Netherlands Organisation for Health Research and Development (ZonMw)
The Netherlands Organisation for Health Research and Development (ZonMw) aims to contribute to important, innovative and high-quality medical and biomedical research. That is why it has been developing, accepting and implementing animal-free models for over 20 years already, with the aim of achieving better research results for humans and reducing animal testing where possible and necessary.
More Knowledge with Fewer Animals programme
ZonMw therefore funds research on developing animal-free models. This is managed through the More Knowledge with Fewer Animals programme (MKMD, Meer Kennis met Minder Dieren). The programme unites parties and encourages the use of animal-free models in practice. ZonMw is also dedicated to making the results of animal testing more effective, including by making the results easier to find and reuse.
The MKMD programme comprises modules with their own goals, conditions, possible collaboration partners and subsidy rounds.
ZonMw is carrying out the MKMD programme on the commission of the Ministry of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality. It is therefore working closely together with TPI programme partners and other relevant parties, including:
- the Dutch society for the Replacement of Animal Testing (Stichting Proefdiervrij) (Dutch);
- Top Sector Life Sciences & Health (Health~Holland);
- the Dutch Research Council (NWO);
- the Association of Health Funds (SGF, Samenwerkende Gezondheidsfondsen) (Dutch)
ZonMw promotes healthcare research and innovation
The Netherlands Organisation for Health Research and Development (ZonMw) works towards good health for everyone. It funds health research for this purpose. ZonMw also encourages the use of the knowledge developed and signals where more knowledge is needed. For this reason, ZonMw develops programmes and finances projects for research and innovation. It engages experts by experience, policymakers and professionals from the field as well as from education to develop knowledge and apply it in practice.