Following our recent announcement on 25 June 2021 to complete an expression of interest for a second round of funding for the Commonwealth Partnerships for Antimicrobial Stewardship Programme (CwPAMS), we are pleased to confirm that the call for applications is now open.
Funded by the UK Department of Health and Social Care’s Fleming Fund and managed by THET and the CPA, CwPAMS grants will be extended to the previous African countries, Ghana, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia as well as four new regions including Kenya, Malawi, Nigeria and Sierra Leone.
A total of £10 000 – £20 000 each is available to existing and new partnerships for a period of 6-7 months and will begin from mid-October 2021. All activity must be completed by mid-May 2022 with final reports due by 1st June 2022.
With support from the Fleming Fund, National Action Plans (NAPs) on AMR, including AMS activities, have been developed in all countries. Complete World Health Organization (WHO) AMR self-assessment datasets are also available for all eight countries. This includes key findings on the progress with their NAPs, Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) and AMS. Initiatives focused on surveillance of resistant organisms and already exist, but there is a vacuum when it comes to AMS. Partnerships should therefore place a central focus on AMS whilst incorporating and expanding the findings from other IPC initiatives.
As such, grants are available for projects focused on:
- Antimicrobial stewardship (AMS), including surveillance – mandatory;
- Utilising/developing pharmacy expertise and capacity – mandatory;
- Infection Prevention Control (IPC);
- Strengthening capacity of using clinical microbiology data
CATEGORY A: START-UP PROJECTS
Under this stream, grants of £10,000 – £20,000 for health partnerships new to CwPAMS will be awarded. Any health partnership, whether newly-formed or long-established, is eligible as long as the two leads have not previously been awarded a CwPAMS grant together.
CATEGORY B: EXISTING CWPAMS PROJECTS
Under this stream, grants of £10,000 – £20,000 will be awarded to existing CwPAMS partnerships to focus on initial steps that will pave the way for longer-term projects and build on previous work carried out.
THET will hold a webinar to run through the application process, project planning principles and the CwPAMS AMS assessment tool on Friday 30th July 11am (BST). This will also be an opportunity for applicants to ask questions about the grant call and application process. You can register for the webinar here. We strongly recommend that you attend to gain clarity on the application process or alternatively
To read more about the process and download the application form, visit: https://www.thet.org/our-work/grants/cwpams/cwpams-call-documents
Closing date for submissions is noon (BST) on Thursday 2nd September 2021. Applications received after this date will not be considered.