Joint Programming Initiative on Antimicrobial Resistance

Strategic Research Agenda

In its formative period, the JPIAMR under the guidance of its Scientific Advisory Board (SAB) and international stakeholders, developed a Strategic Research Agenda (SRA). The SRA defined six strategic and scientific priorities required to reduce antimicrobial resistance, improving public health and wellbeing of populations and delivering economic and societal benefits.

The JPIAMR recognises that innovation is critically important in the field of AMR, as there is a strong need for new therapeutics, diagnostics, and innovative infection prevention and intervention measures. In 2018, the JPIAMR is refreshing its SRA to take account of recent research findings and extend the JPIAMR SRA into a Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda (SRIA). It is hoped that this extension will support the participation of the private sector in JPIAMR research projects, and aid in the monitoring and evaluation of innovation management in funded research projects. The updated pillars of the SRIA are:

  • Therapeutics: Development of new antibiotics and therapeutic alternatives and the improvement of current antibiotics and treatment regimens.
  • Diagnostics: Development and improvement of diagnostics to improve use of antibiotics and alternatives to antibiotics.
  • Surveillance: Optimisation of surveillance systems to understand the burden and drivers of antimicrobial resistance in a One Health perspective.
  • Transmission: Understanding and prevention of transmission of antibiotic resistance between bacterial populations and One Health reservoirs.
  • Environment: The role of the environment as a source in the selection for and spread of antimicrobial resistance. Interventions: Investigation and improvement of infection prevention and control measures in different One Health settings.


“It’s a worldwide concern that antibiotics, which have allowed us to treat previously deadly bacterial infections and save many lives, are now becoming less and less effective. It’s therefore crucial to immediately join forces under one research agenda to achieve a greater global impact.”
Herman Goossens, Chair of the JPIAMR Scientific Advisory Board 2012-2016.

Download the JPIAMR Strategic Research Agenda (2013)