Funding updates


European Antibiotic Awareness Day - 18th November

The European Antibiotic Awareness Day is an annual European public health initiative that takes place on 18 November to raise awareness about the threat to public health of antibiotic resistance and the importance of prudent antibiotic use.

The Health Research Board has recently received funding with other European partners as part of a joint EU and international research collaboration to tackle the global challenge of antibiotic resistance which will support Irish researchers that take a 'One Health' approach to antibiotic resistance.

Antimicrobial resistance is a global challenge which is beyond the capability of any one country to solve.

In support of research objectives in Ireland's National Action Plan on Antimicrobial Resistance 2017-2020, the HRB is part of the Joint Programming Initiative (JPI) on Antimicrobial Resistance (JPIAMR)   JPIs are designed to maximise use of Europe’s public R&D resources and to tackle common European challenges more effectively in a number of key areas.

JPIAMR is today announcing some advance details of their next research funding call, which will open in early 2021 - One Health interventions to prevent or reduce the development and transmission of AMR.  Further details are available at the link here.

The call advocates for a One Health approach to understand the impact of interventions on the development and transmission of antibiotic resistance and to design, implement, evaluate, and compare interventions that will have a true impact on preventing or reducing the development and transmission of antibiotic resistance in and between the different One Health settings (human, animal, environment). 

Twenty-one JPIAMR member countries will participate in this joint call together with the following organisations: ICARS, IDRC and SIDA.  The call will support research projects that also have the potential for impact in areas where the risk and burden of AMR is greatest, such as in Low Middle Income Country settings in Asia and Africa.  The estimated call budget is €24.9 million and is co-funded by the European Commission.

The ‘One Health’ concept promotes a “whole of society” approach which recognises that the health of people is connected to the health of animals and the environment. The goal of the ‘One Health’ concept is to encourage multidisciplinary collaborative efforts across different sectors such as health, agriculture and the environment to achieve the best health outcomes for people and animals.

The HRB has co-funded Irish researchers in previous JPIAMR calls with the European Commission.