CARTNET: Combatting Antimicrobial Resistance Training Network


Call for proposal H2020-MSCA-ITN-2017
Grant agreement No 765147
Implementation period 01.01.2018. – 31.12.2021.
Project coordinator University of Copenhagen, Denmark
Project partners Wageningen University, Netherlands
Latvian Institute of Organic Synthesis, Latvia
Naicons SRL, Italy
University of Warwick, UK
Oxford Drug Design Limited, UK
 Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain
Agencia Estatal Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Cientificas, Spain
Universiteit Gent, Belgium
Statens Serum Institute, Denmark
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Leader of Latvian team Prof. Aigars Jirgensons
Total Costs 3 445 596.72 EUR
EU contribution 3 445 596.72 EUR
Costs for Latvian partner 223 577.64 EUR


CARTNET trains young researchers in Europe to address serious and global problems of antibiotic resistance. Disease-causing bacteria are becoming resistant even to last-resort antibiotics and transmission of resistance genes and resistant pathogens are widespread between human, animal and environmental reservoirs. Therefore, CARTNET will focus on alternative approaches to handle antibiotic resistance and treating resistant infections in both humans and animals. It will provide competences to young researchers and future policymakers that will allow them to use the knowledge at all relevant scientific levels and in collaboration with stakeholders in both human and veterinary medicine as well as in chemistry, structural biology and natural product chemistry to develop new antimicrobial solutions.

CARTNET comprises researchers who are leading experts on antibiotic resistance and antimicrobial drug discovery. They will in cooperation with the recruited early-stage research (ESR) trainees use structural biology to synthesize new antimicrobials, screen environmental microorganisms and microbiota for new active compounds and limit the spread of resistance through knowledge of dissemination of mobile genetic elements. The research training is hosted by universities with a strong track record of graduate training and is composed of an ambitious scientific program flanked by essential generic training courses and with ample opportunity for networking at network meetings, conferences and shared secondments. In addition to training young researchers for the challenges of tomorrow CARTNET will from day one provide excellent research with impressive scientific and societal impact.