JPIAMR Network Call on Surveillance

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.

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.

Information & application

This call is closed.

A startup workshop for all funded networks from the two transnational network calls launched by JPIAMR in 2018, JPIAMR Network Call on Surveillance and JPIAMR-VRI Network Call 2018, was organised in Amsterdam, The Netherlands in February 2019. The workshop report can be found here: Startup workshop report 2018 JPIAMR Transnational Networks.

Filmed interviews with some of the coordinators of the funded JPIAMR Networks can be found here: Discover the JPIAMR surveillance networks: Interviews with network coordinators February 2019

Funders

Belgium
The Research Foundation – Flanders (FWO)

France
French National Research Agency (ANR)

Germany
The Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF)

Ireland
Health Research Board (HRB)

Italy
Italian Ministry of Health

The Netherlands
The Netherlands Organisation for Health Research and Development (ZonMw)

Norway
The Research Council of Norway (RCN)

Spain
Instituto de Salud Carlos III

Sweden
Swedish Research Council (SRC)

United Kingdom
Medical Research Council (MRC)

Supported projects

Ten networks were awarded funding within the JPIAMR 7th transnational call: “2018 Network Call on Surveillance”. Each funded network received €50,000 to enhance resource alignment and efforts in the field of AMR surveillance. Click on the network titles in the list below to learn more on each network.

Innovations against antibiotic-resistant bacteria: New targets, compounds and tools

The primary aim of the 6th joint call of the Joint Programming Initiative on Antimicrobial Resistance (JPIAMR) is to combine the resources, infrastructures, and research strengths of multiple countries in order to address the identification and validation of new targets, the development of new therapies, and new tools for new treatments (including new antibiotics).

The goal is to foster multinational research collaborations to add value to, and to build upon, the research conducted independently at national level, as well as to work together to develop new and urgently needed therapies.

The call will only cover research tackling the bacterial pathogens and the resistances identified in the Global priority list of antibiotic-resistant bacteria published by the WHO in September 2017 with the addition of multi- and extensively drug resistant Mycobacterium tuberculosis.

It is expected that through international collaborations combining complementary and synergistic research strengths, this JPIAMR call will contribute to the urgent need to curb the burden associated with the most prioritised infections. It is also a topic area suitable to reinforce academic – industry collaborations. The participation of industry is encouraged. The results of the funded projects should have an added value to society as a whole, the public health and finances by closing knowledge gaps and discovering new therapies. Although stand-alone projects are fully eligible, links with other European or international research programs and initiatives in the field will be of added value.

Information & application

This call is closed.

Call text Innovations against antibiotic-resistant bacteria: New targets, compounds and tools (pdf 0,4 MB)

Funders

Belgium
The Research Foundation – Flanders (FWO)
Fund for Scientific Research-FNRS

Czech Republic
Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports

Egypt
Academy of Scientific Research and Technology- Egyptian Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research

Canada
Canadian Institute of Health Research (CIHR)

Finland
Academy of Finland

France
French National Research Agency (ANR)

Germany
The Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF)

Ireland
Health Research Board

Israel
Chief Scientist Office, Ministry of Health

Italy
Ministry of Health

Latvia
State Education Development Agency

Norway
The Research Council of Norway (RCN)

Poland
National Science Centre

Romania
Ministry of Research and Innovation

Spain
Ministry of Economy, Industry and Competitiveness – State Research Agency
Instituto de Salud Carlos III

Sweden
Swedish Research Council (SRC)

Switzerland
Swiss National Science Foundation

Supported projects

Ten projects were awarded funding within the JPIAMR 6th transnational call: “Innovations against antibiotic-resistant bacteria: New targets, compounds and tools”. The total funding amount was 12,8 M€. Click on the project titles in the list below to learn more about each project.

AMR Networks/Working groups

The call AMR Networks/Working groups sets out to assemble motivated groups of leading experts and establish Working Groups in order to enhance resource alignment and maximise existing and future efforts to combat AMR by pushing forward the conceptualisation of ideas.

The Working Groups will for example produce white papers, prospective views, guidelines, and/or best practice frameworks to identify key questions to be address or identify potential solutions to overcome barriers to antimicrobial resistance research studies.

Based on the priority topics identified in the JPIAMR Strategic Research Agenda, applicants are invited to tackle one or more of the suggested focal areas. Examples of questions within the areas are provided as a guide; however, those examples are neither mandatory nor limiting. Working Groups should be built with emphasise on what is needed at a National and International level to address AMR.

Suggested focal areas

  • Guidelines on use (Human & Veterinary) – Affordable stewardship
  • Surveillance in primary care
  • New anti-infective/ New adjuvant therapies / Alternative approaches
  • Evaluation of risk for generation of resistance in human setting
  • Rapid diagnostic tests
  • Role of environmental factors
  • Infrastructures/Biobanks available relevant to infection and AMR

Information & application

This call is closed.

Call text AMR Networks/Working Groups 2016 (pdf 0,6 MB)

A final workshop, Maximising Existing and Future Research Efforts and Resource Alignment to Combat AMR, was organised in Frankfurt am Main, Germany, in March 2018. The full workshop report can be downloaded here: Workshop report: Maximising Existing and Future Research Efforts and Resource Alignment to Combat AMR (pdf 1,2 MB)

Filmed interviews with coordinators of some of the funded JPIAMR Networks can be found here: Results from the 4th JPIAMR Joint Call “AMR Networks/Working Groups”: Interviews with network coordinators March 2018

Funders

Belgium
The Research Foundation – Flanders (FWO)

Canada
Canadian Institute of Health Research (CIHR)

France
French National Research Agency (ANR)

Germany
The Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF)

The Netherlands
The Netherlands Organisation for Health Research and Development (ZonMw)

Norway
The Research Council of Norway (RCN)

Spain
Instituto de Salud Carlos III

Sweden
Swedish Research Council (SRC)

United Kingdom
Medical Research Council (MRC)

Supported projects

Thirteen networks with approximately 160 partners were funded within the 4th JPIAMR Joint Call “AMR Networks/Working Groups”. Each funded network received approximately €50,000 to work on the development of different AMR policy recommendations and research strategies. Click on the network titles in the list below to learn more on each network.