Chapter 4 Funding

Partnerships: Funding

Top Sector Life Sciences & Health (LSH) supports innovative research realised by public-private partnerships (PPP) in the LSH sector. With the ongoing Match Call, research organisations, health foundations and companies (start-ups, SMEs and industry) are invited to jointly invest in research and development (R&D) for the benefit of evidence-based innovation. By doing this, they will jointly help build a strong and sustainable LSH sector that contributes to the global challenge “Health and Care”.

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The outbreak of COVID-19 has overshadowed the beginning of 2020. While the whole world is uniting forces and battling the disease, it is still very uncertain how the situation will develop.


COVID-19 belongs to the coronaviruses (CoV), which is a large family of RNA viruses and are known to result in respiratory infections. In origin, CoV are zoonotic, but they can evolve into diseases that spread to humans and which can ultimately lead to fatal illness.

The first time the world was shook by a large CoV outbreak was in 2002/2003 with the severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS-CoV) in China. In 2012, another variant of the coronavirus hit the Middle East hard with the Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV).

Taking action

COVID-19 was officially declared a pandemic on 11 March 2020. To prevent the disease from spreading, research projects have been set up at a rapid pace. International stakeholders in the public and private sector are collaborating to contain the spread of the COVID-19 and to prevent future outbreaks. Click here to stay up to date on COVID-19 funding opportunities.

Since the foundation of Top Sector Life Sciences & Health (LSH; Health~Holland), it has supported numerous projects with research into coronaviruses. Four of these projects are shortly outlined below.

A growing number
of thematic calls

In 2017, Top Sector LSH and the Association of Dutch Health Foundations (SGF) started with their first joint thematic call on chronic illnesses, known as the “Beter Gezond” call. Joining forces to tackle shared challenges continued with an unrivalled number of thematic calls in 2019, such as Big Data & Health, Organs-on-Chip and Type 2 Diabetes or in collaboration with the Dutch Cancer Society, Netherlands Center for One Health and the Association of Dutch Health Foundations. Below you will find an overview of upcoming thematic calls in 2020!

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