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South Africa-UK Antibiotic Accelerator Initiative

Request for Applications is now available on the SAMRC’s website - http://www.samrc.ac.za/request-for-applications/south-africa-uk-antibiotic-accelerator-initiative-request-applications

Deadline for applications: 5 September 2019 - 17:00 GMT+1

The UK MRC and South African MRC (SAMRC) are pleased to invite proposals to the South Africa – UK Antibiotic Accelerator under the umbrella of the Newton Fund.

This initiative will provide funding for high quality collaborative research partnerships focused on addressing the growing global burden of antimicrobial resistance, specifically antibacterial resistance in (South) Africa, through drug discovery.

In total, the MRC will make up to £2 million available to support the antibiotic accelerator over a three-year period. The UK contribution will be matched by SAMRC who will provide up to R24 million.


This call will fund an Antibiotic Accelerator comprised of UK- and South Africa-based researchers working on pre-competitive antibacterial drug discovery. It is important to note that:

  • This is an open call; applicants do not need to have attended the SA-UK AMR DD workshop or previously held a SA-UK AMR partnership grant in order to apply.
  • Full applications are conditional on having submitted an intention to submit.
  • The funding agencies will play a further brokering role in this call, after the intention to submit stage.

For support under this call, applicants must be eligible to apply for funding from their respective country’s funding agency:

  • For the UK, applicants must be from an RO eligible for funding from UKRI, as described on the MRC website.
  • South African applicants must be eligible for funding from SAMRC and should use the appropriate project code when submitting applications.

All proposals for this call must meet Newton Fund requirements. In particular, proposals must be compliant with Official Development Assistance (ODA) funding rules.

Principal Investigators (PIs) may only submit one application to this scheme as PI but may be involved in more applications if listed as a Co-Investigator.

Applicants with queries regarding eligibility should contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

View the complete Request for Applications