Project Recovery during the COVID-19 crisis

The outbreak of COVID-19 and the measures taken against it have affected us all. The closure of many laboratories, the (temporary) termination of clinical research, etcetera have impacted the execution, duration and financing of research. This situation requires flexibility and creativity. Top Sector Life Sciences & Health (Health~Holland) feels it has a joint responsibility for finding solutions to ensure the good progress and completion of all studies.

The project recovery team

Health-Holland has composed a multidisciplinary team consisting of representatives of the university medical centres/universities, health foundations and the Netherlands Enterprise Agency. The team focuses on identifying the effects of the COVID-19 outbreak on research projects and what is necessary and possible to maintain progress in these projects.

Extension and funding opportunities

Has your public-private partnership research project been affected by the COVID-19 outbreak? And does your public-private partnership research project receive PPP Allowance directly or indirectly from Top Sector Life Sciences & Health? Then you can apply for possible extension and/or extra funding. As funding is limited, we would like to ask you to consider the ‘must haves’ to reach the project goal versus the ‘nice to haves’. Applications can be submitted from 1 to 31 August 2020.

More information

Please download the TKI-LSH Project Recovery Call 2020  description below to read more about the call and the requirements for applications. Contact Andrea Stavenuiter to get more information or assistance in the application process in case you receive PPP Allowance for your project directly from Health~Holland. For Project Coordinators receiving PPP Allowance via their own institution or health foundation, please contact and report to them. 

For LSH-colleagues involved in our public-private projects and interested in innovation resilience we, from the LSH-project recovery team, recommend to take notice of this elegant paper (published in 2017) of TNO-colleagues Peter Oei. Likewise, if you or your colleagues would recommend other papers or websites as well that have helped you out with your project during this COVID-19-crisis, please do not hesitate to inform us via We may be able to share the paper/link with the LSH-colleagues via our website, like we did with this paper of Peter Oei. By doing so we assist each other during this crisis and jointly create a positive side-effect of solidarity and support.