What we’re funding

The Australian Government will invest $5.9 million in research to help tackle the threat of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) in aged care facilities.

Desired outcomes

The purpose of this research funding is to:

  • better understand the impact patient movement has on AMR in residential aged care facility settings
  • develop new methods and approaches to prevent, detect and respond to AMR.

Key elements

This funding supports research into:

  • addressing knowledge gaps on antimicrobial resistance in residential aged care facilities
  • novel technologies to explore the use of whole genome sequencing of bacteria to determine resistance profiles and how they change in response to different treatments and behaviours
  • accelerated development of new interventions and approaches to prevent, detect and respond to resistance.

Why it’s important

  • Antimicrobial resistance is an increasing problem in Australia and world wide.
  • There are few remaining treatment options for some infections.
  • New research investment is needed to ensure existing antimicrobials are still effective and we develop new treatment options.

How to apply

Applications for this program closed in October 2017. View a list of grants awarded under the program.

Successful Grant Recipients

The information below is correct as at August 2018. 

The applications listed were approved for funding from the Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF) Tackling Antimicrobial Resistance Program to commence in 2018.

Last updated: 
31 August 2018