ZonMw – Efficiency Studies – Incentive Grant Round 1

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Efficiency studies are about determining which treatment methods yield the best results and at what cost. This is often done by comparing two methods. The ultimate goal is high-quality, affordable care.

The incentive grant is part of the ZonMw programme Efficiency Research 2022-2026 and is explicitly aimed at achieving more efficient and sustainable cooperation between relevant stakeholders that want to conduct efficacy research into non-pharmacotherapeutic interventions. These includes all diagnostic, therapeutic, and caring activities within the healthcare sector.

This first round finances the creation or strengthening of a partnership between stakeholders to set up an efficacy study and ultimately submit a full grant application. Examples of possible activities are writing a project idea and organising meetings. The total budget comprises €290,000. The deadline is 29 September 2020, 14.00 hours.


Actions carried out in the course of the incentive grant should be to the benefit of one of the following two goals:

  • The submission of a full grant application for Preparatory Studies Round 1 – opening in November 2020
  • The writing of a project idea and/or preparation of a full grant application for the Open Round 2023 – opening in the spring of 2021 and closing in September 2021.

Who Can Apply?

  • Main applicant working at a European research institution

Eligible Costs

  • €10,000 per proposal


Evaluation criteria are:

  • Necessity to apply for the incentive grant
  • Topic should be consistent with the Efficiency Studies programme 2022-2026
  • Quality of the partnership and the tangible contribution made by the incentive grant
  • Activities: Quality of the project plan
  • Final product: The final product must be full grant applications mentioned above
  • Feasibility: Realistic planning and timeline

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