Following in the footsteps of the first wave COVID-19, ZonMw is now launching the so-called second wave research programme. This programme comprises a total of €27 million and is funded by the Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport; the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science; and NWO. It concerns both research and practical projects.
Its three main objectives are to combat and contain the current pandemic; to generate new knowledge about pan- and epidemics; and to gain insights into the (global) societal dynamics, both during and after such a health crisis. The programme does not only concern medical research: Projects from all scientific fields are eligible.
Proposals can be submitted within the following three themes, each comprising different types of projects:
- Predictive diagnostics and treatment
- Urgent clinical trials
- Urgent, non-clinical research into treatment or prevention
- Care and prevention (including transmission)
- Care organisation
- Caring for vulnerable citizens
- Social dynamics
- Research into the effectiveness of corona measures
- Research into social resilience
- Research into economic resilience
Finally, there is also a budget available for small studies and projects (max. €25,000) that contribute to answering policy questions and giving practical impulses.
The following budgeting applies for each subject:
|Predictive diagnostics and treatment||€9.645.000,-|
|Care and prevention||€7.945.000,-
|Practical impulses and policy questions||€1.351.000,-|
|Communication and implementation||€ 250.000,-|
For the three main themes outlined above, proposals can be submitted via two tracks:
- Urgent research questions track
- Bottom-up funding track
The following requirements apply to both tracks:
- The research is of great importance because it has the potential to have an impact in the short term (within six months).
- The Netherlands has a unique position to execute this research (added value).
- The research is not already taking place elsewhere.
- A competent research group is available to start the project within two weeks.
- Intended results should also have an impact in the long term.
More information on proposals concerning policy questions and practical impulses will be made available at a later date.
The call for proposals for themes 1 and 2 was launched on 1 May and will close on 14 May (14:00). The call for Theme 3 and policy questions and practical orientations was also launched on 6 May. The call is open until 25 May (14:00). It is expected that the first requests will be honoured at the end of June, beginning of July.
- Relevance (this criterium applies to the bottom-up funding track only)