ZonMw supports the entire knowledge chain
Knowledge and research are needed for a healthy life and to prevent us from becoming ill. Knowledge about new treatments, drugs and the right care at the right place. ZonMw programmes and funds health research and innovation in care, encourages the use of the knowledge developed and defines the areas where knowledge is needed.
We support the entire knowledge chain; from fundamental practice-oriented and action research to implementation projects. For this, we work closely together with people and organisations on relevant societal and scientific issues that influence health, care and well-being. Because we can only make a difference by working together.
The core activities of ZonMw
Together we ensure more impact from knowledge in the improvement of health and well-being for everybody. To make this possible, we focus on three core activities:
- We programme and fund health research and innovation in care – Together with our contractors and stakeholders, we determine which knowledge and activities are needed, design programmes for these and fund the development of this knowledge. For this, we bring together researchers from different disciplines and from various countries.
- We encourage impact – We connect people and organisations to further develop knowledge about care, health and well-being and to help implement that knowledge in practice so that the research results of programmes and projects are actually used in practice.
- We define the areas where knowledge is needed - Due to our collaboration with, amongst others, researchers, care providers and policymakers, we can identify where there is a need for more knowledge. We bring this to the attention of researchers, contractors, people in the field, education professionals and citizens. In doing this, we facilitate the utilisation of knowledge to solve scientific and societal issues concerning care, health and well-being.
And we always do that with our core values in mind: meticulousness, accessibility, resourcefulness and connectivity.
ZonMw: The connecting force that drives innovation
The added value of ZonMw is its connecting force. We connect people and organisations for working on relevant societal and scientific issues that influence health, care and well-being. We work closely together with, amongst others, researchers, care providers, caregivers, policymakers, clients, citizens and experiential experts. Because we can only make a difference by working together.
Our most important contractors are the Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport (VWS) and the Dutch Research Council (NWO). Other ministries – whether or not together with the Ministry of VWS – are contractors of programmes at ZonMw as well. Examples are the Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management (IenW) in the areas of microplastics, climate impact and health, or the Ministry of Justice and Security (JenV) and the Ministry of the Interior and Kingdom Relations (BZK) in the area of erratic behaviour.
In addition, we have several (co-) funders in programmes such as (health) funds and Health~Holland. With co-funders, we not only fund and programme together but we also jointly harmonise other processes, such as socially responsible licensing and how to enhance impact. Besides which, we make use of each other's networks to ensure that the results of projects can be further developed. And we are a partner in international programmes that receive their funding from the European Commission. ZonMw plays an active role in these as a stakeholder in governance organisation and the drawing up of international strategic research and innovation agendas, funding, training and communication.
Many of the issues we now face in healthcare are not unique to the Netherlands. ZonMw therefore also carefully examines the important international issues and whether we can collaborate on these with other parties. That allows us to consolidate knowledge and resources to solve these issues.
As a partner, we contribute to various initiatives, some of which are funded by the European Commission. ZonMw plays an active role in these as a stakeholder in the establishment of the governance and the drawing up of international strategic research and innovation agendas, funding, training and communication.
You can also submit proposals to various international funding rounds via ZonMw.
Independent government body
ZorgOnderzoek Nederland (Care Research Netherlands, Dutch abbreviation: ZON) was established by law in 1998 (ZON Act). Since 2001, there has been a partnership between ZON and the Medical Sciences (Dutch abbreviation: MW) domain of the Dutch Research Council (NWO). This partnership is called ZonMw and constitutes an independent self-governing organisation.