We are adhering to the measures that the government is taking in tackling the coronavirus. This means that there will be consequences for funding rounds and current research funded by ZonMw. We are working hard to address matters and find answers to questions that arise. This web page contains all the latest information. Keep an eye on this web page for the most current state of affairs.

Please note: All the documents about corona on this page are a translation of the Dutch version of documents. In case of any differences or other inconsistencies between the Dutch text and the English translation, the Dutch text is legally binding and prevails.



First approved research projects subsidy scheme COVID-19

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Eight projects that will have a direct effect on the course of the coronavirus outbreak (COVID-19) and public health will soon be starting. This is the first result of the commission of the Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport to ZonMw to finance critical research with a direct impact on the current corona pandemic.

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Open Science and COVID-19

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On our website you will find information about Open Science, Open Access publications and FAIR data stewardship for researchers working for the COVID-19 outbreak. The information is also a guide to our requirements and recommendations for research programs on COVID-19.

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ZonMw’s approach to optimize reuse of COVID-19 related data

Under the urgency of the outbreak of the corona pandemic, we take a number of actions to enable researchers in ZonMw’s COVID-19 projects to create FAIR data that can be used by humans as well as machines. As a result, data become findable through computer search, and accessible for learning-algorithms (comparable to the Personal Health Train concept). The results of the activities are available for the entire research community of COVID-19.

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Innovative research awarded funding in COVID-19 Programme

Within the COVID-19 Programme, a total of 40 projects have now been awarded funding. In addition, 12 more projects will receive funding after additional administrative steps. In this programme, research will start that focuses on the effects of the measures against the coronavirus pandemic. This concerns a substantial financial injection in the Dutch research field. With this funding, the Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport, together with ZonMw...

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Update COVID-19 Programme: many applications

The interest for our calls for proposals within the COVID-19 Programme is considerable. In the past few weeks, we were pleased to receive many applications. In this update, you can read about the current state of affairs and the planning for the coming period.


COVID-19 Programme call for proposals “Societal dynamics” now open

The call for proposals for the focus area “Societal dynamics” within the COVID-19 Programme is now open. Consortia, research groups and independent researchers from several disciplines can submit ideas for research aimed at the societal effects of the coronavirus pandemic and of the (intended) measures against it. Given the need to act urgently, the deadline for submitting ideas is 25 May 2020, at 14.00 hours.

COVID-19 Programme call for proposals "Societal dynamics" now open
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Related programmes

ZonMw has several programmes related to this topic.

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