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Towards globalisation of the Joint Programming Initiative on Antimicrobial resistance
Date de clôture : 13 avr. 2016  

 Horizon Europe

Topic Description
Specific Challenge:

The Joint Programming Initiative on antimicrobial resistance (JPIAMR) was established in 2011 to enable the participating EU Member States and other countries supporting this initiative to work together to address the rise in antibiotic resistance that threatens human and animal health. Throughout the past four years, the JPIAMR has proven to be an important tool for the establishment of a European Research Area in this field. The JPIAMR launched its strategic research agenda (SRA) in 2014. The JPIAMR is currently implementing this SRA via alignment of national activities and launching transnational research calls.

An immediate challenge for the JPIAMR is to move towards a global initiative. In this context, the JPIAMR should capitalize on the current momentum to take the necessary steps for securing its sustainability by Member States, to extend globally and mobilize the EU Members States which are not yet participating in the JPIAMR. A sustainable structure should allow the JPIAMR to progressively move from coordination to integration of national research activities, to further develop its visibility at global level, and to facilitate greater innovation to address AMR.


Proposals should support the development and extension of the JPIAMR capacities. In particular, resources should be used to:

  • Explore possible scenarios for long-term sustainability by Member States, implement the most appropriate scenarios to ensure full self-sustainability at the end of this project, and create political awareness for implementation. The proposal should also dedicate resources to develop and implement a dedicated structure responsible for the long-term JPIAMR management and implementation;
  • Extend the capacities of the JPIAMR to the Members States which are not yet participating in the initiative. For this purpose, the proposal should dedicate resources to develop a strategy to attract and raise awareness of the missing EU Member States. This should include identification of available national research and innovation resources in the area of antimicrobial resistance;
  • Attract global capacities towards JPIAMR and dedicate resources to implement its global strategy. This should include awareness raising and the development of a strategy to attract non-EU countries to join the initiative including low and middle income countries. In addition to this, the JPIAMR should play a key role in supporting the implementation of the WHO global action plan on antimicrobial resistance and the development of a global SRA.
  • Develop and implement current and new strategies for further coordination of national AMR action plans, research agendas and activities, and in particular for the take-up of JPIAMR strategies and policies at national level. This should clearly demonstrate the leverage effect of the JPIAMR. In this context, the proposal should dedicate resources to develop and implement initiatives for knowledge management, brokerage and transfer, as well as establishing collaborations with other initiatives or partners at European and global level;
  • Provide innovative strategies for the creation of infrastructures and tools to facilitate more rapid uptake of data and methodologies for research on antimicrobial resistance in the EU and beyond;
  • Facilitate building networks of industrial and academic experts to boost industrial innovation in the field of antimicrobial research in Europe in collaboration with IMI.

The proposal should not duplicate work already covered under the ERA-NET (HCO 11 – 2015). The Commission considers that proposals requesting a contribution from the EU of between EUR 1 and 2 million would allow this specific challenge to be addressed appropriately. Nonetheless, this does not preclude submission and selection of proposals requesting other amounts.

Expected Impact:
  • Reinforcing the JPI scheme as a major tool for the achievement of the European Research Area;
  • Implementing a stronger global dimension of the JPIAMR, aligned with the WHO global action plan on antimicrobial resistance;
  • Increased multiannual commitment of JPIAMR members, long-term sustainability of the JPIAMR research and innovation strategy, and long-term structuring effect and critical mass mobilization;
  • Achieving coordination and integration of national research and innovation programmes with the JPIAMR research strategy in coherence with Horizon 2020 objectives;
  • Faster international progress for research and innovation on antimicrobial resistance through the development of novel research tools and infrastructures;
  • Increasing efficiency of research and innovation investments by European Member States by avoiding duplication of research and infrastructure investment at national level;
  • Awareness and potential extension of the JPIAMR to missing EU Member States, as well as non-EU Member States;
  • Further establishing the JPIAMR as a reference for European and global knowledge and innovation platform in the area of antimicrobial resistance.

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