Joint Programming – Antimicrobial resistance

Antimicrobial resistance is a global problem that concerns us all and even though it is often described as an emerging threat it is in fact already upon us. Currently, the European research on antimicrobial resistance is dispersed and show little collaboration between member states and associated countries. As shown by a recent mapping exercise within the joint programming initiative on antimicrobial resistance, JPIAMR, few countries appear to have a program addressing antimicrobial resistance; rather, countries are financing separate projects that have been selected in competition with projects from other research areas.

The aim of the JPIAMR is to integrate relevant scientific fields across national borders and to create a common European research agenda with a shared common vision. The need for this initiative is obvious – bacteria and other infecting agents know no borders and therefore trans-national cooperation is crucial. Joint actions are desperately needed and JPIAMR provides the forum and platform for initiating and coordinating these actions. The participating countries have been dedicated to the arranged activities, showing a great commitment to the success of the initiative. Together they have formed the first seed of a joint vision on how to combat antimicrobial resistance.

The joint programming initiative on antimicrobial resistance was officially started in September 2012. This collaboration currently involves 26 countries and has a main secretariat hosted by the Swedish Research Council in Stockholm, Sweden.

The concept of Joint Programming (JP) was launched by the EU Commission in 2008 with the aim to increase the value of national and EU research funding by joint planning, implementation and evaluation of national research programs.

Contact Swedish Research Council

Jan-Ingvar Jönsson, Secretary General, Medicine and health
Patriq Fagerstedt, Research Officer

The JPIAMR secretariat is hosted by the Swedish Research Council in Stockholm, Sweden.

secretariat.jpiamr@vr.se

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Updated: 2017-08-14