Grand Challenges South Africa: New Approaches to Characterize the Global Burden of Antimicrobial Resistance

The South African Medical Research Council (SAMRC), in partnership with the African Academy of Sciences and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, is pleased to invite proposals for a new Grand Challenge:  New Approaches to Characterize the Global Burden of Antimicrobial Resistance. The grants will be issued and administered under the banners of Grand Challenges South Africa and Grand Challenges Africa. 

Grand Challenges South Africa will provide innovation seed (up to R1,500,000/ $100,000) and full grants (up to R3,500,000/ $250,000) to South African investigators based in South African institutions. Grand Challenges Africa will provide innovation seed grants to all African investigators based in eligible African institutions.

The funders are inviting proposals from African innovators focusing on the ambitious but achievable goals of accelerating knowledge generation, developing and deploying interventions and innovations that will improve awareness of antimicrobial resistance, strengthen knowledge through surveillance and research, reduce infection incidence, optimise the use of antimicrobial agents, and develop the economic case for sustainable investment as well as defining the role of ecosystems, particularly the evolution of a microbial system shared by humans, animals, and other biological organisms, which will be critical to tackle current and future AMR challenges.

All applicants must submit their applications through the African Academy of Sciences Ishango Grants Management System. The SAMRC will contract and provide awards directly to successful South African Principal Investigator’s institutions. For collaborative projects, the South African Principal Investigator’s institution will subcontract with any co-Principal Investigators’ institution(s) to facilitate funds transfer.  

Key dates

Call Release Date
 29 March 2018
 Deadline for Investigators to submit proposals
 16 May 2018 (16:00 EAT)
 Panel Meetings
 August 2018
 Grants begin
 January 2019



Wednesday, May 16, 2018 - 16:00