ZonMw’s policy, procedures, practical guidance, and initiatives are aimed at the creation of reusable data and reuse of existing data.
ZonMw’s approach is guided by the FAIR principles to obtain data that are findable, accessible, interoperable and reusable. Overall, the FAIR principles help to enhance the quality of research projects, and to accelerate innovation in health and health care.

ZonMw’s activities stand on two closely related pillars:

  1. practical guidelines for Data management and stewardship in research projects, and how they relate to ZonMw’s policy, requirements and procedures;
  2. development and implementation of new FAIRification approaches, leading to data that comply with the FAIR principles, become machine readable, and are captured by making use of standards and technologies (etc) that are preferred within a specific research community.

The activities are part of ZonMw’s policy on Open Science. The international transition to open science is crucial to accomplish the right conditions for creating reusable data, and data reuse:  FAIR data stewardship, recognition and reward, open access publications, and citizen science.

Attention! Please consult this website regularly for updates and solutions.

In the spotlight

Interesting things to do with data

E-data & research
Figuur - E-data & research

The digital newsletter (also on paper !) E-Data & Research, issued by DANS, shows interesting examples of what one can do with data.
Read the article: Where do data stewards get their knowledge and how can the Netherlands approach this more professionally?

View the website E-data & Research

Open data or FAIR data?

Open data or fair data

FAIR data are not necessarily OPEN data. Through the ‘A’ of Accessibility, one can state the conditions for sharing the data (‘restricted access’). The FAIR principles are in line with the policy of research funders like ZonMw and NWO to make research data “as open as possible, and as closed as needed”.

Open data

Next step: expert meetings about making health data available for research

Health-RI and organise new expert meetings to discuss the next step in making health data available for research. Expert meeting number 1 was about collecting FAIR data on September 9th. On September 23rd was the focus on Data Findability and Linkage. Join the meeting on October 7th.

Read more on the website of our partner Health-RI

Research on corona and COVID-19


Together with our sponsors and clients, we are looking into possibilities for financing research into the coronavirus and COVID-19. The pandemic is having a major impact on healthcare and society.

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Infographic: International Call

Within ZonMw, international collaboration is increasingly important. This leads to a large group of Dutch scientists taking part in international Calls for the first time.

Part of the infographic

Joining forces for COVID-19 vaccination in patients with a compromised immune system

In the beginning of 2021, the Netherlands Organisation for Health Research and Development (ZonMw) launched eight different studies on the effects of COVID-19 vaccinations in immune compromised patients. Various knowledge partners are currently working in consortia on these studies. To ensure fast and effective implementation of the research results, ZonMw is working together with the Dutch National Institute for Public Health and the Environment...

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Create2Solve - Request for Challenges


  • While the pharmaceutical, medical technologies, chemical, cosmetics and food industries are increasingly seeking solutions to improve, for example, their prediction of clinical efficacy and/or risk and safety assessments without the use of animals, the solutions are still insufficient;
  • Societal demand for animal-free testing is increasing and there is a need for new innovations to improve human health, a stimulation of this research field is therefore needed.

Part of programme

More Knowledge with Fewer Animals

Published on

12 August 2021


6 January 2022,



EURECO Conference 2021: Tackling the ‘digital divide’

Persons with disabilities, with care needs or with psychiatric illnesses are particularly affected by the impact of the digital divide in society. The EURECO 2021 conference will focus on approaches to promote the development of equal digital participation for these vulnerable groups as well.

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Margreet Bloemers

Margreet Bloemers

Project leader FAIR data and datamanagement

+31 (0)70 349 52 37
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