Pioneers in Health Care

Assessment procedure

Proposal requirements

The receipt of the research proposal will be confirmed. Next, it will be determined whether the proposal meets the general requirements with regard to composition of project group and proposal format (completeness, size and inclusion of a budget plan.  

Assessment of the proposal

The PIHC Innovation Fund has appointed an assessment committee representing all four partners of the fund to assess and evaluate the submitted proposals (max. 2 persons per partner). The committee consists of 

  • representatives (professors) of the Technical Medical Centre of the UT
  • the management teams of the academies of MST and ZGT or their representatives; 
  • manager Science & Innovation of Deventer Hospital
  • the strategy and policy advisor(s) of Menzis;
  • lectors from Saxion. 

Each of the founding partners in the assessment committee score the submitted proposals on an assessment form with all criteria as described below. Projects can score a total of 10 to 50 points based on all criteria.  

The scores and discrepancies in the scores are being discussed in a meeting of the assessment committee. A unanimous advice concerning the awarding of the vouchers to the projects will be presented to the board of the PIHC Innovation Fund.  

Decision to award the vouchers

The board of the PIHC Innovation fund will make the ultimate decision in the awarding of the vouchers to projects. The board consists of 

  • the scientific director of the TechMed Centre of the UT; 
  • the chairmen or members of the Board of Directors of MST, ZGT and Deventer Hospital;
  • a representative of the Board of Directors of Menzis;
  • a member of the Executive board of Saxion. 

The UT, MST, ZGT, DZ and Saxion make the final decision. Menzis will decide on their contribution to vouchers that fit the specific objectives of the health insurer.

The vouchers will be awarded during a PIHC event for which all applicants are invited. 

Assessment criteria (1-5 points each)

  • Clinical relvance (factor 2)
  • Challenge (factor 2 or 1)
  • Plan of action (factor 2)
  • Synergy (factor 2)
  • Longterm collaboration (factor 1)
  • Impact on healthcare (factor 1 or 2)
  • Valorisation and/or implementation (factor 1)

For the Menzis voucher

  • Efficiency and quality improvement under the criterion impact on healthcare
  • The right care at the right place: Preventing (more expensive) care, moving care (closer to home) and replacing care (with other care, such as e-health)