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Grants, Funding & Financial Issues


​​As a researcher, you have to deal with financial issues such as funding and drafting research budgets or financial reports. The UMCG provides a variety of services to help you with these issues. 

Se​​rvice overview

Several parties are available within the UMCG to assist with grants and funding.

We distinguish three types of funding for research: consortium grants from the European Union (H2020) or National sources (ZonMW), individual grants (e.g. Veni, Vidi or an ERC) and private funding from companies (public–private partnerships).

The Grant Support Hub supports pre-award applications by organising presentations and workshops on funding opportunities, arranging departmental or individual funding scans, or providing a project manager. The Research Office offers support with individual grants through training for researchers and internal committee reviews. The Research BV​, a private entity within the UMCG, can provide pre- and post-award project managers and editing services on a flexible basis. The Centre for Development and Innovation helps researchers applying for public–private partnership funds or collaborative activities.

All projects involving clinical trials within the scope of the WMO (Medical Research Involving Human Subjects Act) need monitoring services, and the initiator of the study (the sponsor/“de verrichter”) should incorporate monitoring in the research budget. The Service desk Clinical Research Office (Service desk CRO) provides costs calculations and can formulate a monitor plan, if requested by the National source (ZonMW). In collaboration with Informatie Management Onderzoek (IMO)​​​, the Service desk CRO helps also with cost calculations for broader services, thus facilitating the trial and a good research infrastructure (e.g. database design, data validation, randomization, safety management and clinical project management services). ​​

The UMCG also provides support on several financial issues associated with research, categorised in first, second, third, fourth flow of funds.

  • First flow: funds delivered directly to the universities by the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science to be used for Education and Research.
  • Second flow: funds from the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science distributed among universities according to granted research projects (open competition) via institutes (NWO/KNAW).
  • Third flow: all research and education funds obtained in the “free market” for non-commercial research, including charities, institutes, governments (e.g. European Union, Dutch government, NWO) or local authorities (e.g. provinces, SNN).
  • Fourth flow: all research and education funds obtained in the "free market" for commercial research (contract research), including funding from charities, institutes, governments (e.g. European Union, Dutch government, NWO), industry, or local authorities (e.g. provinces, SNN).

​Doelm​​​atigheid | Cost-effectiveness | Economic evaluation | Budget​ impact

A number of grant programs, for instance ZonMw Doelmatigheid, require a cost-effectiveness analysis and a budget impact analysis to be performed as a part of the proposed research. The unit of Patient-centered Health Technology Assessment (HTA) , offers support where it concerns:

  • The design of a cost-effectiveness study, including advice on what instruments and techniques to use.
  • Writing the cost-effectiveness and budget impact paragraphs in the grant proposal.
  • Assessing health-related quality of life using state of the art methods.
  • Estimating the expected ‘concrete revenues’, both clinical and monetary, of an intervention or innovation.
  • Performing or supervising the cost-effectiveness and budget impact analyses.

Contact unit HTA, for advice, help, or questions: 

Mrs. Aukje van der Zee (Secretary); 3rd floor Triadegebouw; +31-503610738; Contact.​

The Office for External Project Funds (EPF) (Bureau Externe Project financiering) provides support by reviewing drafted research budgets. In addition, the EPF can also calculate an internal and external budget to estimate the difference (project result).

Support with arranging legal contracts is provided by the Loket Contract Research. If you are not sure of the support you need, please contact the Service desk CRO.​