Joint Programming Initiative on Antimicrobial Resistance
 

Implementation of the strategic research agenda

Objectives

This WP is an essential and central component of the JPI’s short and longer term operational management
structure. The focus of WP4 is on delivering more efficient use of the Member States research efforts so as
to increase the efficiency and impact of European public research funding. For the Member States it is an
important task to reinforce coordination of national research programs, exchange of knowledge and knowhow,
and the sharing of resources. With this work package, new structures will be created to implement the Strategic Research Agenda and utilized as a potential iterative process for the JPI.

Description of work and role of partners

Task 4.1 Preparation of a catalogue of possible joint actions and funding instruments based on the results form WP 3 (M1 to M24)
(Task leader: JÜLICH; Contributors: ANR)

The task will identify potential joint activities for the implementation of the JPIAMR SRA, increase the value
of national and EU research funding by joint planning, implementation and evaluation of national research
programs. These will include, for example, the use of existing and new instruments, sharing and developing
infrastructures, and exchange of scientists. The catalogue of joint activities will be based on the outputs from
WP3, if applicable. Developing ways to implement possible joint research activities
Brainstorming meetings will be organized as satellite events of scientific meetings. During these meetings ideas, experiences and suggestions for potential joint research activities will be discussed, if possible in cooperation with other JPIs. The output will be prepared and resulting concept notes will be presented to the MB by the task leader. The concept notes will analyse different methods and methodologies for joint research activities and will be prepared in cooperation with the MB .These notes will be the basis for further discussion on possible joint research activities and the planning of possible workshops. During these workshops the ideas from the brainstorming meetings will be evaluated and further developed.

Prepare the catalogue of possible joint activities
The final catalogue of potential joint activities will be prepared on the basis of the above-described meetings and activities.

Task 4.2 Provision of tools and procedures for transnational activities and joint actions
(M1 to M18) (Task leader: JÜLICH; Contributors: ZonMw)

This task will explore the different options, processes and methodologies for the implementation of joint actions. This will take into consideration the framework condition guidelines for JPIs and experiences from existing JPIs.

Optimal use of existing instruments
The aim is to explore how to most effectively exploit existing initiatives such as ERA-Nets, Article 185, and
instruments of FP7 and those planned for Horizon 2020 to provide synergy and comple-mentarities with the
JPIAMR to maximize output and cost efficiency. Further, overlaps with existing initiatives (e.g. ERA-NETs) will
be analysed to identify potential gaps and priorities for joint activities.

Analysis of novel options, processes and methodologies for implementation of joint activities
Novel mechanisms for implementation of joint actions will be explored in this task. A task force will be formed
with experts from the SAB and MB. Based on the evaluation of feedback from existing questionnaire results in different ERA-NETs, the landscape and status quo of JPIAMR partner countries will be evaluated. A catalogue
of information (legal, technical, administration and finance) will be established for each financial instrument
identified. The aim is to find methods for joint funding activities (possibly in collaboration with other JPIs), either based on national programmes (virtual common pot), or through a true common pot. The findings of WP3 will be examined carefully. On the basis of the catalogue of potential joint activities, a workshop open to all JPI partners will be organized with the aim to deliver recommendations for the implementation of joint activities. These recommendations will particularly feedback to WP3 in order to facilitate the update of the SRA. Results of task 4.1 will be used and verified.

Task 4.3 Identification, design and implementation of suitable models to run joint activities (M7 to M36) (Task leader: JÜLICH; Contributors: ANR, NASR)

The main goal of task 4.3 is to identify models for implementation of joint activities (e.g. Joint infrastructure,
calls, etc.) by using the preliminary results of tasks 4.1 and 4.2. This will take into consideration the SRA, the
financial/funding terms agreed by all partners and the strategic alignment of the joint activities with existing
initiatives. The outcomes will be evaluated and the results will be made available to all JPIAMR participants.

Design, preparation and performance of workshops to define specific topics for joint activities and scientific
“needs”
The goal is to design and prepare workshops that serve to define specific topics for joint activities and scientific “needs”. This work will take into consideration not only the scientific and healthcare needs to develop new antibiotics, but the economic reality of drug development.

Commitment to respective joint activities and procedures, topics, timelines and documents
The task leader will approach JPI partners to commit to the participation in specific future joint activities and an agreed list of participating partners will be collated. All necessary agreements and documents concerning topics, timelines and procedures of the respective joint activity between all participating countries will be developed (in concert with task 4.2).

Call office for the defined joint activities and implementation of the activities
A Call office will be established in collaboration with interested partners, in order to administrate the agreed joint activities. The Call office will report to the MB. The necessary tools and guidelines will be put in place to support the implementation. An online submission tool will be made available through sub-contracting. The Call office will closely communicate with the participating partners on the state of play, communicate with potential applicants on the procedures and rules, control the implementation process, support the final decision-making process on funding and evaluate the procedure.