Grants & Funding

last update February 9, 2017

General information - Grant Desks/Offices AMC & VUmc

Research funding support is offered to AMC researchers and VU or VUmc researchers at  their respective grant offices.

Personal grants: depending on the employment institution of the applicant, the relevant office must be contacted, i.e. Grants Desk VU/VUmc (E: for personal grants only) or AMC Research Office (E: to enter the support group trajectory.

Collaborative projects: depending on the legal entity registered in the application (AMC, VUmc or VU), applicants are advised to inform their respective research support offices to enter the support trajectory such as the EU grants support trajectory, i.e. AMC Research Office grants support (E:, or Grants Desk VU/VUmc (E:

Do not hesitate to contact us if you have specific questions. The AMC Research office together with the VU/VUmc grants desk can arrange presentations for the institutes to discuss research funding opportunities and support.


National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases – deadline 19 March Next generation multipurpose prevention technologies (R61/R33) More information >>

National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism – deadline 20 March Medications development for the treatment of alcohol use disorder (U01 clinical trial optional) More information >>

EU Horizon 2020

Horizon 2020 Health 2018-2020: Deadline April 18, 2018 Obligatory internal registration for EU Grants Support A brilliant research idea with an European network and in need of funding? Always too late for the deadline of a call? Contact us to check out the grants support services we offer. Better Health and care, economic growth and sustainable health systems: Single-stage calls. Calls open: 7 November 2017 / Calls close: 18 April 2018. For information about calls and programme contact AMC Research Office grants support or Grants Desk VU/VUmc.

EU Horizon 2020: Societal Challenges - Horizon prize for improved mobility for older people This opportunity will be available soon. The next call is expected to open at the end of November 2017 and close in February 2018. The following information is subject to change. This supports projects that develop innovative and sustainable mobility solutions for improving the travel mobility of older people who are aged over 65. The prize is worth €2 million. More information >>

EU Horizon 2020 - Excellent Science - Health programme calls 2018 (indicative deadlines in April 2018) The calls will officially open in October 2017. The calls for EU collaborative projects on Health are indicated to open autumn 2017 with full stage application deadlines in April 2018. We invite you to check our updated intranet pages for more information. The AMC supports H2020 applicants with the internal acquisition grant. This grant is aimed to stimulate and support coordinators submitting proposals for collaborative projects. The next calls for the AMC acquisition grants are scheduled in autumn 2017. For more information on the acquisition grant go to the intranet page. For information about calls and programme contact AMC Research Office grants support or Grants Desk VU/VUmc.

Horizon 2020: Excellent Science- H2020-MSCA-RISE-2018 Marie Sklodowska-Curie research and innovation staff exchange, single stage – deadline 21 March This supports international and inter-sector collaboration through research and innovation staff exchanges, and sharing of knowledge and ideas from research to market. The top-up allowance of the seconded staff member is €2,100 per month. Institutional costs of €2,500 a month may also be covered. More information>>

Horizon 2020 Health 2018-2020: Deadlines in April Topics for H2020 2018. Health calls for collaborative projects include:

---SC1-BHC-05-2018: International flagship collaboration with Canada for human data storage, integration and sharing to enable personalized medicine approaches

---SC1-BHC-03-2018: Exploiting research outcomes and application potential of the human microbiome for personalized prediction, prevention and treatment of disease

---SC1-HCO-10-2018: Coordinating European brain research and developing global initiatives

---SC1-BHC-15-2018: New anti-infective agents for prevention and/or treatment of neglected infectious diseases (NID)

---SC1-BHC-16-2018: Global Alliance for Chronic Diseases (GACD) - Scaling-up of evidence-based health interventions at population level for the prevention and management of hypertension and/or diabetes.

Do you plan to submit a proposal in H2020 programmes for the coming years 2018-2019? As a participant or as a coordinator? In order to plan support for applicants in H2020 proposals, contact AMC Research Office grants support or Grants Desk VU/VUmc.


KNAW - Academy Colloquia (deadline 1 March 2018) Academy Colloquia are small, exclusive expert meetings, hosted and funded by the Academy. They are held at the Academy’s Trippenhuis Building in Amsterdam. The aim is to bring together a select international group of no more than fifty top researchers to discuss a subject in which key innovations are expected.The Academy contributes a maximum sum of EUR 6500 a day. A maximum of EUR 3500 is available to organise a related master class for at least 15 PhD candidates. The Academy also makes all the practical arrangements. More information >>

KNAW - Academy Van Walree Grants (deadline 1 February, 1 June and 1 October 2018) The Academy Medical Sciences Fund makes Academy Van Walree Grants available for medical students at the Dutch university who will be giving a presentation at a foreign conference. Promising medical students, who have not yet taken their finals in medicine, can apply for a grant of EUR 1,000 maximum to attend a foreign conference. At this conference they have to present the results of the research they conducted during their research internship. More information >>


ZonMw Off road grants – deadline 3 April 2018 These encourage young biomedical, health care and technical researchers to develop new and innovative ideas in medical and health care research. To apply for this grant, applicants must absolutely demonstrate that the project is ‘High Risk-High Gain’. A total budget of €1.7 million is available, with grants being worth up to €100,000 each for up to 18 months. More information >>

ZonMw TOP grants - deadline pre-application expected end March 2018. TOP grants fund innovative lines of research by a combination of research groups with an outstanding track record. It gives strong groups the opportunity to innovate in their research lines, in terms both of content and of collaboration. The funding is up to €675,000 per grant. The main applicant must be more than 15 years after PhD. External deadline for pre-applications (projectideeën) is expected end of March 2018. End of June 2018 the applicants will be advised whether to submit a full proposal. For this grant there is compulsory internal support for the full proposal. If you are considering to apply, please send an email to AMC Research Office grants support or Grants Desk VU/VUmc.

Netherlands Organisation for Health Research and Development (ZonMw)- Good use of drugs – big trials round 3 – deadline 20 March. This supports studies aiming to provide conclusive evidence on clinical effectiveness issues regarding the application of medicines in practice. Three to six projects with a project budget of at least €1m each will be funded.More information >>

Netherlands Organisation for Health Research and Development (ZonMw) - Gender and health – additional research call – deadline 27 March This supports research that contributes to understanding of sex and gender related issues pertaining to health based on existing databases or current research. Grants are worth up to €50,000 each for up to one year. More information >>

Netherlands Organisation for Health Research and Development (ZonMw) - Evaluation of the use of creative approaches leading to innovation in healthcare – deadline 22 March This supports the evaluation of the use of creative approaches leading to innovation in healthcare within ten research projects that were part of the E-Health Knowledge Base for Healthy and Active Ageing call. One grant worth €350,000 is available for up to three years. More information >>

Netherlands Organisation for Health Research and Development (ZonMw) - Evaluation research for the healthy school approach – deadline 20 March This supports evaluation research into the effects of the healthy school approach. One grant, worth up to €800,000, is available. More information >>

ERA-Net Neuron II - Joint call for research projects on mental disorders – deadline 8 March

This supports multinational, collaborative research projects that address important questions related to mental health and mental disorders. Grants cover a period of up to three years. More information >>


NWO - Westerdijk talent scheme (deadline 10 February 2018) This enables universities to appoint female researchers as a professor. A total budget of €5 million is available to appoint 100 female professors. An amount of €50,000 is available for each appointment. More information >>

Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) - Innovational research incentives scheme Vici awards – deadline 27 March These enable senior researchers to create their own research group, often in anticipation of a tenured professorship. Grants are worth up to €1.5 million each over five years. More information >>

Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) - Rubicon grants – deadline 29 March These offer researchers who have completed their doctorates in the past year the chance to gain experience at a research institution outside of the Netherlands. The total available budget is €2.28 million. More information >>

European Institute of Technology – Health Wild Card Projects – deadline 9 March 2018

Topics for 2018:

- SMART HEALTH: How to transform medical diagnostics with artificial intelligence and big data?

- FIGHT BACK: How to manage antibiotic resistance in European healthcare?

More information >>