Joint Programming Initiative on Antimicrobial Resistance

The Information Systems Workshop was held on 5 February 2015. It focused on understanding the National Information Systems (databases) of the AMR European funding organisations.

The European Commission introduced the joint programming concept in July 2008 to support implementation of the European Research Area (ERA). The objective of joint programming is to ‘increase the value of relevant national and EU R&D funding by concerted and joint planning, implementation and evaluation of national research programmes. To this aim, national research efforts are crucial in order to make better use of Europe’s public R&D resources so as to allow tackle common European challenges, as it is the one presented by resistant bacteria (AMR).

In order to be able to reach and organize joint activities within a JPI, there is a need to gather information, generated within the JPI, but also generated by the different national programmes. The workshop ‘Information Systems’ served as a starting point for this. Additionally, the exercise will also contribute to the alignment of national strategies by associating resources through ‘sharing data’.

Ultimately, the goal is to have a database of foreseen projects in the JPIAMR evaluation framework however first it was necessary to analyse the Information Systems managed at national level, not at the level of the informatics but rather on the content and accessible capabilities. Gathering a comprehensive understanding of these information systems would, with respect to AMR funded projects, provide us information on

  1. which type of figures are stored at the different national databases,
  2. which means would be used to search for the requested entries of the database,
  3. which difficulties would the different funding agencies face to collect the requested data and
  4. how feasible would it be to propose/introduce upgrades in the systems that would allow the necessary harmonization needed to compare data, coordinate and align actions and support JPI AMR decision making.

With such a database, the JPIAMR would have enough information to help assist in decision making processes at a political level. In addition, it will contribute to the ERA objectives:

  • More effective national research systems
  • Optimal transnational cooperation and competition
  • Open Labour Market for Researchers (mobility)
  • Gender equality
  • Optimal circulation, access to and transfer of knowledge, including via digital ERA