Joint Programming Initiative on Antimicrobial Resistance (JPIAMR)

As an alliance of international funders, the Joint Programming Initiative on Antimicrobial Resistance (JPIAMR) is dedicated to fighting the global threat caused by antimicrobial resistance (AMR) including antibiotic resistance. JPIAMR aligns the efforts of funders by working through joint transnational calls to address relevant AMR research.

Currently, 27 member states strive to win the fight against the societal challenge AMR poses today. Created as a European initiative in 2011 and functioning as a collaboration of international funders, the JPIAMR includes members from five different continents. By now, JPIAMR has invested €65 million in basic and exploratory research on new antibiotics, stewardship, as well as in studies on controlling the spread of antibiotic resistance. The JPIAMR is emphasizing the “One Health” approach in all activities and actions. Based on joint transnational calls, the ultimate aim of the JPIAMR is to join forces between scientists and other stakeholders, e.g. industry, policy makers, or health care systems representatives.

The German Federal Ministry of Education and Research plays an active role in the JPIAMR

Complementing its national and international engagements, the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) has funded 20 German projects in 15 transnational networks with around € 6.6 million in JPIAMR calls starting from 2015 to 2018. In 2019, 15 more projects will be funded with € 4.8 million. The BMBF participates regularly in the joint transnational calls of JPIAMR with a substantial funding , takes part in various working groups and the Steering Committee, and thus helps to shape the actions and direction of the initiative.

Guidance on AMR research

In its Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda (SRIA), the JPIAMR prioritizes topics and key areas in AMR with the support from experts in the field. As a point of reference, the SRIA can provide guidance for policy makers, researchers and the private sector for setting up own agendas and align them internationally.

In addition, a Virtual Research Institute (VRI) is currently being set up. Its aim is to connect research networks and research institutes/centres to implement AMR collaborative research which follows the “One Health” approach. By creating a virtual global network of researchers, facilities and infrastructures, JPIAMR establishes a dynamic network of AMR research facilities. It thus helps to build a network and connect the scientific community.