Scientific Quality

The main task of the Scientific Quality Committee (SQC) is to advise the Directors of Amsterdam Public Health (APH) on their scientific quality policy, and to support the quality of research within APH. The Committee does this by facilitating the embedding and peer review of research projects, and  by providing information and tools to improve the quality of research.

Embedding research projects within Amsterdam Public Health

Within AMC and VU/VUmc all research projects need to be embedded within a research institute. The Amsterdam  Public Health research institute (APH) has started  embedding its research projects from January 1, 2018 onwards. Every project* that will be carried out within APH needs to be registered to the Scientific Quality Committee by the PI or project leader.

The request for embedding of a project can be sent to aph.sqc@vumc.nl and should consist of the research proposal accompanied by this form of which at least part A is completed. Embedding of a project should take two weeks at most. The submitted research project will be judged by the relevant APH program leaders on suitability and relevance to the preferred research program. All embedded projects will be registered in a project database.

*A project is a scientific study which should lead to a scientific publication. The scope of a research proposal may differ; for example a new project that uses existing cohorts or registrations can be relatively short.

Reviewing WMO research proposals by the APH Scientific Quality Committee

Within APH, it is recommended that all research projects that fall under the remit of the Medical Research Involving Human Subject Act (WMO) should be reviewed by the APH Scientific Quality Committee. Within VU/VUmc, an approval of a local science committee of a research institute is required before a research proposal can be submitted to the METc. Within AMC/UvA there is no obligation or tradition to review research proposals centrally. However, the AMC/UvA PI’s are recommended to have their proposals provided with feedback by the Scientific Quality Committee as well.

Reviewing non-WMO research proposals by the APH Scientific Quality Committee

Research proposals that do NOT fall under the remit of the Medical Research Involving Human Subject Act (niet-WMO) can be reviewed by the Scientific Quality Committee upon request.  

The request for peer review of a project can be sent to aph.sqc@vumc.nl, and should consist of the research proposal accompanied by this review form, of which at least part A and B are completed. The peer review of a research proposal should take two weeks at most.

Program grant proposals

Sometimes proposals are submitted for which a so called program grant has been awarded. For these kind of projects, an additional form should be completed,  Form D.

More info and contact

APH is a new institute with affiliations in four different organizations, so it obviously takes time to align our procedures with prevailing procedures and existing systems in all organizations involved. We hope for your understanding in this transition. Questions or remarks can be addressed to the APH Quality Officer Miranda Bos-Pronk, at m.bos-pronk@vumc.nl or to the Scientific Quality Committee, at aph.sqc@vumc.nl.

Checklist: What to submit

Project proposal (in PDF) with:


O Part A: I want to embed my research proposal within APH (compulsory) download form >>

O Part B: I want to have my research proposal peer reviewed download form >>

O Part C: The main researcher of my proposal is appointed at a VU/VUmc department download form >>

O Part D: My proposal is (part of) a program grant download form >>


Part A, B and C are in the Embedding and Review Form; Part D  is a separate form.

***Review***

The embedding process experienced by researcher Mireille Dekker: From January 1, 2018 onwards the Amsterdam Public Health research institute (APH) has started embedding its research projects within a research institute. The request for embedding of a project means the research proposal is reviewed by the APH Scientific Quality Committee.  With this application a request for peer review is an option. I must admit, we were a bit reluctant to this extra procedure, and unsure whether this would be worthwhile. ... read more >>