DATA2PERSON - Big Data & Health

Consortiums of academics and public/private parties can apply for funding for the development of effective, efficient, and responsible personal empowerment methods that promote a healthy society in the future.


With this call for the COMMIT2DATA programme, NWO, ZonMW, and the Ministry of Economic Affairs stimulate big data Research (Data Science) to contribute to the development of effective, efficient, and responsible personal empowerment methods for a future healthy society in partnership with other scientific disciplines. The focus of this programme is on the way in which Data Science can make a contribution to a personalized offer and possibilities for the self/joint management of the individual health situation. Important questions relating to this call are: What works and what doesn't? Why? Or why not? For who does it work, and for who doesn't it?

Who can apply

Applications can be submitted on behalf of consortiums consisting of at least two academic departments from a research institute or institutes and one public or private partner that alone, or together with multiple private and public partners, meets the private/public matching criteria.

The principal applicant is an experienced researcher with a PhD who has a tenured or temporary appointment at a Dutch university or a research institute recognized by the NWO for the duration of the application process and the project.
The same standards apply to academic co-applicants.
Private and public partners may be co-applicants and are not eligible to receive NWO funding, but contribute in cash and/or in kind to the research.
Researchers from universities of applied sciences, TO2 federation organizations, national institutes, and the non-university part of Wageningen University & Research may act as co-applicants as knowledge institutes but are not eligible to receive NWO funding.

What to apply for

The costs for the temporary appointment of academic staff and non-academic support staff for the project at the research institute are eligible for NWO funding and include staff such as software developers, lab technicians, etc., as are the project-specific costs for materials, trips, machines and other project-related costs. The maximum eligible amount for project-specific (non-staff) costs is set at a maximum of 30% of the total project budget to a maximum of 200,000 euro.

The total contribution (in cash and in kind) of the public and/or private partner(s) amounts to a minimum of 30% of the total project costs, or a maximum of 50%. The in kind and in cash contribution of the private and public partner(s) both amount to no less than 15% of the total project costs. NWO is responsible for the rest of the project costs.

The grant is a minimum of 250,000 euro and a maximum of 1 million euro.
The total project costs are no less than 500,000 euro and no more than 2 million euro.

When to apply

  • Deadline full proposals: 5 September 2017, 14.00 hours CEST.



1. academic quality (40%)
a. scientific approach;
b. clarity of focus and objectives;
c. feasibility;
d. innovative aspects;
e. balance between goals and available resources (budget, staff).
f. relevance to the COMMIT2DATA programme;
g. relevance to self/joint-management and/or personalization for health and expanding the possibilities for the management of personal health and care data.

2. Quality of the consortium (40%)
a. track record of the academic partners;
b. track record of the private and/or public partners;
c. synergy, complementarity, and added value of cooperation;
d. involvement of end users (citizens/patients) if relevant;
e. availability of infrastructure within the consortium, including data needed for the implementation of the project.

3. Knowledge utilization (20%)
a. quality of the knowledge utilization plan;
b. involvement of end users and partners;
c. ethical and legal feasibility;
d. extent of innovation;
e. connection and active contribution to the horizontal knowledge transfer within COMMIT2DATA.


Submitted applications will be assessed to ascertain whether they meet the formal requirements and whether they are suitable to the objective of the call. Applications that meet both of these criteria will be submitted to external referees. The applicant will be given an opportunity to respond to anonymized recommendations. An assessment committee discusses and prioritizes the applications during a meeting. The assessment committee's prioritization and recommendation is presented to the NWO Domain Science Board  who subsequently makes a decision.



Open for application


5 September 2017 14:00

Grant type



For applications, 5.225 million euro is available. NWO also reserved 275,000 euro for project management.

Science area

Exact and Natural Sciences Social Sciences and Humanities Applied and Engineering Sciences National Initiative Brain & Cognition


Creative Industry


Thematic research and public -private partnership (2015-2018)


COMMIT2DATA, Ministry of Economic Affairs


Dr. Astrid Zuurbier Dr. Astrid Zuurbier +31 (0)70 349 4553