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Call for transnational working groups within The Joint Programming Initiative on Antimicrobial Resistance

  • Status: Closed
  • Open date: 18 Apr 2016
  • Closing date: 6 Jun 2016 16:00 GMT+1
  • Type: Calls

The Joint Programming Initiative on Antimicrobial Resistance JPIAMR is pleased to launch a rapid action call for leading scientists and experts in the field to establish Working Groups to identify key questions to be addressed or to identify potential solutions to overcome barriers to antibacterial resistance research studies.

Brief information is provided below, but for full details on this call please see the JPIAMR webpage:

Focus of call

The focus of the call is for motivated groups of leading experts to establish Working Groups over a 6-12 month period in order to push forward the conceptualisation of key questions to be addressed or to identify potential solutions to overcome barriers to AMR research studies. The output of these Working Groups would be, for example, white papers, prospective views, guidelines and/or best practice/ roadmap/systematic reviews and frameworks.

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.



Focal areas

1.  Guidelines on use (Human & Veterinary) - Affordable stewardship

2.  Surveillance in primary care

Examples of questions:

  • What data are collected or need to be collected nationally?
  • What standard practices need to be/are being implemented at national level to ensure this data is comparable and useful at a multinational level?
  • What is the best practice for sharing this type of information internationally?


3. New anti-infective/ New adjuvant therapies / Alternative approaches

4. Evaluation of risk for generation of resistance in human setting

Examples of questions:

  • Would it be possible to build clinical trial designs to demonstrate reduction of AMR risk linked to a specific antibiotic / or perform retrospective meta–analysis to understand such a risk?
  • Would it be possible to develop new antibiotics by defining preclinical models to predict occurrence of AMR in animal and have a preclinical standard to compare various compounds / combinations?
  • Would it be possible to define an individual-specific risk of developing AMR – e.g. microbiome- related “resistome” and threshold thereof?


5.  Rapid diagnostic tests

 Examples of questions:

  • What are the challenges in diagnostic development?
  • What clinical sample collections are needed?
  • Is it possible to reach standardisation?
  • Are there options for diagnostic test validation – How to set up a EU platform for this?


6.  Role of environmental factors

Examples of questions:

  • What risk assessment models or experimental models could be developed to improve surveillance?
  • Would it be possible to define an environmental resistome threshold?
  • Would it be possible to define a set of tests for ecological impact of AMR / Risk of AMR?
  • Would it be possible to develop guidelines, methods and standards for surveillance of emergence and transmission of resistant clones and resistant genes from food and the environment to humans?
  • Are there criteria and models for human health risk assessment in environmental emergence and transfer of AMR? Would it be possible to suggest validation methods for such models?


7.  Infrastructures/Biobanks available relevant to infection and AMR

Examples of questions:

  • What infrastructures are useful, what information needs to be collected, how can it be standardised, etc.?
  • Would it be possible to propose best practice for sharing information/ knowledge, resources, and expertise across countries?
  • Would it be possible to offer guidelines on legal aspects for sharing AMR related research data?

Support and funds available

Up to €655,000 will be available to fund Working Groups under this call.

Each Working Group can bid for a maximum of €50,000 for support of its activities. 

Additional funding will be available for a Working Group to bid to organise the final and common review seminar. Funding will cover the costs of meetings and travel required to deliver the Working Group’s objectives:

  • Funding is expected to cover two small workshops, with further work to be undertaken through email, tele-, video- or web-conferencing.

This funding will not provide support for:

  • Direct research activities or equipment;
  • The salaries of tenured investigators, although funds to support an administrative co-coordinator for the activity will be permitted;
  • Student grants.


Applications must be led by a coordinator from an eligible institution within one of the JPIAMR participating countries; 

  • Belgium (FWO)
  • Canada (CIHR)
  • France (ANR)
  • Germany (BMBF/DLR)
  • Netherlands (ZonMw)
  • Norway (RCN)
  • Spain (ISCIII)
  • Sweden (SRC)
  • United Kingdom (MRC)


  • Only transnational Working Groups will be funded. To qualify for funding, each proposal must involve contributors from at least three of the above participating countries.
  • Experts from any country (JPIAMR or non-JPIAMR countries) or sector (academic, policy, industry) may participate in the Working Groups, including experts from countries that are not financial participants to the call.
  • Working Group members are permitted to be members of more than one Working Group, however, individuals cannot act as Working Group coordinator for more than one proposal.
  • Members can be added to the Working Group as the Working Group develops further and if additional experts and knowledge would benefit the Working Group output success.
  • Each funding agency would potentially fund any high quality Working Group, involving eligible participants, on any focal area. However, note that: ISCIII (Spain) will not fund a Working Group in focal area 6- “Role of environmental factors”, hence a Spanish expert cannot lead the Working Group, but can form part of the Working Group within this focal area.

Details for applying

The application form for this call is available on the JPIAMR website ( 

Applicants will be required to cover the following:

  • the rationale for the proposed activities, identifying a clear question to be addressed, and why the outputs will uniquely contribute to moving AMR research forward;
  • the objectives and mode of operation of the Working Group, specifying the work-plan and timeline for delivery;
  • the identity of the experts to be involved, specifying the leadership/coordinator for the exercise;
  • where appropriate, the identity of experts who will act as an advisory reference Group for the process to help validate the outputs;
  • project plan with expected outcomes and deliverables, including dissemination.
  • a breakdown of the budget request;

Call timeline 

April 18th, 2016 Publication of the transnational call for Working Groups
June 6th, 2016 (17:00, CET) Deadline for proposal submission
End of September 2016 Evaluation meeting and funding decisions 
December 2016 – early 2017 Working Groups expected to start
End 2017/ Early 2018 Working Groups expected to deliver outputs

Contact details

MRC details:

Ruth Kelly/ Ghada Zoubiane

Call Secretariat details: 

Amélie Vergne​

+33 (0)1 78 09 80 44

For further details please see the JPIAMR webpage: