Joint Programming Initiative on Antimicrobial Resistance

 The call is closed as of July 4, 2018


This Network call aims to identify research community needs and develop ideas to form the foundation for the JPIAMR-VRI.

JPIAMR recognises a need to reinforce alignment of research. To promote this, the JPIAMR will establish a Virtual Research Institute in AMR (“the JPIAMR-VRI”) – a Global Network connecting research performing organisations, institutes, centres, and infrastructures.

The intent of the call is to form Networks of motivated groups to conceptualise and develop the JPIAMR-VRI. The Networks should identify research community needs, develop catalytic ideas and strategic plans to help bring the JPIAMR-VRI to Life!

Up to 21 Networks will be funded with up to 50,000 € each to connect experts from research performing organisations, institutes, centres and infrastructures and establish expertise clusters in the AMR community.

Note that JPIAMR Network calls do not fund research projects.


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

The JPIAMR-VRI will provide a platform to increase coordination, improve visibility of the AMR researcher base, facilitate knowledge exchange and capacity development across the globe, covering the full One Health spectrum.The JPIAMR-VRI is expected to:

  1. Connect AMR researchers across the JPIAMR priority topics in a One Health approach
  2. Build capacity and strengthen capability in AMR research
  3. Facilitate access to scientific information and infrastructures
  4. Bridge geographic borders in the research community through global reach
  5. Break practical barriers between geographies and fields of research
  6. Increase awareness and visibility of the issue of AMR and the importance of research in tackling this
  7. Encourage the use of scientific evidence to inform policy and guideline makers

Expected Outcome

Applicants are invited to form JPIAMR Networks that are expected to provide plans to develop the JPIAMR-VRI.

Suggested focal areas

JPIAMR Networks may tackle one or more of the suggested focal areas below. These examples are neither mandatory nor limiting. Network tasks should address needs at a National and International level, include Low and Middle Income Country (LMIC) aspects and consider the One Health approach.

Examples of Network focal areas could include, but are not limited to:

  • Develop blueprints on: strategic focus, governance, funding/sustainability, infrastructure, engagement, implementation, the unique selling point of the JPIAMR-VRI, and/or addressing innovative “out of the box” ideas.
  • Develop a Communication and Knowledge Translation Strategy.
  • Develop a Partnerships Strategy to ensure key stakeholders, including industry and policy makers, and other networks are engaged and coordinate the alignment of other funded Networks.
  • Develop a Strategic Action Plan on Training to identify opportunities for capacity building and strengthen capability, with a focus on young investigators.
  • Develop a plan for a Global Platform for data sharing (e.g. clinical samples/data, scientific information and infrastructures including libraries or catalogues)
  • Develop a Map of other funded Networks (e.g. current information on expertise, fields of interest, demographics, available technologies and resources)


May 14th, 2018 – Call for proposals open

July 4th, 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)

Eligibility & participating countries

  • Applications must be led by a coordinator from an eligible institution within one of the JPIAMR participating countries, see below.
  • A Network needs to have at least 15 partners from 10 different countries. At least three partners must be from the countries contributing funding to this call. It is also strongly advised to include at least one partner from a LMIC.
  • Individuals cannot act as Network coordinator for more than one proposal.
  • Members can be added continuously to the Network as it develops.
  • Each funding agency 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.
Participating countries

Consortia of eligible scientists to be funded by Canada (Canadian Institute for Health Research), Egypt (Academy of Scientific Research & Technology ASRT), France (National Research Agency ANR), Germany (The Federal Ministry of Education and Research BMBF), Italy (Ministry of Health It-MOH), 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 MRC).

Information and application

  • Call text. N.B. Updated version 2018-06-12 with minor changes regarding specific national requirements (Annex A). All specific information on the 8th call including:
    • Aim of the call
    • Application process
    • Submission
    • National contacts
    • Evaluation procedure
    • Partner search tool
    • Participating Organisations, National Rules and Requirements, and Funding
  • Application Portal: Applications should be submitted via the PT-DLR portal. Link to portal:
  • Proposal Application Form. The application form must be attached to the application in the application portal.
  • Pre-eligibility check form for Italian applicants.
  • Organisation template. Information about the organisation and representative of the organisation should be provided in the template. Applicants should attach a letter of support signed by an authorised representative of the organisation to the template and upload the file as one PDF.
    N.B. During the timeline of the applications (until the 4th July), only the letter of support from the organisation of the coordinator is mandatory, all other letters from the rest of participants should follow before Funding Decision is made (until the 10th September).
  • Partner Search Tool.

Contacts and guidelines

  • The JPIAMR-VRI Network Call Secretariat is hosted by the Italian Ministry of Health, It-MoH. All questions about the call should be sent to:
  • Spanish coordinators of JPIAMR VRI network proposals meeting the ISCIII eligibility will be invited to submit to ISCIII their documentation as partners between 5-12 July 2018 for being funded just in case of positive international assessment. In order to fulfill this requirement Spanish coordinators are strongly recommended to contact  ISCIII;
  • Quick guide for dissemination of the JPIAMR research projects results.

Download 8th Call folder