own independent research team or programme. ERC consolidator grants have a value of up to € 2 million and a duration of up to 5 years.
Eligibility: These grants are for researchers with over 7 and up to 12 years of experience since completion of their PhD, and a scientific track record showing great promise.

Funder Deadline: 15 February 2018

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. 

28 FEB 2018

Project grants

British Society for Antimicrobial Chemotherapy, GB

These support research projects of relevance to antimicrobial chemotherapy. Grants are worth up to £15,000 each over a maximum period of one year.

Maximum award: £15,000 Closes: 28 feb 2018 

16 Mar 2018

Academy of Medical Sciences Starter Grants 

Are you a research-active Clinical Lecturer looking to develop and strengthen your research?
Grants of up to £30,000 to cover the cost of research consumables, enabling research-active Clinical Lecturers to gather data to strengthen their bids for longer-term fellowships and funding. Round 19 is now open. The deadline for applications is 16 March 2018, 17:00 GMT.

Eligibility to apply you must: Be a research-active Clinical Lecturer (or equivalent eligible post for Veterinary Clinicians), Have a PhD or MD, Hold a medical, dental or veterinary undergraduate degree, Be within higher specialty training (except from GPs who may apply post-CCT).

Apply online using the Academy's online system. Guidance notes are available to download from the Academy's Starter Grant webpage. This scheme is run by the Academy of Medical Sciences with the support of the Wellcome Trust, Medical Research Council, British Heart Foundation, Arthritis Research UK and Diabetes UK.

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)

DFID-ESRC-MRC-WT 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.

07 Mar 2018 Final 14 Jun 2018


This is an international platform of member states trying to tackle AMR. Starting as a European initiative 4-5 years ago, it now includes Canada, India, Egypt, S. Africa and Japan. Their mission is to bring science and research to the front of discussions, to coordinate and to fund AMR research. Four more calls are now in the pipeline, including

Networks/working groups call on surveillance (surveillance knowledge gaps to be addressed by JPIAMR Networks), Networks/working groups call on Virtual Research Institute (conceptualising a VRI)
Joint Research of proposals call (new targets, new compounds, new tools for new antibiotics, addressing WHO priority list bacteria), Fellowship programme.

JPI-AMR are pleased to announce the publishing of the 6th transnational call for research projects for the JPIAMR within the ERA-NET JPI-EC-AMR.

The call targets research in the following topic:

Innovations against antibiotic-resistant bacteria: New targets, compounds and tools.

Fundamental, translational research, with the exception of clinical trials.

The Call is now open. Please visit:

Deadline: March 7 2018 (17.00 CET), pre-proposal submission; June 14 2018 (17.00 CET), full proposal submission deadline.



Upcoming Pre-call Announcement

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 Pre-call Announcement

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.

Upcoming Pre-Call Announcement

AMR Surveillance Network

JPIAMR will be setting up Working Groups, with the call going live, in 2018. Working Groups are motivated groups of leading experts funded in order to enhance resource alignment and pushing forward the new ideas of value to the wider research community. Working groups are coordinated by scientists from participating countries but open to international experts.

Upcoming Pre-Call Announcement

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.


More Newton Funding

Watch the website – additional calls will be coming soon, including with Brazil. Includes AMR in agricultural settings, including resistance in farmed animals and crop pathogens. A workshop is planned for the autumn.