BristolBridge funding for AMR pump-priming projects - call now ended

Details of the final call (deadline was 19 April, 2017)

Applications are invited for our 5th and final funding call for short projects, to fund pump-priming research in the area of antimicrobial resistance (AMR), relevant to EPSRC, across the University of Bristol. We have funding to support short projects (3 months) to foster transformative research to combat AMR. 

Please note: As this is our final round, all projects will need to commence by the first week of June 2017 latest in order to finish by the end of the BristolBridge project (30 September). Project proposals will need to have a named Research Associate (Grade I) identified and available to start work. 

Pump-priming projects will be novel, high-risk collaborative interdisciplinary research projects, which would otherwise be difficult or impossible to carry out, with the potential of real impact in AMR. We aim to foster collaborations, support potentially transformative research, to assist University of Bristol researchers in developing future projects and grant applications in AMR. The panel will be looking for value for money so please tailor your project costs accordingly. The projects will be funded at standard EPSRC rates (80% of fEC including estates and indirect costs).

BristolBridge is organised into three Strands building on research strengths at the University of Bristol, aligned with the cross-council AMR strategy (it is not necessary to identify a Strand in your application):

  • Strand 1: Tools and techniques for assays, screening, diagnostics and developing novel antimicrobial compounds (led by Jim Spencer and Annela Seddon) 
  • Strand 2Innovative antimicrobial materials, smart surfaces and wound dressings to prevent infection, and new drug delivery methods (led by Michele Barbour and Sabine Hauert)
  • Strand 3: Development of AMR surveillance and intervention techniques (led by Katy Turner and Martin Homer)

Funding will provide up to 3 months of Research Assistant (Grade I) staff time and can provide consumables, facility costs, essential equipment items, travel, subsistence and accommodation for Bristol staff to visit collaborating centres.

Funding can also support travel, subsistence and accommodation costs for research visits to Bristol of external collaborators (but funds cannot be transferred out of the University of Bristol to other institutions), as well as  supporting visits by invited speakers for seminars, as long as they are relevant to AMR in the physical sciences domain.

All applications should outline the proposed work and justify the resources requested, using a specific application form (available when the call is announced) and include a copy of the fEC costing summary.

Eligible applicants 

The Principal Investigator must be a member of the University of Bristol. Co-investigators may be external, for instance at other universities, charities, healthcare organisations or in industry. Funding allows for external collaboration but the funds cannot be awarded/transferred to external collaborating partners.

Members of the selection panel can apply for funding, but will be excluded from the review and decision-making process. 

Selection panel

The selection panel comprises: Adrian Mulholland (Chemistry, Chair), Jeremy Tavaré (Director, Elizabeth Blackwell Institute for Health Research, Deputy Chair), Matthew Avison (Cellular and Molecular Medicine), Jim Spencer (Cellular and Molecular Medicine), Sabine Hauert (Engineering Maths and Bristol Robotics Lab), Martin Homer (Engineering Maths), Michele Barbour (Oral and Dental Sciences), Annela Seddon (Physics), Katy Turner (Schools of Veterinary Sciences and Social and Community Medicine), Claire Spreadbury (BristolBridge Manager and Research Facilitator; non voting role).   

Selection criteria 

Applications will be judged against the following criteria and fit to the EPSRC 'Bridging the Gaps' philosophy:

  • Clearly articulated goal that addresses an unmet need in respect to AMR
  • Interdisciplinary science with an integrated physical science, engineering, mathematics or computational involvement
  • Priority will be given to new collaborations (e.g. particularly from BristolBridge brainstorming/networking sessions/World Cafe/Conference/focused workshops/workshops in Bristol Tackles Global Challenges week)  
  • Potential for impact
  • Potential for follow-on funding
  • Value for money

Outcome reporting

Successful applicants will be expected to report on the progress/outcome of their project through a short report and discuss their findings at an internal seminar or a BristolBridge event before the end of the BristolBridge programme in September 2017.

Outcomes and outputs will be requested via Researchfish (e.g. publications or follow-on applications and activities) and may be required to be reported for up to five years after the end of the BristolBridge funded project in keeping with EPSRC policy.

Application and submission 

For all scientific enquiries please contact Prof. Adrian Mulholland or the Strand leads. For all general enquiries please contact: Dr Claire Spreadbury, BristolBridge Manager, Tel: 0117 92 88486; Email: 

Please use the relevant application form for this call which can be downloaded here:Funding Application Form (5th round) (Office document, 136kB)

Please return the completed application form and the fEC summary to the above email address by 12 noon on 19 April, 2017. Thank you. 

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