It is not yet known what causes the severe chronic illness ME/CFS. The new ZonMw research programme should change this situation and make treatment possible. Neuroscientist Michael VanElzakker and microbiologist Rogier Louwen look ahead to the programme and the possibilities it offers for biomedical research into the disease.
In 2020, ZonMw became part of EURECO, a European collaboration platform of academic researchers and service providers working on inclusive community planning and development of in the perspective of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). EURECO develops a network of academic researchers and research affined service providers specifically interested in developing inclusive communities.
In the research world, everybody now knows that good research goes hand-in-hand with the input of peer experts. But how can that participation best be realised? We asked Christine Dedding who, as Associate Professor at Amsterdam UMC, is specialised in participation and co-creation. ‘We need to go and discover and shape things together.'
With effect from 1 January 2023, we have implemented several changes in the procedure for applying for funding for the module Knowledge infrastructure of our programme More Knowledge with Fewer Animals (Dutch acronym: MKMD). This concerns the modules ‘Realising systematic literature research for studies involving experimental animals’, ‘Publishing neutral/negative results from experiments involving animals’, and the workshop ‘ Systematic...
Fifteen researchers who have recently received their PhDs can do their research at foreign research institutes thanks to a Rubicon grant from NWO. The Rubicon programme gives young, highly promising researchers the opportunity to gain international research experience.
The schedule with the 2023 submission dates for the Talent Scheme (Veni, Vidi, Vici) has been confirmed. Some changes have been made in the procedures of the new rounds, all designed to further simplify and save both applicants' and reviewers' precious time.
31 research teams will be able to start their project thanks to funding from the ZonMw Competition round 2021, which has a total budget of €24.2 million. Each research team will receive an average of €750,000 for their project. Six of the research teams will receive an additional €250,000 for investment in infrastructure.
Using the potential from existing animal and cellular models and cohorts, including available data and biomaterial, for conducting large-scale OMICS approaches to unravel the interplay and interactions of molecules from multiple molecular levels driving disease pathogenesis.
Better understanding the complex and multi-factorial mechanisms of disease onset and progression as well as the corresponding influencing factors.
Translating the findings from Big Data analysis and multi-OMICS approaches to existing animal and cellular models, thereby enhancing the potential of these models.
Identification of new drug targets or novel starting points for pharmacological interventions and prevention.
Sharpening the current understanding of disease definition, thus leading to enhanced sub-classification and better patient stratification.
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.