Sports and Exercise

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.

National sport policy

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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.

General information & National policies

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32 scientists to receive NWO Vici grants worth 1.5 million euros

32 leading scientists will each receive 1.5 million euros from the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO). This Vici grant will enable them to develop an innovative line of research and set up their own research group in the coming five years. Vici is one of the largest scientific grants for individuals in the Netherlands and targets advanced researchers.

News

Computer model helps predict rejection of donor kidneys

Sometimes a donor kidney is rejected years after it is transplanted. Researchers at Radboudumc teaching hospital in Nijmegen are developing a computer model that can predict this process, so that those cases can be treated properly. They are working closely with a number of partners in the Netherlands and abroad.

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Calls

Novel imaging and brain stimulation methods and technologies related to Neurodegenerative Diseases

Topics

  • Transnational research.
  • Focus on neurodegenerative diseases (one or several of following; SCA, SMA, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, Prion, Motor neuron or Huntington disease)  
  • Imaging technologies, such as MRI, PET or super-resolution microscopy and molecular imaging techniques.
  • Brain stimulation techniques, such as DBS, TMS or tDCS.

Part of programme

EU Joint Programme - Neurodegenerative Disease Research (JPND)

Published on

7 January 2020

Deadline

3 March 2020,
15.00

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Prevention of unhealthy weight gain and obesity during crucial phases throughout the lifespan (PREPHOBES)

Topics

This joint transnational call intends to fund dedicated, top-class transnational research consortia to provide insights in innovative strategies to prevent or reduce overweight and obesity in defined target populations based on certain life stages.

The research to be funded within this call should have a holistic, multi-disciplinary and solution orientated approach and will focus on one or more crucial phase(s) throughout the lifespan such as transition periods (for example from prenatal to postnatal phase/infancy, pre-school to school age, adolescence to early adulthood) or critical life events (for example moving, marriage, period in between pregnancies, diagnosis of a chronic disease, recovering from disease, retirement, migration). To increase the impact of the research and facilitate its later use in future policies on lifestyle interventions and public health, this call strongly encourages the active integration of stakeholders (e.g. patient and/or consumer organisations) or citizen science approaches. These partners should be engaged in the research process from conception of the study to dissemination and implementation.

Part of programme

Joint Programming Initiative, Healthy Diet for a Healthy Life (JPI HDHL)

Published on

28 January 2020

Deadline

3 April 2020,
14.00

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JPIAMR Network Plus 2020

Topics

  • Connect AMR researchers bridging geographic and research fields
  • Facilitate access to scientific information and infrastructures
  • Provide avenues for sharing of AMR knowledge, data, infrastructures and facilities and perform meta-studies
  • Build capacity around AMR Research
  • Increase awareness and visibility of the issue of AMR
  • Use scientific evidence and increase scientific excellence in innovation to inform policy and guideline makers
  • Develop social and economic approaches for the study of interventions, transmission, environment and translation to the market
  • Improve optimal health economic models related to AMR challenge

Part of programme

JPIAMR – Joint Programming Initiative on Antimicrobial Resistance

Published on

10 February 2020

Deadline

6 April 2020,
17.00

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Events

KNAW-symposium Digitale samenleving

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.

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European Implementation Event 2020

The European Implementation Event 2020 (#EIE2020) will take place on October 1st and 2nd 2020 in Rotterdam, Netherlands. Pre-conference activities will occur on September 30, 2020.

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