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BristolBridge: Bridging the Gaps between the Engineering and Physical Sciences and Antimicrobial Resistance. Second Funding call for short projects.

27 October 2015

Applications are invited for short projects to fund pump-priming research in the area of antimicrobial resistance (AMR), relevant to EPSRC, across the University of Bristol. Deadline 12 noon, 1 February 2016

We have funding to support short projects to foster transformative research to combat AMR. These 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.  BristolBridge is organised into three strands (see below) building on research strengths at University of Bristol, aligned with 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 2:  Innovative antimicrobial materials, smart surfaces and wound dressings to prevent infection, and new drug delivery methods (led by Michele Barbour and Richard Trask) 

Strand 3: AMR surveillance and intervention techniques (led by Katy Turner and Martin Homer) 

Funding will provide up to 3 months of research 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. The application should outline the proposed work and justify the resources requested, using the BristolBridge application form.

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), Matthew Avison (Cellular and Molecular Medicine), Jim Spencer (Cellular and Molecular Medicine), Richard Trask (Aerospace Engineering), Martin Homer (Engineering Maths), Michele Barbour (Oral and Dental Medicine), Annela Seddon (Physics), Jeremy Tavare (Director, Elizabeth Blackwell Institute for Health Research), Katy Turner (Schools of Social and Community Medicine and Veterinary Medicine), Claire Spreadbury (BristolBridge Manager and Research Facilitator).    

Outcome reporting

Successful applicants will be expected to report on the progress/outcome of their project through a short (one page) report and discuss their findings at an internal seminar or one of the Annual BristolBridge conference’s (as appropriate) before the end of the BristolBridge programme in 2017.  Outcomes and outputs will be requested via Pure (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. 

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. from brainstorming sessions)
  • Potential for impact
  • Potential for follow-on funding
  • Value for money 

Please return the completed application form to by 12 noon on 1 February 2016.


Further information

For all scientific enquiries please contact Adrian Mulholland or the Strand leads. For all general enquiries and an application form, please contact: 

Dr Claire Spreadbury

BristolBridge Manager and Research Facilitator

School of Chemistry

University of Bristol 

Tel: 0117 3941297


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