Innovate UK competition for UK-China collaboration to tackle AMR now open

Posted on: 03/04/2018

Innovate UK has opened a collaborative competition to work with Chinese partners to tackle the growing threat of antimicrobial resistance. 

Innovate UK is to invest up to £10 million of Official Development Assistance (ODA) funding on behalf of the Department of Health and Social Care. The Chinese Ministry of Science and Technology (MoST) will invest up to 60 million RMB to fund the Chinese partners.

The competition aims to encourage innovative partnerships between business and academics in the UK and China to carry out novel projects that neither country would be likely to conduct, within the same timeframe, without the expertise of the other. These should result in new products and services to address antimicrobial infections in humans and in animals, providing that the infection being addressed constitutes a significant threat to human health.

For more information for UK participants on the scope, eligibility and how to apply for this competition please visit Innovate UK’s competition page.

For more information for Chinese participants on how to apply to this competition please visit the MoST competition site.

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Partnering Activities and Tools

In order to support potential participants from the UK and China to find partners to participate in this competition, KTN is hosting the following activities:


Partnering webinar on Wednesday 2nd May 2018 from 9.00 – 11.00 GMT

The partnering webinar will cover information about the competition, time for Q&As and a series of 3-minute pitches from participants from the UK and China.  For more information on how to register for the webinar and to request a pitching slot please click here.


Meeting Mojo Partnering Tool

This platform allows participants to search for and message potential partners in order to make initial contact and discuss ideas to participate in this competition.

Meeting Mojo also acts as a repository of relevant information that was generated during 2017 partnering events including Innovate UK’s presentation, AMR in human an animal health, IP among others. To register to use Meeting Mojo click here.


Other support:

For UK participants looking for support regarding this competition please contact:

For Human Health: Gabriela Juarez Martinez РKnowledge Transfer Manager, Life Sciences  (Pharma/MedTech)

For Animal Health: Callum Harvey РKnowledge Transfer Manager, AgriFood (Livestock and Aquaculture)

In order to facilitate discussions with potential partners in China, you can find the scope of the competition in Chinese here.

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