Supporting the entire knowledge chain
With a wide range of grant programmes, we stimulate and fund development and practical application in the areas of prevention, care and health. In addition, we encourage the use of the knowledge developed and identify where knowledge is still needed. As an organisation, we support the entire knowledge chain, from fundamental research, practice-oriented and action research to implementation projects.
ZonMw is primarily concerned with societal themes. These themes are realised within various programmes. Each programme has its own team with a manager. The entire organisation is supported by the department Policy, Advice and Strategy, and the department Operations. All of the teams of these departments are led by director Véronique Timmerhuis, together with the ZonMw board and the management team.
The governance regulation encompasses the operating procedures of the board, the appointment, composition and operating procedures of programme committees and the tasks and responsibilities of the director.
ZonMw working method
Government ministries, the Dutch Research Council (NWO) and other organisations commission ZonMw to find solutions for certain bottlenecks or stimulate specific working areas in healthcare and health research. Research projects can also arise from societal problems or bottlenecks identified by ZonMw.
ZonMw subsequently formulates a programme for research and/or solutions for the issue or bottleneck and makes funding available for such a programme. Researchers (from fundamental to applied), care providers and institutes focused on care and health can apply for this funding to conduct research or for a project to develop, test and realise innovations.
Each programme has its own objectives, quality criteria and deadlines. An expert committee, advised by independent referees, selects the proposals.
The page 'How to apply for a grant?' explains who is eligible to apply for funding.
Working at ZonMw
Working at ZonMw means using knowledge to realise a good health for everybody and thus contribute to innovation in care, health and welfare. Would you also like to contribute to that? Then take a look at our vacancies.
Whichever position your start in, we will give you the opportunity to grow and to further develop yourself. We will enable you to use your talents and make sure that you have plenty of opportunities to take initiative in an open, collegial and informal work environment.