FAIR data

A global pandemic like COVID-19 would have been suppressed much faster if research data were FAIR. Findable, Accessible, Interoperable and Reusable.
But what is FAIR data and how do we create FAIR data?

Pleas view this video that explaines it all.

ZonMw and FAIR data

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.

We facilitate that researchers have knowledge and instruments for FAIR data and data management. Our webpages are in English because Dutch researchers also work abroad and foreign researchers work on Dutch research projects.

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

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.

Read more about the research


Mapping integrity: a scientific and personal challenge

Fenneke Blom (Amsterdam UMC) and colleagues brought together existing initiatives that encourage research integrity and accommodated them at The Embassy of Good Science. Anyone working to promote research integrity can now draw on these initiatives for ideas and inspiration. Fenneke looks back at her project, which was both a scientific and a personal challenge.


Talent Scheme newsflash: simplified application process and planning 2023

The introduction of a two-stage assessment procedure will streamline the application process for the entire Talent Scheme. In addition, the submission dates for the pre-proposals for the 2023 Talent Scheme are largely known: 14 March for the Vici and 5 September for the Veni. The deadline for the Vidi pre-proposal will fall in the last quarter of 2023.


ZonMw signs Agreement on Reforming Research Assessment

On 28 October, ZonMw signed the European ‘Agreement on Reforming Research Assessment’. This agreement between the European Commission and Science Europe (the European research organisations) contains agreements on how research results should be assessed with the aim of improving the quality and impact of research.

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Concepts for health and social care research for neurodegenerative diseases


  • Living with neurodegenerative diseases as a patient at moderate, advanced and end-of-life stages of disease progression
  • New concepts for enhancing health and social care
  • Alignment of the specific needs of patients and available supply by health and social care system
  • Focus on Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias, Parkinson’s disease and PD-related disorders, Prion diseases, motor neuron diseases, Huntington’s disease, spinocerebellar ataxia, spinal muscular atrophy

Part of programme

EU Joint Programme – Neurodegenerative Disease Research (JPND)

Published on

2 November 2022


13 December 2022,

Margreet Bloemers

Margreet Bloemers

Project leader FAIR data and datamanagement

+31 (0)70 349 52 37
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