ZonMw The Netherlands Organization for Health Research and Development
Progress requires research and development. ZonMw funds health research and stimulates the use of the knowledge developed to help improve health and healthcare in the Netherland.
Together with experts, ZonMw analyses the current state of play, the problems that exist, the priorities and where to look for solutions. We then incorporate our findings into a programme – a plan of action that sets out the direction for developments in scientific research and
health care. Proposals for research and practical innovations must tie in with one of our programmes. Some programmes are designed mainly to boost scientific standards or developments in certain areas of science. In others, the emphasis is on developing and testing
innovations within particular focus areas or for certain groups.
With this range of grant programmes, ZonMw stimulates the entire innovation cycle, from fundamental research to the implementation of new treatments, preventive interventions and improvements to the structure of healthcare. Clear selection criteria (quality and relevance) mean only the best proposals are considered for grants. Innovations in health care practice are introduced only once their effectiveness and practicability have been proven.
ZonMw is the Dutch national organisation for health research and healthcare innovation. ZonMw’s main commissioning bodies are the Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport and the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research.