ZonMw opened its call for proposals for the ZonMw Open Competition. The aim of the ZonMw Open Competition is to create space for excellent, curiosity-driven, groundbreaking science. Research groups of excellent quality can use a grant of €750,000 to renew their line of research and enter into new collaborations.

The grant offers excellent research groups the opportunity to revitalise their line of research, enter into new collaborations and perform studies of exceptional quality in the field of health. In view of its purpose of revitalising lines of research the ZonMw Open Competition is specifically intended for combinations of research groups.


In the ZonMw Open Competition applicants may request funding for staff, equipment loans, investment, valorisation/impact and internationalisation. The Investment module includes the possibility of an extra grant for medium-sized infrastructure. The investment should be between €100,000 and €250,000, and be intended for funding innovative scientific equipment, for example. Matching funding is required for such extra infrastructural investments.

Procedure and deadlines

The procedure consists of two stages: a project idea and a full application. Submission of a project idea is a mandatory part of the procedure, and the deadline is 28 March 2019. The deadline for submission of full applications is 29 August 2019.

In line with the process of harmonisation and simplification of funding instruments across the board at NWO, the ZonMw Open Competition replaces ZonMw’s TOP Grants and Medium-sized Investments programmes.

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