On this page, you will find information about available funding opportunities related to health research and technology. If you are interested in any of these calls and would like to receive more information or funding advice about a specific call and/or support with proposal preparation, feel free to contact Jaga Schreiber, funding advisor and coordinator at TU Delft Valorisation Centre, j.k.schreiber@tudelft.nl06-28362580.

Now open calls

SGF, Top Sector LSH and ZonMw Human Measurement Models

Deadline: September 1, 2019
Tag: Co-matching by for-profit partner, Thematic, Pre-proposal stage

Call for public-private partnership projects for the development of Human Measurement ModelsThe Association of Dutch Health Foundations (SGF) and the Top Sector Life Sciences & Health (LSH) havemade € 3.2 million PPP Allowance (financial resources for public-private partnerships) available for thedevelopment of Human Measurement Models. This call is being made in collaboration with ZonMw andNWO Domain Applied and Engineering Sciences (AES).The call for Human Measurement Models aims to encourage the development of new, more efficient,more predictable human measurement models for health research so that research results can beapplied better and faster to people. This makes science less dependent on the use of laboratory animalmodels, which is in line with the Animal-free Innovation Transition Programme (TPI).An important condition is that an application must consist of a collaboration with at least one researchorganisation and at least one private party.

More information about the call will be published on the SGF website and Top Sector LSH website atthe start of July. More information about the conditions for eligibility for PPP Allowance, can be foundon the Top Sector LSH website.

A matchmaking event will be organised in September 2019 to further inform parties about theapplication process and provide opportunities to explore mutual cooperation.

Maximal budget: Depending on the type of research (fundamental, industrial or experimental) and thecontributions by private and public partners within the project, between € 500,000 and € 1 million PPPAllowance can be applied for.

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Top Sector LSH: TKI-Life Sciences & Health PPP Allowance (Match Call)

Deadline: October 9, 2019
Tags: Co-matching by all partners, Collaborative, Thematic, Valorisation/Industry

Top Sector Life Sciences & Health (LSH) supports innovative research and development realised bypublic-private partnerships (PPPs) of the Dutch LSH sector. The Top Sector brings together stakeholdersin a shared, consolidated innovation infrastructure. By means of PPP Allowance, the Top Sector providesa financial instrument to help consortia consisting of research organisations, knowledge institutes,companies, and health foundations to realise their innovative ideas.

By identifying contributions of private partners in PPPs in the LSH sector, the Topconsortia forKnowledge and Innovation’s (TKI) office of the Top Sector can apply for PPP Allowance at theNetherlands Enterprise Agency and Ministry of Economic Affairs. Hereafter, the allocated PPP Allowancecan be used to support new research projects by PPPs.

With our ongoing Match Call, PPPs are invited to apply for PPP Allowance. All applications are evaluatedby an evaluation committee at two set moments per year and the board of the Top Sector LSH decides ifan application is honoured.

Due to an unforeseen technical issue we have decided NOT to use the online application form. You cansend your application to


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NWO Open Mind Domain Applied and Engineering Sciences

Deadline: September 3, 2019
Tags: Young Investigator, Individual, Thematic, Topic: improving the world: out-of-the-box research

Researchers with ideas for improving the world can apply for funding through the Open Mindprogramme. NWO Domain Applied and Engineering Sciences (AES) is looking for surprising new researchideas that with the use of technology could lead to applications with a societal impact. Researchers areinvited to submit out of the box ideas that contribute to sustainable solutions for global societalchallenges (along the line with people, planet, profit).Researchers are often societally involved and full of ideas for improving the world by using technology.The Open Mind programme offers an accessible opportunity to take such ideas to practice. Imaginecompeting to solve some of the world’s most daunting problems. Imagine using technology to combatdisease, improve education, create disaster communication systems, empower people with disabilities,or promote environmental sustainability. Part of the selection procedure is pitching the idea at the NWO innovation festival TEKNOWLOGY and,therefore, applicants should be available and present on November 7th 2019 (at a location to bedetermined in or near Utrecht) to pitch and discuss their proposal. Funding will be awarded for one year(December 2019 – November 2020). Applicants who are awarded Open Mind funding are requested topresent the obtained results on the following annual conference in 2020.


Maximal budget: € 50,000


Velux Stiftung Research funding

Deadline: September 30, 2019
Tags:Philanthropy, Thematic, Light, Aging 

The foundation wants to create impact by supporting research projects addressing relevant problems with a high potential for change and leverage. Crucial to realise this potential are an entrepreneurial spirit in researchers and the efforts of the applicant to promote and implement the created knowledge of the project to enhance its impact.You have an innovative idea for a research project in one of our funding areas. You aim to create impact with your research results that transfer beyond the borders of a single discipline. You appreciate the aims of the foundation and want to foster its purpose. Then we might be the right partner for you and you should consider to apply with us.

Funding areas:

●      Daylight: Use of daylight and its effects on humans and nature

●      Healthy Ageing

●      OphthalmologyFor more information on our focus funding areas read more here 

Maximal budget: approx. CHF 50’000 – CHF 100’000/yr. (40-80,000 Euro/yr), higher amounts possible depending on project goals


Ramboll Foundation Research funding

Deadline:  August 15, and November 15, 2019
Tags:Philanthropy, Thematic, Technology and society 

Donations to research, post-graduates and education should focus on the technical and natural science areas. However, given our position as a sustainable society consultant and our founding fathers’ focus on the interface between technology and society and the impact of technological progress on societies, also more sociological-oriented research may be considered. 

Maximal budget:no restriction; previous projects between 10-150,000 Euro; annual budget 10-15 million DKK/ca. 2mln Euro


Guideline for applicants

World Cancer Research Fund International (WCRF)

Deadline: call opens in summer 2019
Tags:Philanthropic, Thematic, Cancer prevention and cancer survivors 

To help us achieve our mission of living in a world where no one develops a preventable cancer, World Cancer Research Fund (WCRF) funds research into cancer prevention and survival through lifestyle.This research looks at the effects of diet, nutrition (including body composition) and physical activity on cancer prevention through our grant programme, which has been running since 1991.

Research themes: This year, we will be focusing on two main themes:

-identifying the mechanisms that underpin the effects of diet, nutrition and physical activity on cancer

-addressing the host factors that influence an individual’s susceptibility to cancer development or progression

For the research area of cancer survivors, we also encourage broader research into the identification of likely causal links between diet, nutrition, physical activity and outcomes after cancer diagnosis, as robust evidence on these links is still lacking. 

Maximal budget:The budget for proposals is currently £350,000 for Investigator Initiated Grants for up to four years and £60,000 for Seed Grants over two years.


Continuous open calls

NWO Open Competition Domain Science - KLEIN

Deadline: Continuous application
Tags: Curiosity-driven, Individual also Young Investigator, Three types (Klein-1, Klein-2, Klein-0),  

KLEIN grants are intended for realising curiosity-driven, fundamental research of high quality and/or scientific urgency. The KLEIN grant offers researchers1 the possibility to elaborate creative and risky ideas and to realise scientific innovations that can form the basis for the research themes of the future. There are three categories of KLEIN grants: KLEIN-1 (1 scientific position), KLEIN-2 (2 scientific positions in collaboration) and KLEIN-0 (investments) that are assessed in competition with each other. Section 3.2 states what you can apply for under the different types of grant. 

This funding instrument is open for research proposals with a question in or overlapping the fields of earth sciences, astronomy, chemistry, computer science, life sciences, physics and mathematics. Proposals can be monodisciplinary, multidisciplinary or interdisciplinary in nature. The NWO Domain Science has two different types of funding that you can submit proposals for in open competition. 

KLEIN-1 A KLEIN-1 grant, € 350,000. 

KLEIN-2 A KLEIN-2 grant, € 700,000 

KLEIN-0 A KLEIN-0 grant, € 160,000 - € 500,000, for the funding of an investment 


Calls expected in 2019

NWO NWA Dutch National Research Agenda - Idea Generator (NWA-IDG)

Deadline: will open on October 2019
Tags:Curiosity-driven/bottom-up, Individual, Young Investigator, Out-of-the-box ideas

(Young) Researchers from the entire public knowledge chain are called upon to submit research proposals for small projects with a high-risk-high-gain focus and with a potential for societal impact.

The NWA intends to connect research and society. The Idea Generator call intends to foster curiosity by supporting new ideas into high risk, high gain science projects. The Idea Generator intends to advance research with potential for high societal gain which also comes with a high risk of failure. The Idea Generator supports creative, out-of-the-box thinkers to submit exciting and innovative ideas which are relevant for the NWA-program. In the Idea Generator small projects can be funded to further develop a new idea by doing research. Applicants of all disciplines and backgrounds are welcome. Proposals that focus on practice-oriented research, applied research or fundamental research are welcome. (Young) researchers can individually apply, but they can also work together with co-applicants.

Maximal budget:€ 50.000 / for one year project


Top Sector LSH HHINT Kickstarter for Public-Private Partnerships(if the budget will not be depleted

Deadline:September 2, 2019
Tags: Co-matching by all partners, Collaborative, Thematic, Valorisation/Industry 

Call for applications for the Health~Holland International Kickstarter for public-private partnershipsThe Dutch have a long tradition of investing in international cooperation. Investing in an international network can provide a significant acceleration of research and development (R&D). Sharing knowledge between international partners helps to better identify the end users and supports valorisation and export. In addition, international cooperation may be the first step for foreign organisations to invest and settle in the Netherlands. Therefore, internationalisation is one of the focus points of Top Sector Life Sciences & Health (LSH).

The Top Sector LSH wants to stimulate international, public-private partnerships (PPP). Current financial instruments for cooperation outside Europe are limited. To facilitate the first steps to R&D cooperation worldwide, the Top Sector LSH established the programme ‘Health~Holland International (HHINT) Kickstarter for public-private partnerships’. This programme is realised by the Top Consortium Knowledge & Innovation (TKI) office of the Top Sector LSH: TKI-LSH. 

With the HHINT Kickstarter, for profit enterprises and recognised research organisations are invited to apply for financial support (PPP Allowance) to get off to a flying start to establish a long lasting foreign public-private partnership in R&D. This PPP Allowance serves as a first driver in international R&D cooperation between the parties. This programme falls within the framework of the PPP Allowance Regulation of the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy. Submission: via

Maximal budget: €25,000 and €120,000 per project


Call for proposal:

H2020 SC1 Health, demographic change and wellbeing Calls 2019 / 2020

Deadline: September 24, 2019
Tags:Thematic, EU Consortium

Pre-proposal  On 04 Jul 2019, new call topics within the Horizon2020 Societal Challenge 1: Health, demographic change and wellbeing will be published and open for application. Please contact me for a draft text of the specific call topic you are interested in. In addition on 4thJuly there is a matchmaking event for these calls in Brussel, which I will attend. Please contact me, if you are interested in making your research expertise visible at this event. 

Call 1: Better Health and care, economic growth and sustainable health systemsSpecific topics:Innovative health and care industry: SC1-BHC-08-2020: New interventions for Non-Communicable Diseases   Innovative health and care systems -Integration of care: SC1-BHC-24-2020: Healthcare interventions for the management of the elderly multimorbid patient

Decoding the role of the environment, including climate change, for health and well-being: SC1-BHC-29-2020: Innovative actions for improving urban health and wellbeing - addressing environment, climate and socioeconomic factors

Call 2: Digital transformation in Health and Care:

Specific topics:SC1-DTH-13-2020: Implementation research for scaling up and transfer of innovative solutions involving digital tools for people-centred care 

Link:No link available yet, 4 July calls will be published 

Bayer Grants4Targets Pharmaceuticals

Deadline:will open in August 2019
Tags: Thematic,Valorisation/Industry 

The Grants4Targets crowdsourcing initiative in health offers you financial support to validate your pharmaceutical target and help test your hypothesis.

What's it about?
●      Target validation and research in 
o  Oncology, 
o  Cardiology (including kidney and lung diseases), 
o  Gynecological therapies, 
o  Hematology.

Who is this for?
●      Universities
●      Other academic research institutes
●      Startup and biotech companies from all over the world with an interest in pharmaceutical R&DWhat do we offer?
●      Research grants for drug targets from €5,000 to €125,000, whereby intellectual property rights remain with the applicant. 
●      Our expertise and technologies to help testing the respective hypothesis.
●      A Bayer contact to help you with any questions; this may lead to opportunities for further collaboration with Bayer. 

Maximal budget: € 125,000


Networking calls

European Cooperation in Science and Technology (COST) - Open call

Deadline: September 5, 2019
Tags: Networking, Consortium, Bottom-up 

The European Cooperation in Science and Technology (COST) provides international research funding for researchers and innovators to set up interdisciplinary research networks in Europe and beyond, this can include all fields of science and technology.

Participants are invited to submit COST Action proposals contributing to the scientific, technological, economic, cultural or societal knowledge advancement and development of Europe. Multi- and interdisciplinary proposals are encouraged.The Open Call Action proposal submission, evaluation, selection and approval (SESA) procedure is fully science and technology-driven and will ensure a simple, transparent and competitive proposal evaluation and selection process, reflecting the bottom-up, open and inclusive principles of COST.

Participants planning to submit a proposal for a COST Action will need to refer to the SESA guidelines on the Documents and Guidelines page. 

Maximal budget: about € 100,000


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NWO Dutch National Research Agenda - Matchmaking events

Deadline: any moment before December 31, 2019, but at least six weeks before the date of the planned 
Tags: Networking, Consortium, Thematic 

Researchers who are employed at Dutch knowledge institutions can submit proposals for the organisation of matchmaking events, within one or more of the 25 routes of the Dutch National Research Agenda (NWA) from the portfolio for Research and Innovation. The purpose of the Matchmaking events is to form (new) consortia across the entire knowledge chain and developing proposals for innovative research.  

NWO believes it is important to financially support consortia within the 25 routes of the Dutch National Research Agenda (NWA) with the organisation of matchmaking events, which have the aim of forming (new) consortia across the entire knowledge chain and developing proposals for innovative research.  

Maximal budget: € 10.000