The aim of this programme is to support and enable UK researchers to carry out unique research, in collaboration with colleagues around the world, to improve our understanding of antimicrobial resistance.
Antimicrobial resistance occurs when pathogens such as bacteria, viruses, fungi or parasites stop responding to the drugs used to treat them. This makes infections harder to cure.
Antimicrobial resistance poses a challenge to human, animal and plant health, as well as to the environment. Overuse and misuse of antimicrobials has led to a worldwide increase in antimicrobial resistance. This is resulting in an ever-increasing list of infections that are no longer susceptible to many commonly used drugs.
Urgent action is needed to stop the spread of resistance and speed up the development of new tools and treatments to tackle antimicrobial resistance.