Implementation projects

Ideas made possible

Implementation projects  are not available in Call 2017-II. The next window for proposal applications will be in 2018. Exact data will be announced soon.


The funding type Implementation Projects aims to facilitate and fund concrete applications in the field of oncology that have already been positively evaluated in scientific research (with demonstrable added value compared to current practice) and thus to make them accessible to the target group (patient/public) at a national level, so that everyone within the target group will receive the same healthcare offerings.


Implementation Projects offer project financing for activities required to achieve the implementation of concrete applications in the Netherlands. These applications should fall within the field of combating cancer / cancer control and should be of demonstrable added value compared to the current practice, at national level.

Implementation Projects that satisfy the following criteria or characteristics will be eligible: 
  • ​Concrete applications in the fight against cancer that are already developed and for which the safety has been established and which have been evaluated positively in a completed clinical study, with demonstrable added value compared to the current practice (in terms of quality improvement or cost efficiency).
  • Concrete applications must be sufficiently validated and ready for implementation, meaning there must be sufficient evidence upon which the implementation is justified.
  • Concrete applications which can be expected to make a substantial contribution (directly upon implementation or otherwise within five years after completion of the implementation process) to the KWF’s mission objectives: less cancer, more cures and a better quality of life.
  • Concrete applications that will only be used or researched in a research context or on a small scale (for example, within a single centre), but which can eventually be offered on a national scale. The final optimisation of a concrete application that includes scaling up from local to regional and eventually to national use can be a part of the Implementation Project.
  • Concrete applications that have been developed in an academic setting and are now possessed or managed by a private party, but still require specific implementation activities.
  • Implementation Projects may include a foreign component, provided that the project’s main focus lies in the Netherlands and that it will be implemented in the Netherlands.
  • Implementation research (analysis of the barriers and facilitators to the implementation or testing the chosen implementation strategy on effectiveness) can be submitted as part of the Implementation Project, as long as this is linked to the effective implementation of a provable, concrete application in the fight against cancer. The central focus of the application must be the (practical) implementation of the concrete application and not the implementation research beforehand.  

Eligibility Conditions

  • There is no guideline for the duration of the Implementation Project. However, detailed justification has to be provided. 
  • Because of the great diversity of implementation activities and related work fields, there is no guideline for a budget application. However, detailed justification has to be provided. Furthermore, keep in mind that, if applicable, each implementation phase (e.g., implementation research, organization, practical implementation) has to be addressed in separate work packages.
  • Involvement of clinical and/or other researchers who were involved in the development of the concrete application is desirable.
  • Involvement of end users of the concrete application (implementer and recipient) is desirable.
  • The project leader is not required to hold a PhD.
  • The project leader, or at least one member of the project team, must work a minimum of 0.5 FTE per year in the Dutch organisation (university, medical centre, research institute, non-profit organisation) that is specified as the lead institute. The lead institute can be a peripheral hospital or other non-profit organisation.
  • The project leader must have significant experience with implementation and put together a project team that feels a sense of ownership for the product OR the project leader must have a sense of ownership for the product and put together a project team with knowledge of implementation.
  • A private party cannot be the main organisation for an Implementation Project, but may be involved as a participating organisation. If a private party is involved in the Implementation Project then a consortium agreement is required before the start of the project.

Application procedure

Implementation projects  are not available in Call 2017-II. The next window for proposal applications will be in 2018. Exact data will be announced soon.

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All the necessary information about the pilot Implementation Projects can be found in the Guidelines.
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