In the spotlight

Mental illnesses

More than 40% of Dutch people experience mental health problems at least once in their lives. Mental illnesses affect both young and old and can have an enormous impact on sufferers and also on family members, friends and colleagues. Mental illnesses have a large societal impact.

ZonMw promotes, through several funding programmes, the early detection and identification of problems, their effective treatment, and the individualization of mental health care. We want to reduce the number of people with mental health problems, improve their quality of life and their treatment, prevent problem escalation, and avoid unnecessarily lengthy treatments. 

Illicit drugs

ERANID, the European Research Area Network on Illicit Drugs, aims to improve cooperation in drug research in order to allow well-founded policy decisions, prevention and harm reduction interventions. ERANID is meant as a first step towards a longer term transnational cooperation in the field of drugs research.


In the spotlight: project on suicidal behaviour

Suicidal behaviour is argued to be the end result of the complex interaction between psychological, social and biological factors. Epidemiological studies resulted in a range of risk factors for suicidal behaviour, but we do not yet understand how their interaction increases the risk for suicidal behaviour. A new approach called network analysis can help us better understand this process as it allows us to visualize and quantify the complex association between many different symptoms or risk factors.

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Workshop on International Conference on Integrated Care (ICIC)

ZonMw organized a workshop on disturbed behavior during the International Conference on Integrated Care (ICIC) 2018. In our workshop we focussed on the concept of people with disturbed behavior and results form a qualitative and quantitative evaluation.

Abstract of the workshop


Call for proposals: Fighting infectious disease

The second call for proposals of the ‘Fighting Infectious Disease 3’ (Infectieziektebestrijding 3) programme opened on 15 March 2023. The aim of the programme and of this call is to promote a scientifically-based approach to fighting infectious disease, and to strengthen the knowledge infrastructure. Ultimately this should contribute towards reducing the disease burden and the number of people (seriously) ill with infectious disease in the...

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34 leading scientists receive Vici grants

The scientists from the Science (ENW), Applied and Engineering Sciences (AES), Social Sciences and Humanities (SSH) and Health Research and Development (ZonMw) domains will receive Vici grants worth up to 1.5 million euros. This will enable the laureates to develop an innovative line of research and set up their own research group for five years

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Gender in Research Fellowship 2023


  • Fellowship for sex and gender in health research
  • Improve skills and international network of early career researchers
  • Erasmus Summer Programme

Part of programme

Gender en Gezondheid

Published on

7 March 2023


25 April 2023,


Related programmes

ZonMw has several programmes related to this topic.

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Webinar: launch international call on transforming health and care systems

Are you interested in international collaboration? And would you like to contribute to the transformation of health and care systems in Europe with a research project or a practice-based initiative? Then join us at the launch of the first grant call of the international ‘Transforming Health and Care Systems’ (THCS) programme.

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Marjolein Scholten

Marjolein Scholten

Programme Officer

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