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UK-South Africa Antimicrobial Resistance Partnership Awards


The MRC and the South African Medical Research Council (SAMRC) have the pleasure of announcing a R9 million (approximately £520k) Newton Fund funding opportunity to foster innovation in addressing antimicrobial resistance (AMR). The research will be conducted through partnerships between South African and UK researchers, with the possibility of researchers from other countries in Sub-Saharan Africa also participating. The research must be led by and include work in the UK and South Africa, but can also include work in other Sub-Saharan African countries.

The ultimate focus of the call is to foster UK-SA collaborations and provide seed funding that will eventually lead to the development of innovations to address this global threat.

How to Apply:

This is an SAMRC led initiative and so applications must be submitted to the SAMRC. Applicants should therefore visit the SAMRC website for the full call details and guidance relating to how to apply.

Applicants should contact SAMRC with queries in the first instance; however, UK applicants with queries specifically relating to UK participation may contact:


Through this initiative it is envisioned that we will establish partnerships that are better equipped to seek funding through future funding opportunities. Proposals in the following areas are sought:

  1. New drugs for gram negative bacteria (E. Coli, P. Aeruginosa, K. Pneumoniae, A. Baumannii and E. cloacae) and TB.
  2. Rapid point of care diagnostics for any of the above pathogens (excl. TB)
  3. New technology innovations to improve surveillance. How can technology be used to improve and scale surveillance? We are seeking ideas that can scale across regions/countries.


The size of the partnership grants will vary according to the needs of the project; however, we anticipate supporting approximately 7-8 awards (approximately £80k per project in total).

The grants will cover direct costs including:

  • Travel to the UK and SA (to promote collaboration)
  • Travel within SA to establish research networks
  • Partnership activities; e.g. exchange programs (to promote collaboration) and workshops
  • Consumables
  • Visits/access to facilities
  • Other collaborative activities

The grants will not cover:

  • Salary costs
  • Indirect and estate costs
  • Items of equipment

For further information, please visit the SAMRC website.

The Newton Fund

The Newton Fund builds scientific and innovation partnerships with 16 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.

For further information visit the Newton Fund website and follow via Twitter: @Newton Fund