By recognising and rewarding researchers in a new way, ZonMw is funding research that fits the changing role of science in society.

Society is changing and so is science. Researchers are subject to new requirements. Examples are: Open Access publishing, data management, reliable science and integrity. That requires a different way of recognising and rewarding researchers and their research.

Until recently, researchers were mainly assessed for their research performance, such as the number of publications, the journals they publish in and how often their articles are cited. ZonMw strives to attain a more balanced system of assessment and selection in which we do justice to the diversity of talents: research, education, impact, leadership and patient care to which researchers make their contribution.

With a new approach to recognition and rewarding, we also consider diversity in career paths. And we provide room for a good balance between individual talent and team science, which is appropriate to the objective of the research. ZonMw considers these different aspects in its policy for and assessment of project proposals and applicants:

In the Spotlight

Video Jeroen Geurts about the narrative CV

video is Dutch spoken with English subtitles

Jeroen Geurts: why is ZonMw implementing a narrative CV?

ZonMw is implementing the basic premises of the new Recognition and Rewards in its policy. In this video, Jeroen Geurts (chair of the ZonMw board) explains our first steps in this direction.



Video Jeroen Geurts about Recognition and Rewards

video is Dutch spoken with English subtitles

Jeroen Geurts: why does ZonMw attach importance to the new Recognition and Rewards?

Together with VSNU, NWO, NFU and KNAW, ZonMw launched the position paper “Room for everyone’s talent: towards a new balance in the recognition and rewards for academics”. Jeroen Geurts (chair of the ZonMw board) explains why ZonMw finds this important.



161 researchers awarded a NWO Veni grant worth 250,000 euros

The Dutch Research Council (NWO) has awarded a Veni grant worth up to 250,000 euros to 161 highly promising young scientists. The grant provides the laureates with the opportunity to further elaborate their own ideas during a period of three years.



81 researchers receive NWO-Vidi grant worth 800,000 euros

The Dutch Research Council has awarded 81 experienced researchers a Vidi grant worth 800,000 euros. The grant enables them to develop their own innovative line of research and set up their own research group in the coming five years.


Open Access: more impact from research

Open Access publishing ensures that research is quickly and easily accessible. During the coronavirus pandemic, the importance of that has become clearer than ever before. For example, doctors and patients search for information about the treatment of COVID-19. To increase the impact of knowledge, ZonMw will tighten the guidelines for Open Access with effect from 1 January 2021. What will change?


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