Global AMR R&D Hub seeks for comments on Draft Collaboration Framework
To help guide the Global AMR R&D Hub’s collaborations a draft Collaboration Framework has been developed. Until 10th October, the consultation process is open.
As highlighted by the Interagency Coordination Group on Antimicrobial Resistance’s 2019 report to the Secretary-General of the UN No Time to Wait: Securing the Future from Drug-Resistant Infections, urgent action is needed to increase global antimicrobial resistance (AMR) research and development (R&D) coordination and collaboration in an One Health context. The report highlights the need for additional and sustained collaboration between government, the private sector and civil society to accelerate R&D, pull new products through to market and ensure effective stewardship.
In July 2017, the G20 called for a new international R&D Collaboration Hub to maximise the impact of existing and new basic and clinical antimicrobial research initiatives as well as product, which led to the establishment of the Global AMR R&D Hub.
The role of the Global AMR R&D Hub
The Global AMR R&D Hub, launched in May 2018, supports global priority setting and evidence-based decision-making on allocation of resources for AMR R&D through the identification of gaps, overlaps and potential for cross-sectoral collaboration and leverage in AMR R&D. It is a global partnership of 16 countries, the European Commission and two philanthropic foundations.
The Global AMR R&D Hub is ideally placed to help drive and coordinate the improvement of global AMR R&D collaboration. In addition, to achieve its vision and objectives, the Global AMR R&D Hub will need to consult, cooperate and collaborate with different partners globally, including international organisations, existing R&D initiatives, industry, researchers, non-governmental organisations and governments.
To help guide the Global AMR R&D Hub’s collaborations, both globally and individually (formal), a draft Collaboration Framework has been developed. The framework was developed:
- in response to feedback from stakeholders wanting to engage more formally with the Global AMR R&D Hub
- to fulfil the item on the Global AMR R&D Hub’s workplan on developing a strategy for interaction and formalising cooperation with existing funding and implementing initiatives, and
- to stimulate thinking on how to improve global AMR R&D coordination and to seek innovative ways to do this.
The Collaboration Framework has two objectives, to provide:
- an outline on how the Global AMR R&D Hub will increase collaboration and improve coordination of AMR R&D globally, and
- high-level guidance on formal collaboration between the Global AMR R&D Hub and relevant parties for specific projects.
But how to increase global AMR R&D collaboration?
Increasing AMR R&D coordination and collaboration on the global One Health stage cannot be achieved independently or in isolation. To begin this journey with a shared sense of purpose from all relevant AMR R&D stakeholders, the Global AMR R&D Hub is inviting suggestions and feedback, via a survey, on how improved coordination and collaboration of AMR R&D could be realised. Views are also sought on the Global AMR R&D Hub’s approach to collaboration and suggestions on how this can be enhanced. All ideas are welcomed ranging from innovative ideas that have never been tried, to methods that have been used in other sectors that have worked well, to identification of other initiatives in the AMR field that are doing this well.
The AMR field is already a busy space and it is essential that there is no duplication, that there is recognition of existing work and that promotion of work underway occurs so that AMR R&D is conducted in an efficient, systematic and collegial way.
The survey will seek your feedback on both the draft Collaboration Framework and will also seek ideas on how the Global AMR R&D Hub can start to work towards improving global coordination of AMR R&D.
Please submit your ideas and feedback through the survey (link), which will seek your views and ideas through a combination of scaled, multiple choice and free text options. There are no mandatory questions, but you are encouraged to provide as much feedback as possible in order to maximise the impact of the survey. It is user friendly and should be able to be completed within 20minutes. The survey will be open from 2 September to 10 October 2019. If you would like to make specific comments on the draft Collaboration Framework document, please email the document with track changes and/comments to firstname.lastname@example.org by 10 October 2019.