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ISAC Project Grants 2024

Applicants can apply for up to £15,000.

Applicants are required to demonstrate that ISAC funds will be utilised for a clearly defined piece of research, which will have an identifiable outcome on completion of the work. At least one applicant must be from a low- to middle- income country.

Research projects should address one of the three following areas:

• What are feasible and effective prevention strategies to prevent transmission of (resistant) pathogens in low resource settings?
• What basic laboratory support does a healthcare system minimally need to tackle infectious diseases?
• How do we improve antimicrobial use worldwide to ensure it is delivered only to those who need it?


• Funding amount to be confirmed.
• Recipients will receive 50% of the grant in advance of the project and 50% on completion.

Project criteria

• Projects can last up to 24 months.
• 6-monthly updates are required.
• Funds can be used for staff or materials.
• At least two countries should be involved in the project of which at least one is from a low- or middle-income country.
• Awardees will be expected to present at an ISAC webinar and at the International Congress of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy.

Eligibility of applicants

• Principal applicant must be a member of an ISAC Member Society. Visit the website to see the full list of ISAC Member Societies. Any relevant society which is not a member can apply to join - find out more here. Once the society’s application has been approved, members can apply for Project Grants.
• The other applicants do not need to be a member of an ISAC Member Society.
• The principal applicant must be the principal investigator on the intended research.
• At least one investigator must be from a low- to middle- income country.
• At least two countries must be involved.

Reporting Results

• Awardees will be required to provide a written report within three months of finalising the project.
• Awardees to provide written updates every 6 months on progress (200 words).
• The final report should be a maximum of two pages (Arial, 12) with a 200-500-word summary for the website / ISAC Newsletter / society information page within both IJAA and JGAR.
• Manuscripts which result from the ISAC funded work must be submitted to either IJAA or JGAR in the first instance. A manuscript may only be submitted to an alternative journal if it has been rejected by both IJAA and JGAR. The grant is to be acknowledged in the appropriate section.

Application Process

To apply for a grant, applicants will be required to submit the following:
• An application form.
• Proof of Member Society membership.
• A Curriculum Vitae (one page) of the main applicants.
• Confirmation of the application from the Head of Department and confirmation that the Department has the resources required to undertake the project.
• Please send your completed application form and supporting documents to

Terms and Conditions

• International Society of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy to be acknowledged on all resulting publications and presentations.
• 6-monthly progress reports to be submitted to the ISAC Executive Committee.
• Research funds to be used for the project, as per the budget application only. ISAC does not support indirect costs to institutions.
• Budget must be presented in £ (GBP).
• Applications / reports to be written in English.
• Only one application per applicant per year.
• Grant applications will be assessed by a panel of independent reviewers / the ISAC Executive Committee, using a standardised scoring system.

 Download an application form here.

DEADLINE: 1 September 2024


See a list of previous awardees here.


We are delighted to announce the awardees of the 2023 ISAC Project Grants.

Frank Coenjaerts

Awarded project

"Unravelling the genetic diversity of Hepatitis-C in Suriname; a possible key to understanding disease clustering and achieving viral hepatitis elimination"

Frank Coenjaerts is Associate Professor at the department of Medical Microbiology of the University Medical Utrecht and Chair of the Utrecht Medical School Education Committee at Utrecht University, The Netherlands. In addition, he is a member of the Dutch Society for Medical Microbiology (NVMM), an ISAC Member Society.

He is an experienced Microbiologist, passionate in research targeting viral phylogenetics, replication and pathogenesis.
In the last decade, his broad interest in Microbiology and enthusiasm to share this knowledge lead to an appointment as Associate Professor Teaching. Consequently, teaching and the coordination thereof gradually replaced his research activities, but not interests. While teaching, he started realizing the benefits and power of adapting to interdisciplinary research techniques and searched for options to include these in his own teaching, as well as in the biomedical curricula he is connected with. This journey is still ongoing and brought him from Microbiology, via One Health toward Global Health. From here onwards, it is his personal ambition to take an active role in making our teaching standards available to students in resource-limited settings. He is a member of the core-team establishing the partnership between the medical faculties of Anton de Kom University (Suriname) and Utrecht University (The Netherlands).

Sandip Das Sanyam

Awarded project

"Improving antimicrobial use for the treatment of ocular infections in Nepal, informing prescribing practice"

Sandip Das Sanyam is a senior optometrist and a researcher, leading a research team at Sagarmatha Choudhary Eye Hospital, Lahan, Nepal, since 2019. He is a research project lead with 8 years of clinical practice and research experience. His research is mainly focused on microbial keratitis-led blindness and its prevention in Nepal, with the collaboration of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and the International Centre for Eye Health. Sandip is involved in project administration, clinical management, reporting, and publication, along with training activities and conference talks. He also serves as a member of the Institutional Review Committee of the Nepal Netra Jyoti Sangh, Kathmandu, Nepal.

The decision on which projects to fund was difficult – we received even more applications than in previous years and the competition was exceedingly strong.

But after careful consideration by a panel of experts, two excellent projects were selected which have demonstrable and achievable goals.

Congratulations to the awardees!

The next call for applications will open on 1 April 2024.

Details will be revealed on that date on this webpage.

The grants are exclusively available to applicants from ISAC Member Societies - if your society is not an affiliated society, find out how you can join for free here.


See a list of previous awardees here.