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French-German call for projects on antimicrobial resistance

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The French Ministry of Higher Education, Research and Innovation (MESRI) via the French National Research Agency (ANR), and the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) are launching their first joint call for projects on antimicrobial resistance (AMR).

The call enables French and German scientists to build an effective collaboration on a common research project within the field of antimicrobial resistance in human infections, implicating multiple research domains.

France and Germany, in a joint effort to strengthen Europe’s preparedness for this century’s big challenges and to further develop the European Research Area (ERA), reached an agreement on an important international objective: the fight against antimicrobial resistance (AMR) on a global scale. Both countries have considerable expertise and resources to contribute to the fight against AMR through the formation of productive bilateral research collaborations. Hence, MESRI and BMBF have each committed up to 7 million euros for a new bilateral program on research and development for AMR, meant to address unmet needs within the AMR field.

Aim of the call

In the present call, French and German scientists are invited to set up productive research collaborations, whose outcomes could be implemented into current French and German public health policies or products tackling AMR.

A Franco-German expert committee identified priority topics and thus specified the aim of this call. The call is open to four research areas:

Resistance to antibiotics (limited to critically resistant bacteria from the “priority 1: critical” list of priority pathogens, as published by the WHO)

  • Microbiota-based prevention and treatment strategies
  • Antibacterials with new modes of action differing from modes of action of existing antibiotics, e.g., small molecules, peptides/proteins, DNA/RNA based products, natural products, bacteriophages and bacteriophage-derived products
  • Investigations of the emergence, dissemination and burden of resistance using epidemiology, modelling, microbiology and cell biology

Resistance to antifungals

  • Pathogenic mechanisms, investigational diagnostics and treatment strategies in relation to resistance issues

Consortium composition

Applicants must adhere to the specific regulations of the national funding organizations.

Only bilateral projects will be funded. Each consortium submitting a proposal must involve one French and one German coordinator eligible to receive funding from their respective funding agency, ANR or BMBF. Additional members, eligible to receive funding from either agency, may join the consortium as research partners.

Funding will be awarded for a maximum of three years. ANR will exclusively fund French partners of the selected projects.

General information

The completed application form must be submitted electronically listed above.

Proposals cannot be submitted to ANR directly.

ANR contact

For any information, please contact, preferably by e-mail: FRDE-AMR@nullanr.fr

Dr. Ana Navarrete                 +33 (0) 1 73 54 81 52

Dr. Ingrid Pfeifer            +33 (0) 1 78 09 80 22

Release date of the call: Friday 21 December 2018

Deadline for submission of proposals: Wednesday 27 February 2019 13:00