AMR capital funding

Resistance to all antimicrobials, and especially bacterial resistance to existing antibiotics, is increasing. It is now posing a serious threat to health both in the UK and globally and risks undermining the major improvements in medicine that have been achieved in recent decades.

In response to this public health challenge, in 2013 the Government published a five year UK AMR Strategy aiming to improve the knowledge and understanding of antimicrobial resistance (AMR), to conserve and steward the effectiveness of existing treatments, and to stimulate the development of new antibiotics, diagnostics and novel therapies.

In response to Lord O’Neill’s Independent Review on AMR, the Government set out a number of specific ambitions to measure progress on tackling AMR and also committed additional investment.

As part of this, on behalf of the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) the NIHR has launched an open competition to allocate up to £32 million of DHSC funding to provide capital investment including any associated costs for AMR research. Seed funding costs to cover initial pilot and/or scoping studies may also be included in the application.

The purpose of this funding is to support capital investment in buildings (including refurbishment) and/or equipment to strengthen UK-based capacity and capability in AMR research in order to: 

  • foster innovative approaches to tackling AMR;
  • develop a cadre of researchers with a breadth of skills and expertise relevant to AMR;
  • leverage external funding to undertake AMR research;
  • translate novel or existing approaches to managing AMR into benefits for patients and public health.

All NHS Trusts, Higher Education Institutions and not-for-profit UK research organisations (including the NHS and public sector agencies and research establishments) within the UK are eligible to apply.

Funding will be awarded for a two-year period starting on 1 April 2019. All funding provided to successful applicants must be spent by 31 March 2021.

Applications should be submitted through our Research Management System (RMS) by 6 December 2018 at 13:00.

Those who wish to submit an application should refer to the Applicant Guidance.

An FAQ document to support the Application Guidance is available. The final FAQs were published on 30 November 2018. 

Any enquiries should be made to or by phone on 020 8843 8048.