Six medical-technological research projects into cardiovascular disease granted

21 November 2019

Six research projects have been awarded funding from the joint open call from the Innovative Medical Devices Initiative (IMDI) and the Dutch Cardio Vascular Alliance (DCVA): Heart for sustainable care. These research projects are aimed at the development of medical technology for the earlier detection and better treatment of cardiovascular diseases. The projects also contribute to the sustainability of health care in the Netherlands by reducing the demand for care and / or solving the shortage of care personnel while maintaining accessibility.

A total of 67 project ideas were submitted. Six of these projects ultimately received funding (an overview can be found below). The aim of the programme is to prevent damage to cardiovascular patients, to prevent patients from becoming even more ill - or worse - from becoming chronically ill. This reduces the disease burden due to cardiovascular disease and the care for people with cardiovascular disease remains manageable in the future.

Cardiovascular diseases are one of the most common conditions in the Netherlands. At the moment there are approximately 1.4 million patients with cardiovascular disease in the Netherlands and this number is expected to rise to 1.9 million in 2030. New technology is desperately needed to put a halt to this increase.


IMDI is a joint programme of NWO and ZonMw. They are united in the DCVA together with the Hartstichting and nine other organisations. It is these three parties who have made the funding of five million euros available for this call. Half of this amount is funded by the Hartstichting and the rest by NWO and ZonMw.

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Granted projects

  • HEROES: Home-based ExeRgaming fOr Enhancing resistance to falls after Stroke - Dr. Vivian Wedesteyn (Radboudumc)

  • Deep neural networks for ECG interpretation and home cardiac monitoring - Prof. dr. Pieter Doevendans (UMC Utrecht)

  • Device-based rate versus rhythm control treatment in patients with symptomatic recent-onset atrial fibrillation in the emergency department (RACE 9) - Drs. Nikki Pluymaekers (Maastricht UMC+)

  • ArmCoach4Stroke: An interactive tool for self-directed, homebased and personalized arm rehabilitation after stroke - Dr. Hans Bussmann (ErasmusMC)

  • Video monitoring FOR early Signaling of adverse EvEnts (FORSEE) - Prof. dr. ir. Jan Bergmans (Eindhoven University of Technology)

  • eCG family clinic: the electronic Cardiovascular Genetic family clinic to facilitate genetic screening in family members - Prof. dr. Peter van Tintelen (UMC Utrecht)

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Source: NWO


Science area

Applied and Engineering Sciences Medical Sciences


Innovative Medical Devices Initiative (IMDI)


Ms. dr. ir. Anke Stekelenburg (Senior programme officer) Ms. dr. ir. Anke Stekelenburg (Senior programme officer) +31 (0)30 6001314


Mr. dr. ir. Arjen Bergsma (Programme officer) Mr. dr. ir. Arjen Bergsma (Programme officer) +31 (0)30 6001241


Ms. dr. W. (Wieke) Haakma (Programme officer) Ms. dr. W. (Wieke) Haakma (Programme officer) +31 (0)30-6001296


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