Joint Programming Initiative on Antimicrobial Resistance
 

 The call is closed as of June 12, 2018

Aims

The overarching goal of JPIAMR research on Surveillance is to standardise, improve and extend surveillance systems on antibiotic use and on AMR in humans, animals, food, and the larger environment. Surveillance is a pre-requisite for assessing the success of AMR stewardship measures, infection prevention and control, and the effectiveness of new therapeutic and diagnostic options.

In this network call JPIAMR will support networks of leading experts with the aim to enhance resource alignment and maximize existing and future efforts to combat AMR by pushing forward the conceptualisation of new ideas with the field of AMR Surveillance.

Up to 21 networks will be funded with up to 50 000 € each under this call. Note that the JPIAMR network calls do not fund research projects.

JPIAMR

JPIAMR is a unique global collaborative platform that coordinates national funding and research to address antimicrobial resistance. The shared Strategic Research Agenda with a One Health perspective provides guidance for nations to align their AMR research nationally and internationally. To date, the 27 nations of JPIAMR have supported AMR research with funding of 65 million euro.

Scope of the call

Surveillance networks are essential to monitor the threat of AMR and guide public health policy. In order to understand antibiotic resistance, we must understand whether resistance genes are highly mobile and whether dominant pathogenic clones spread resistance globally. However, countries have different levels and methods of surveillance and many lack national reporting systems leading to major gaps in AMR surveillance and an urgent need to strengthen collaboration on global AMR surveillance.

The WHO GLASS Initiative is the first global collaborative effort to standardise AMR surveillance. GLASS is now working towards the integration of other surveillance initiatives on antimicrobial consumption and AMR in the food chain but surveillance activities that include data collection on the prevalence of antibiotic-resistant bacteria among healthy individuals and animals are also needed.

Applicants are invited to form JPIAMR networks that are expected to provide white papers, prospective views, guidelines and/or best practice/roadmap/systematic reviews and frameworks to identify key questions to be addressed or identify potential solutions to overcome barriers for AMR surveillance and the implementation of surveillance research studies.
JPIAMR networks may tackle one or more of the suggested focal areas below. However, these examples are neither mandatory nor limiting. Networks should address needs at a National and International level and encourage to include Low Middle Income Country (LMIC) aspects.

  1. Impact of surveillance on prevention, intervention, clinical practice, infection control, treatment and patient management.
  2. Surveillance of AMR in the healthy population: Risk factors; risk groups (e.g. migrants, travelers), reservoirs, and monitoring systems.
  3. Surveillance of non-human AMR reservoirs: Strategies, models, and technologies for tracing AMR in food, animals and the environment.
  4. Improvement and standardisation of methods.
  5. Quality assurance, curation and sharing data.
  6. Surveillance technology and tools: Optimization of methods for outbreaks, rapidly emerging clones, resource-poor settings and global coverage.
  7. Social networks, big data and deep learning for AMR surveillance and prevention.

Not within the Scope of the call

Networks are not expected to duplicate or create new open access systems (e.g. ECDC atlas, GLASS, European Health Information Gateway of WHO/Europe). It is important that the networks within the call are well-informed about ongoing activities in EC/ECDC, WHO, FAO, OIE. Research projects are not supported.

Eligibility 

  • Applications must be led by a coordinator from an eligible institution within one of the JPIAMR participating countries.
  • A network needs to have at least 15 partners from 10 different countries. At least three of the partners must be from three different participating countries. It is also encouraged to include at least one partner from a Low Middle Income Country (LMIC).
  • Individuals cannot act as network coordinator for more than one proposal.
  • Members can be added continously to the network as it develops.
  • Each funding organisation would potentially fund any high quality network, involving eligible participants, on any topic.
  • Networks may combine two or more topics into one application.
  • In the course of the JPIAMR peer review process, merging of related networks applying on similar and complimentary topics may be suggested.

Timeline

May 2nd, 2018 – Call for proposals open

June 12th, 2018 – Deadline for submission of proposals

September – Evaluation Meeting and funding recommendation to national funding agencies

December 2018/Early 2019 – Expected Network start (also subject to national procedures)

Participating countries

A Network can be led by a coordinator from an eligible institution within one of the participating countries: Belgium (The Research Foundation – Flanders FWO), France (National Research Agency ANR), Germany (The Federal Ministry of Education and Research BMBF), Ireland (Health Research Board HRB), Italy (Italian Ministry of Health), Netherlands (The Netherlands Organisation for Health Research and Development ZonMW), Norway (The Research Council of Norway RCN, Spain (The National Institute of Health Carlos III), Sweden (The Swedish Research Council VR) and United Kingdom (The Medical Research Council/United Kingdom Council of UK Research and Innovation, MRC). Other funding partners may be added until the launch of the call.

Information and application

  • Call text. All specific information on the 7th call. N.B. Updated version 2018-05-15 with minor changes regarding specific national requirements (Annex A).
  • Specific Requirements. All requirements and details from participating national funding organisations. N.B. Updated version 2018-05-15.
  • Application: You apply in Prisma, which is the application system used by the Swedish Research Council. If new user, you first need to create a personal account. Link to Prisma: https://prisma.research.se/Go/Apply/146437b3-d5f6-46e2-b312-a8ce0122f3c1 Note that call is not shown in list of open calls – You need to open the application through the direct link. You create your application in Prisma by filling in the text fields, uploading information from your personal account, and attaching the appendices requested.
  • Proposal Application Form. The application form must be attached to the application in Prisma.
  • Pre-eligibility check form for Italian applicants. For more information, see specific requirements.
  • Partner Search Tool.
  • 7th call folder.

Contacts and guidelines