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.
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.
Eleven projects by excellent research groups have been awarded a TOP grant. This will allow them to revitalise their lines of research and enter into new collaborations. They will receive up to €675,000 for research lasting at least four and no more than five years.
NWO and ZonMw opened the 2019 Vici round on 23 January 2019. As in the Veni round of 2019, ZonMw will be using a new system for applications to the Healthhcare Research and Medical Sciences divisiondomain. Known as ‘Mijn ZonMw', it replaces 'ProjectNet'. The procedure for assessing and selecting applications will remain the same.
ZonMw opened its call for proposals for the ZonMw Open Competition. The aim of the ZonMw Open Competition is to create space for excellent, curiosity-driven, groundbreaking science. Research groups of excellent quality can use a grant of €750,000 to renew their line of research and enter into new collaborations.
Proposals should focus on one or both of the following topics:
Identification of food (components) or diets that affect appetite and satiety, body weight regulation and/or risk factors for the development of overweight related metabolic diseases as well as the underlying mechanisms. This includes the understanding of individual responses to food components or diets.
The effect of food processing and/or storage conditions on food components, and the mechanisms by which this will influence appetite and satiety, body weight regulation and/or risk factors for the development of overweight related metabolic diseases. This can include studying how to modify the amount of these food components during food processing without affecting consumer acceptance.
Part of programme
Joint Programming Initiative, Healthy Diet for a Healthy Life (JPI HDHL)