Following a residential interactive workshop in India in early November 2017, proposals developed through the sandpit are now being invited.

Successful proposals will be jointly funded by the UK research councils and Department of Biotechnology (DBT), Government of India.

Under the joint initiative £6.49 million will be available for UK elements of funded proposals, with matched commitment from the Indian side. The intention is to fund projects of up to three years in duration, commencing mid-2018.

There will ultimately be two types of proposal enabled through this initiative:

  • Collaborative grants: a small number of multi-partner larger system-level projects aimed at understanding the functioning of various parts of the system, as well as the system as a whole, and which will thereby deliver the type of integrated output required for a step change in tackling AMR.
  • Small grants: are multi-partner, small and targeted projects that address specific research gaps in knowledge.

The maximum cost that can be requested is £2 million at 100% full economic cost (fEC) in UK costs. We do not expect significant variation between costs presented in outline proposals. All proposals should be highly interdisciplinary with a strong focus on real-world impact.  

We expect to fund proposals of three years duration, commencing between 1 June and 14 August 2018.

Applications must be from balanced UK-India teams, providing complementary intellectual input to proposals. Applications must have both a UK and an Indian principal investigator (PI) and these PIs should be the same PIs as on the outline proposal presented at the sandpit.

The Newton Fund

On the UK side, this initiative will be funded by the Newton Fund. The Newton Fund, known as the Newton-Bhabha Fund in India, builds research and innovation partnerships with 18 partner countries to support their economic development and social welfare, and to develop their research and innovation capacity for long-term sustainable growth. It has a total UK Government investment of £735 million up until 2021, with matched resources from the partner countries. The Newton Fund is managed by the UK Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), and delivered through 15 UK delivery partners, which include the Research Councils, the UK National Academies, the British Council, Innovate UK and the Met Office.

How to apply

ESRC will manage the application process for UK based applicants on behalf of the UK research councils.

The full proposal should be submitted to ESRC via the Joint electronic System (Je-S) by 16:00 on 9 January 2018.

Once the application has been submitted, there is an option to download it as a PDF. This should be sent by the Indian PI: 

  • by email it to DBT (sanjay [dot] kaliaatnic [dot] in) by 23:59 (Indian Standard Time) on 12 January 2018. These documents should be encrypted when sending to ensure data security
  • as a printed hard copy to DBT: Dr Sanjay Kalia, Room No. 814, Block 2, 8th Floor, Department of Biotechnology, Lodhi Road, New Delhi 110 003.

Call documents (full proposals - invite only)

Key dates

  • Deadline for submission of Expressions of Interest - 16:00 on 11 September 2017
  • Notify applicants of outcome of expression of interest stage - w/c 25 September 2017
  • Dates of Antimicrobial Resistance Sandpit - w/c 6 November 2017
  • Applicants informed whether outline shortlisted - w/c 13 November 2017
  • Deadline for submission of full proposal - 16:00 on 9 January 2018
  • Panel meeting - February 2018
  • Funding decisions announced - February 2018
  • Projects commence - June 2018