Joint Programming Initiative on Antimicrobial Resistance


JPIAMR recognises that urgent action is needed to strengthen research collaboration, coordination, sharing of knowledge, data and other resources, amongst different sectors and geographies from around the world to address the challenges of AMR. JPIAMR has now established the Virtual Research Institute (JPIAMR-VRI) on antimicrobial resistance.

The JPIAMR-VRI is a dynamic network of AMR research facilities that will change the way resources are shared and used, and will ensure a closer, more coordinated and continuous dialogue amongst researchers as well as between funders and policy makers.

By connecting the global scientific community along the six priority areas of the joint JPIAMR Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda (SRIA), the JPIAMR-VRI will provide an unprecedented level of knowledge exchange, facilitate the analysis of knowledge gaps, increase capacity, improve coordination, implement breakthrough collaborative research and increase the visibility of the research performed.

By bridging borders and disrupting barriers between fields of research the JPIAMR-VRI will build a virtual “corridor” facilitating alignment of strategies, and the production and sharing of scientific evidence, for developing policy and guidelines to reduce to global burden of AMR.

The JPIAMR-VRI should be viewed as a Network of Networks, a knowledge hub, and a global platform with key principles that serve essential aspects to AMR research stakeholders.The European Commission asserts their support to both JPIAMR and to the establishment of the JPIAMR-VRI to promote alignment of national and European strategies.

The JPIAMR-VRI Key Principles

  • To provide a virtual corridor facilitating the generation of scientific evidence to develop public policy and guidelines, and translation into practice.
  • To facilitate and provide a platform for AMR researchers to communicate and coordinate research and other activities.
  • To reduce the duplication of efforts and leverage and synergise global efforts.
  • To have a strong international outreach to the numerous AMR Research Community Stakeholders through the member states of the JPIAMR.
  • To be able to mobilise new and existing resources through the JPIAMR.
  • To cover all essential areas of One-Health, amalgamating different sectors, research areas, professional expertise.
  • To address AMR as a global issue considering the needs and requirements of the AMR community in different geographical locations with various resources availabilities.
  • To foster multinational research collaborations to add value to and to build upon the research conducted independently at national level.

The JPIAMR-VRI is not a funding instrument in itself but will be eligible for JPIAMR funding programmes. It is not to be seen as an added infrastructure to existing country specific ones.

Added value and benefits of the JPIAMR-VRI

  • Find the right people/groups to create networks, (research) consortia, research ideas and spin-off ideas, etc.
  • Present oneself and remain visible and detectable as an expert or entrepreneur within the AMR field.
  • Easy access to AMR databases, collections, biobanks, research infrastructures.
  • Overview of ongoing and finalised research projects (mapping).
  • Overview of grant schemes/funding database (globally).
  • Early notification of (emerging) resistance problems and novel findings.
  • Promote/find scientific work (publications, protocols, best practices, guidelines etc.).
  • Promote/find workshops, symposia, conferences, summer schools, train-the-trainer etc.
  • Promote/find grey literature i.e. supranational/national (e.g. NAPs) reports with policy & research agendas.
  • Exchange and learn from best practices, guidelines, protocols, experimental models, etc.


The JPIAMR-VRI is an entity under the JPIAMR that requires a suitable governance structure to guide its activities. The governance of the JPIAMR-VRI lies with the JPIAMR Management Board, led by the JPIAMR-VRI Working Group (WG) lead by Canada and supported by the JPIAMR Secretariat. The JPIAMR Scientific Advisory Board and JPIAMR Steering Committee ensure oversight of positioning and alignment with the JPIAMR SRIA and the roadmap of actions for 2018-2024.

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