Interactive work meeting on Big Data and Health for the prevention and early detection of cardiovascular disease


20 April 2018

The Dutch Heart Foundation, the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO), the Netherlands Organisation for Health Research and Development (ZonMw), the Top Sector Life Sciences and Health, and the Netherlands eScience Center are joining forces to together develop a public-private research programme under the umbrella of the Big Data research platform Commit2Data. This work meeting has been organised in order to prepare project proposals.

The aim of the Big Data & Health research programme

The aim of this programme is to exploit new and existing links between the health and life sciences, data science and the creative industries, in order to develop new approaches to the prevention and early detection of cardiovascular disease – approaches in which civilians and patients are accorded a central role. The Knowledge and Innovation Agenda ICT, LSH, ClickNL, and the concepts of vital function and positive health are its guiding principles.

The aim of the projects

The programme will comprise four to six different public-private scientific research projects, scaled at about €1.5 million per project. Each project will aim to answer important questions surrounding the prevention and early detection of cardiovascular disease, and will include scientific research in the areas of data science and the creative industry. These projects will be co-funded by a company or a social organisation (under certain preconditions).

The aim of the meeting

This work meeting is being held to give public-private consortia an opportunity to take (clearer) shape and to take steps towards a project proposal. The meeting will also present the frameworks, planning schedule and entry conditions of the research programme. All potential applicants and relevant consortia are therefore strongly urged to participate.

The work meeting will be held on Monday 2 and Tuesday 3 July 2018 (with an overnight stay, in principle).

Who is this work meeting for?

Public-private consortia eligible for funding must comprise at least two different university research groups, a company or social organization, civilians or patients, and one or more eScience Research Engineers appointed by the Netherlands eScience Center. With this in mind, this work meeting is intended for:

  • Researchers working in medicine, the health sciences, the life sciences, ICT, mathematics, the social sciences and humanities
  • Companies and social organizations working in this field
  • Civilians and patients


Applications to participate in this interactive meeting on Big Data and Health may be submitted until no later than 15 May 2018 via the application form.
Not attending, but interested in the call? Let us know by sending an email to

More information

For questions and more information, feel free to contact any of the following people:

NWO Domain Science
Astrid Zuurbier, coördinator,

The Dutch Heart Foundation   
Deborah Alfarez,

Inge Valstar,

 NWO Domain Social Sciences and Humanities
Janneke van Kersen,

Top Sector Life Sciences and Health
Jolande Zijlstra,

The Netherlands eScience Center  
Frank Seinstra,

Source: NWO