Sports and exercise do not only make people feel fit, they also decrease the likelihood of various illnesses (including chronic illnesses) and psychological disorders. The Netherlands Organisation for Health Research and Development (ZonMw) conducts research and recommends interventions to promote healthier lifestyles and improve the performance of athletes of all levels. ZonMw also encourages and facilitates innovations, helps to reduce the occurrence of sports injuries, and encourages participation in sports and exercise activities. Our ultimate objective is for everybody to be able to profit from sports and exercise, both socially and economically.
ZonMw funds hundreds of sports and exercise projects.
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Technical and social innovations in Sport
Can make all the difference to high-level sporting performance, wider participation in sport, and the development of a healthy, active lifestyle. Through programming, funding research, stimulating and facilitating innovation, and promoting participation in sport and exercise, ZonMw is contributing to a growing body of knowledge on the benefits of sport and movement.
ZonMw strives to bring about societal and economic returns on sport and exercise; the results include healthier lifestyles, better sporting performances, fewer injuries, and a growing recognition of the importance of sport and exercise in social issues.
In the Netherlands, sport policy is carried out both on a national and on a local level. The government encourages the development of elite sport and community sport through programs aimed at increasing knowledge and innovation and encouraging sport participation.
Two projects have received funding from the bi-national InnoSysTox-Moving programme to build an effective international collaboration with a clear benefit for replacing animal tests in the field of toxicology and systems biology.
Integrity, quality and social impact are vital for the existence of science. Therefore, for several years, ZonMw and NWO have encouraged research into fostering responsible research practices and replication studies.
16 researchers who have recently gained their PhDs will do research at foreign research institutions thanks to a Rubicon grant from NWO. The Rubicon programme is intended to give young, highly promising researchers the opportunity to gain international research experience.
The first phase of the programme Create2Solve can start with the three proposals that ZonMw selected to develop animal-free innovations for industry and research. The research groups will develop proof-of-concept projects for two Challenges, formulated by companies in the chemical, pharmaceutical and food industries. The project groups will receive a maximum of 7 months to realise their project. In the autumn of 2020, ZonMw will assess these...
Call for submission of full proposals ‘Tackling antibiotic resistance by reusing data and increasing FAIRness’
Research within the following research areas is eligible for funding in this round:
Studies on the prevention of the acquisition and / or transmission of antibacterial resistant bacteria, or ABR genes in different environments according to One Health e.g., patients, hospitals, farms, nature, etc.
Studies that support appropriate (use of) diagnostics.
Studies that support new or improved applications for antibiotics and alternatives to antibiotics.
Studies on optimising dosage and prudent use of antibiotics.
Part of programme
Antibiotic Resistance (ABR)
11 December 2019
11 February 2020,
ZonMw Talent Programme - ZonMw Veni 2020 proposals
Hoe beïnvloedt digitalisering de maatschappij? Twee jaar na het verschijnen van de onderzoeksagenda "Digitale samenleving" van de Vereniging van Universiteiten (VSNU) blikken vier betrokken onderzoekers terug op de afgelopen periode. Wat kunnen zij nu zeggen over de manier waarop digitalisering alle aspecten van het dagelijks leven bereikt en verandert? De sprekers gaan ook in op de rol van de wetenschap in het beantwoorden van die vragen.