GSL Receives SSHRC Partnership Grant

Minister Champagne has announced an investment of more than $175 million to support 809 social sciences and humanities research projects across Canada. This investment, through the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), supports research, research partnerships, and knowledge mobilization across a multitude of issues of relevance to global health. 

SSHRC’s grant will fund research through a GSL-led partnership on global strategies to manage the global antimicrobial commons in a sustainable, acceptable, fair and effective (SAFE) manner.

Dramatic increases in global antimicrobial drug use over the past several decades have fuelled the development of drug-resistant microbes that threaten health, food systems, and the environment. Rates of resistant infections are expected to increase from today’s 26% to 40% in 2050, costing an extra 140,000 lives and $120 billion in Canada and over 150 million lives and $81 trillion globally.

Due to imbalances in power and resource distribution between the Global North and South, the impacts of AMR are not equitably distributed. By 2050, AMR is expected to cause over 8 million annual deaths in Africa and Asia compared with approximately 700,000 deaths in Europe and North America.

Addressing a multi-sectoral, global challenge like AMR requires global strategies for managing collective resources that cannot be achieved by any one institution, country, or discipline alone.

Our partners in this project include research centres from  the International Network for AMR Social Science INAMRSS network.This partnership brings together the world’s 14 leading social science research centres that are focused on addressing AMR, whose members are diverse world leaders in economics, ethics, evaluation, evidence synthesis, gender analysis, law, political science, and veterinary science. 

Uniting international research centres, leaders and disciplines through a SSHRC Partnership Grant offers a unique opportunity to better understand and address the root social processes, structures, and power dynamics that drive AMR, beyond what could be accomplished by any one country, centre, or discipline alone.

This better understanding is critical to the world’s ability to take urgently needed action against this threat that will soon cause more damage each year than the COVID-19 pandemic caused in its first two years combined.

The complete list of partners is listed here: 




York University

Steven J. Hoffman

Mathieu Poirier

Mary Wiktorowicz

Susan Rogers Van Katwyk

Tarra Penney






Harvard University

Aaron Kesselheim


Uppsala University

Francesco Ciabuschi


York University

Adrian Viens


Boston University

Kevin Outterson

Muhammad Zaman and

Veronika Wirtz




Université de Genève

Stephan Harbarth


London School of Economics and Political Science

Clare Wenham


London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine

Clare Chandler


Ottawa Hospital Research Institute

Jeremy Grisham


Simon Fraser University

Kelley Lee


University of Ottawa

Patrick Fafard


University of Ottawa

Kednapa Thavorn


University of Copenhagen

Timo Minssen

Helen Yu


George Washington University

Lance Price


University of Cambridge




Read more on the partnership grant here.


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