Two voucher types


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.


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.


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.