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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Infographic: International Call

Within ZonMw, international collaboration is increasingly important. This leads to a large group of Dutch scientists taking part in international Calls for the first time.

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Joining forces for COVID-19 vaccination in patients with a compromised immune system

In the beginning of 2021, the Netherlands Organisation for Health Research and Development (ZonMw) launched eight different studies on the effects of COVID-19 vaccinations in immune compromised patients. Various knowledge partners are currently working in consortia on these studies. To ensure fast and effective implementation of the research results, ZonMw is working together with the Dutch National Institute for Public Health and the Environment...

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Calls

Create2Solve - Request for Challenges

Topics

  • While the pharmaceutical, medical technologies, chemical, cosmetics and food industries are increasingly seeking solutions to improve, for example, their prediction of clinical efficacy and/or risk and safety assessments without the use of animals, the solutions are still insufficient;
  • Societal demand for animal-free testing is increasing and there is a need for new innovations to improve human health, a stimulation of this research field is therefore needed.

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More Knowledge with Fewer Animals

Published on

12 August 2021

Deadline

6 January 2022,
17.00

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Events

EURECO Conference 2021: Tackling the ‘digital divide’

Persons with disabilities, with care needs or with psychiatric illnesses are particularly affected by the impact of the digital divide in society. The EURECO 2021 conference will focus on approaches to promote the development of equal digital participation for these vulnerable groups as well.

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