The very exceptional situation surrounding the coronavirus outbreak has consequences for the process surrounding ZonMw's grant applications. We consider it necessary to take appropriate measures in order to align with the measures instituted by the cabinet.

We are committed to giving everyone the same opportunity to submit applications, do research or participate in committees or as reviewers for our rounds. The current situation places  many extra demands on our applicants, project leaders, committee members, reviewers and project and research participants. We have taken the following measures to spare them.


We have cancelled all meetings until Junil 1. It is possible that a meeting has been postponed. Please consult our agenda for new dates.

Grant applications

New subsidy rounds will not open until April 13. The situation will be reassessed in early April and a possible additional decision will follow. The submission deadline for all outstanding grant calls with a submission date from 17 March until the end off April has been extended by two months. The submission dates will be adjusted as soon as possible. Keep an eye on the subsidy calendar for the up-to-date submission dates.

Ongoing research

The deadline for submitting progress and final reports has been extended by three months. Where necessary, a budget neutral extension can be requested. If you have any questions about this, please contact the relevant programme manager.

Funding rounds in collaboration with NWO

These measures do not apply to the NOW Talent Scheme, Rubicon and NWA subsidy rounds. The NWO measures apply to these programmes.

Interview rounds and assessment meetings

All interview meetings from 17 March until the end off April will be canceled and rescheduled at a time to be determined later. Assessment meetings regarding grant applications that have already been submitted will take place via Skype or by telephone. These meetings can only take place if the required quorum is met.


The measures mentioned above do not apply to the following programmes:

  • The deadline of 17 March 2020 for submitting grant applications for the call for the “Care Evaluation and Appropriate Use (ZE&GG)” research will be maintained.
  • The deadline of 7 April 2020 for the submission within the call for funding for Promising Care, which is being carried out by the Healthcare Institute, will be maintained.
  • The ZE&GG Inclusion Accelerator call will open as soon as possible.


Depending on current developments, additional measures may follow. In early April, it will be decided whether the above-mentioned measures will also be applicable in  May and June.

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