Two voucher types 

The Pioneers in Healthcare Innovation Fund pioneers both by developing new technology for clinical problems, and by exploring the possibilities to use existing technology for new medical applications.

Both routes act on the cutting edge of care and technology. The solution of a clinically relevant problem can only be achieved through collaboration between technical researchers and clinicians. The clinicians learn about the opportunities and new insights that technology offers. The technical researchers gain understanding of the clinical problem and develop technology with clinical relevance.

In 2020, two types of vouchers will represent these pioneering routes. For both types of vouchers, €60,000,- is available per project.

New in 2020: Reggeborgh contributes to the PIHC fund, allowing us to award an extra voucher. For this voucher, no additional criteria are defined.  

Technological pioneering in healthcare

The first type of voucher 'Technological pioneering in healthcare' is intended for the (further) development of a new technology for a specific clinical challenge. Clinicians provide essential knowledge and input from medical practice. In the assessment procedure of 'Technological pioneering in healthcare' proposals, the ‘technological-scientific challenge’ will be a more important criterion.

Applying technology in healthcare

The second type of voucher 'Applying technology in healthcare' are projects that examine how technology with a proven track record (within or outside healthcare) can be used for a new application, such as another disorder, a different target group, or use in a different environment. As the technology is already more mature, the results can be of significance in the relatively short term in healthcare. In the assessment procedure of 'Applying technology in healthcare' proposals, ‘clinical impact’ will be a more important criterion.

Who can apply?

Project teams of at least a researcher employed by the UT or Saxion and a medical professional employed by MST, ZGT or Deventer Hospital can submit a proposal. Project teams can be extended with additional members or partners outside the PIHC partners. 
Main applicant has proven experience in doing scientific / clinical research. For UT researchers this means a completed PhD research. 

Researchers or clinicians who have previously been granted a PIHC voucher, can only apply for a new voucher, when they start a new collaboration, develop new technology or focus on a new application, and when they can prove the previous project has been carried out successfully.

Additional parties

Good collaboration between the PIHC partners is essential within the projects. It may be valuable to involve additional parties, but this is not a requirement. For example, additional parties can facilitate the development of (parts of) the technology. It is also possible to involve parties that can bring projects closer to the clinical practice, for example organizations that play a role in the (changing) healthcare process or end-users, such as general practitioners, patient organizations, nursing homes and home care organizations.

Additional parties that purely work on a commissioned basis should be included in the budget of one of the PIHC partners. Additional parties that are closely involved in the research project need to sign the project collaboration agreement with the related rights and obligations.


Research proposals should be submitted in the web application, that you will find on this page after the Matchmaking event on September 8, 2020. Please use the PIHC Proposal 2020 Format for your research proposal and the PIHC Financial Plan 2020 Format for your financial plan (will be updated soon). To submit a Dutch proposal use the Dutch formats. A Dutch and English title, keywords and public summary will be included in all proposals. 

Criteria for submission

  • Innovative project on the cutting edge of medicine and technology;
  • The project is a collaborative effort of at least a researcher of the UT or Saxion and a medical professional of MST, ZGT or Deventer Hospital;
  • The project answers a clear clinical need;
  • The project is technically-scientifically challenging and has an impact on healthcare;
  • The proposal format is used and guidelines are followed.
  • A financial plan according to the PIHC format is attached, with a maximum requested budget of €60,000.

Submit your proposal here
Go to the web application

Timeframe PIHC 2020

  • Matchmaking event: Tuesday 8 September 2020
  • PIHC2020 call open: Wednesday 9 September 2020
  • Deadline proposals: Monday 26 October 2020 12.00h
  • Awarding of vouchers: xxx January 2021 (t.b.a.)
  • Deadline start projects: 31 July 2021. Please note: vouchers of projects that have not started at 31 July 2021 will be withdrawn. 
  • Deadline project end: 12 months after start of the project, ultimately 31 July 2022