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Healthy ​Ageing Pilots (HAP) – effectiveness studies

Within the UMCG funding is available to conduct small scale Health Technology Assessments and cost/ffectiveness studies with a focus on Healthy Ageing. The results of these studies can be used in supporting to obtain funding from similar programmes o​​n a larger scale (e.g, ZonMw). Thus promoting excellence in Clinical Research.

Healthy Ageing Pilots (HAP) – other than effectiveness

Project proposals not specifically addressing effectiveness, but with a focus on the ageing population will be considered for funding as well.

Project proposals are being judged in an open competition twice a year (springtime and autumn). Applications are valued on relevance, quality, and the degree of connection to one of the ZonMw ‘Doelmatigheidsonderzoek’ Programmes or other funding bodies of Clinical Research.
Funding will be provided under certain conditions as described on attachment B of the application form.

Application forms Healthy Ageing Pilots:


Applications can be written in Dutch or English and send to the Research Office: emailaddress

Deadline round 2017-1: Sunday 19 February 2017, 23.59 hrs.

The HAP-committee will discuss the applications on Tuesday 4 April 2017. Results will be communicated no later than the second week of May 2017.

Deadline round 2017-2: Sunday 3 September 2017, 23.59 hrs.

The HAP-committee will discuss the applications on Tuesday 17 October 2017. Results will be communicated no later than the third week of November 2017.
These 2 calls are the final calls on behalf of the UMCG Healthy Ageing Pilot Fund.

GERAS projects  (this call is closed for now)

GERAS (Groningen Epidemiologic Research into an Ageing Society) aims to stimulate research with a lifespan perspective: healthy ageing during or after disease. GERAS is focusing on the patients’ perspective and the quality and organization of healthcare. In addition, GERAS not only aims for the quality of medical care, but also the quality of paramedical and nursing care.

Support concerning content in (e.g.) ZonMw proposals

Clinical Research support is available from the Dept. of Epidemiology. Please contact: emailaddress or emailaddress.

Prior to application to ZonMw (or other National Clinical Research funding body), the proposals have to be signed by Prof. dr. M. Joëls, who is administratively responsible for these proposals; to be addressed as: “Prof. dr. M. Joëls, Dean of Research". The budget proposals should be checked by a member of Concern Control O&O (8th floor, De Brug), before handed in to the Research Office. The Research Office will arrange the signing of the proposals (sign off by the Dean of Research).