New funding opportunity to fight antimicrobial resistance

June 25, 2018
Chickens in a bush.

IDRC / Bartay

InnoVet-AMR grants to support development of innovative veterinary solutions to reduce antibiotic use in food-producing animals.

IDRC and the UK’s Global AMR Innovation Fund (GAMRIF), part of the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC), are pleased to launch a global competitive call for research proposals to reduce antimicrobial resistance (AMR) in poultry, swine, and aquaculture animals.

This unique funding opportunity will support research on innovative veterinary solutions to reduce therapeutic and prevent non-therapeutic antimicrobial use by farmers in developing countries, with successful projects receiving up to CA$3 million for no more than 33 months.

The call is part of the InnoVet-AMR initiative, a four-year, CA$27.9 million partnership between IDRC and DHSC that is aimed at reducing the emerging risk that AMR in animals poses to global health and food security. Through InnoVet-AMR, IDRC and DHSC seek to:

  • support research that will identify innovative veterinary solutions, including vaccines, to reduce the inappropriate use of antibiotics in livestock and aquaculture operations in low and middle-income countries (LMICs); and
  • build effective partnerships to improve the coordination, discovery, development, and sustainable delivery of innovative veterinary solutions to reduce the use of antimicrobials in livestock and aquaculture operations in LMICs.

InnoVet-AMR is divided into two themes focused on reducing the use of antibiotics in the livestock (poultry and swine) and aquaculture (fish and shellfish) sectors in LMICs. The main goal of both themes is to develop innovative veterinary solutions that focus on product development to reduce the therapeutic (prevention and control) and non-therapeutic (growth promotion) use of antibiotics, while still protecting animal health and welfare.

In order to ensure that innovations are relevant, feasible, practical, and appropriate for uptake and use by farmers, veterinarians, and paraveterinary workers in developing countries, research supported by this fund will be expected to address and understand the local contexts and realities that drive antibiotic-use patterns on farms in developing countries.

Interested applicants must review eligibility and submission guidelines, available on the call page.

Proposals are due by September 12, 2018 at 11 am EDT (Ottawa); 3 pm Greenwich Mean Time.