The UK Research Councils, along with the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) and other UK funders, have been working together to identify a number of research opportunities and challenges focused on tackling the rise in antimicrobial resistance (AMR), aligned with four key themes.
They will shortly be announcing 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’.
The aim of the call is 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.
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 alongside further information about the call is available to view now.