Information for researchers

Are you a researcher and interested in the datasource of the Healthy Brain Study? Contact our projectmanager Lucy Overbeek: lucy.overbeek@radboudumc.nl

Do you have a research idea, but are you looking for collaborations? Please visit the Healthy Brain Team on Mattermost to meet researchers from Radboud Campus and to discuss research ideas.

How to reach the Healthy Brain Team?
For researchers with Radboud University credentials (U/S/E-number account)

Visit this link to sign-in/up to the Mattermost server and the Healthy Brain Team. Click GitLab and select the RU panel of the login form to sign-in/up with the Radboud University credentials.

For researchers without Radboud University credentials
Researchers without Radboud University credentials should request for a standard account. The request should be sent to the Healthy Brain Team via email, and it should contain the following information about the standard account:
  • your full name
  • your preferred login name
  • your email address (preferably the one from your affiliation)
Subsequently, you will receive credentials by email.

About the study

We want to understand the brain better. The Healthy Brain Study hopes to answer many questions about our brain in daily life.

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About the study

We have a dream! Our goal is to discover how the brain works and how the brain effects our daily lives. The Healthy Brain Study hopes to answer these questions. This is a unique, long-term study carried out by Radboud University, Radboudumc and the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, together with other organizations, and volunteers in their thirties.

Why choose a hamburger over a salad? How does a certain food ingredient influence your mood and your decision to buy a new car? How does sitting and sleeping influence the way you deal with stress? What makes you decide to buy a house and which street to live on? Do you feel better in a relationship or on your own? What determines whether you feel happy? In short, why do people do what they do? The brain plays a major role in these types of questions. The more we know about the brain, the more questions we can answer about how we function in our daily lives. That's why Radboud University, Radboudumc and the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics are working together on this special study that aims to unravel the ‘thirties brain’.

What influences the brain?
During the Healthy Brain Study, we aim to monitor and test a thousand thirty to forty-year-old volunteers from Nijmegen and the surrounding area. We’re selecting people in their thirties because their brains are no longer developing whilst the aging process has yet to start. Moreover, this group often has to deal with important life events that affect their well-being such as a career, a burnout, buying a house, having children or getting a divorce.

What contributes to happiness & vitality?
The Healthy Brain Study will investigate which social, biological and environmental factors influence the brain. Scientists can use the results to conduct new studies to resolve social issues. These can involve questions such as: how can I identify and prevent an upcoming burnout? With this new knowledge, we hope to learn how people can become happier, fitter, more self-reliant and more productive. We also aim to contribute to a more sustainable and affordable healthcare system.

Together!
Everyone can contribute. You, your family and friends, employers and entrepreneurs can take part. We can, hereby, all make a valuable contribution to this unique research.
 



Measures against corona virus

Test-days and intakes
We will continue with the Healthy Brain Study from July 15. All the relevant participants have been personally notified of this.
 
Extra questionnaires
Our participants have received an extra questionnaire concerning the media attention surrounding the corona virus. Examples of questions posed are ‘What are you doing to prevent being infected?’ and ‘Are you worried about becoming infected with the corona virus?’. We know that media coverage of certain topics can influence thoughts, feelings and behaviour in everyday life. This fits well within the scope of the Healthy Brain Study.

Team science subsidy

The aim of the Healthy Brain pre-seed subsidy is to support researchers from Radboud campus that plan to use the Healthy Brain Study for developing a grant-proposal (EU, national, regional) to fund a research project based on new collaborations crossing disciplines.

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Team science subsidy

Call for proposals - Healthy Brain Pre-Seed Team Science Subsidy

The aim of this pre-seed subsidy is to support researchers from Radboud campus that plan to use the Healthy Brain Study results for developing a grant-proposal (EU, national, regional) to fund a research project based on new collaborations crossing disciplines. This pre-seed subsidy can be used for instance for consortia building, for analysis of bio-samples and data collected by the Healthy Brain Study and required for the external grant application, or for the support in grant writing for collaborative projects. Regardless, it is important that the pre-seed subsidy supports new or intensified collaborations across campus and leads to a competitive submission of a proposal to an external grant provider.

What can the money be spent on (more concrete)?
E.g.:

  • participation in matchmaking/brokerage events, information days.
  • participation in relevant platforms, networks or committees (working groups, boards, etc.)
  • analysis of bio-samples and data collected by the Healthy Brain Study required for the intended grant-application
  • organize workshops, consortium-meetings with external partners, etc.
  • visits to (potential) consortium-partners
  • project development activities for collaborative proposals

Costs can include salary, consultancy (e.g. for grant application), subcontracted work, conference costs, travel expenses, etc.
The pre-seed money must be spent before the deadline of the call for external funding.

Criteria

  • A researcher is allowed to only join one pre-seed subsidy.
  • The pre-seed subsidy is a collaboration between researchers from at least three multiple disciplines working on Radboud campus.
  • Collaboration between disciplines is evident. The project’s aim cannot be met without the joint expertise of all team members.
  • The pre-seed subsidy and the envisioned external grant application builds upon Healthy Brain Data.
  • The application is of high (scientific) quality. When proposals are assessed as of equal quality, a newly set-up collaboration is favored over a pre-existing one.
  • The pre-seed subsidy represents a value of up to 25k€ and has to be supported by a clear budget plan. If analysis of bio-samples and data collected by the Healthy Brain Study is required, a maximum of 25k€ can be requested additionally.
  • The proposed external call is known and accompanying application deadlines are clear or at least indicated.
  • The project is feasible within the proposed time span. The project plan includes the steps towards a successful external grant application and maximizes the chance of obtaining external funding for the continuation of the project idea.
  • The project is innovative, can be both fundamental or applied and requires team science.

Evaluation and Selection
The scientific board of the Healthy Brain study reviews all proposals and submits a ranking to the Healthy Brain steering committee, which selects the to-be granted pre-seed subsidies.
Every member of the scientific board evaluates the proposals according to the following criteria: scientific quality (50%), feasibility of project and likelihood of obtaining external funding (35%), new collaboration across disciplines (15%). The following criteria for scientific quality are applied: challenging content, originality of the topic, innovative elements, potential to make an important contribution to the advancement of science, effectiveness of the proposed methodology, and scientific embedding of
the research. Projects that do not fulfill the general criteria and required focus will not be taken into consideration. The evaluation committee must come to final ranking based on individual rankings and discussion of proposals in the committee.

Time schedule
October 2, 2019: Healthy Brain campus meeting on Team Science, opening/publication of the pre-seed call
June 1, 2020, 23.59hr: Deadline for the submission of the proposal
June 2020: Applications will be evaluated by the scientific board
July 2020: Announcement of winning proposals
Before the end of 2020: Start of pre-seed projects
Submitted grant application at external funding body in 2021

For more information
Lucy Overbeek, project manager Healthy Brain Study, lucy.overbeek@radboudumc.nl

Attachments - Application form
 



Collaboration

Business development of the Healthy Brain Study

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Collaboration

The Healthy Brain Study is a unique, long-term study carried out by Radboud University, Radboudumc and the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, together with other organizations, and volunteers in their thirties.
The more we know about the brain, the more questions we can answer about how we function in our daily lives.

The Healthy Brain Study will investigate which social, biological and environmental factors influence the brain. Scientists can use the results to conduct new studies to resolve social issues. These can involve questions such as: how can I identify and prevent an upcoming burnout? With this new knowledge, we hope to learn how people can become happier, fitter, more self-reliant and more productive. We also aim to contribute to a more sustainable and affordable healthcare system.

We can all make a valuable contribution to this important research. That's why we want to involve organizations and entrepreneurs in Nijmegen and the surrounding area. With the data collected and research questions answered we can support the development of new innovations and encourage positive social impacts.

Our partners so far:

  • ARN
  • Nexperia
  • Gemeente Nijmegen
  • Radboud Universiteit
  • Radboudumc
  • Max Planck Instituut


If you are interested in collaborating in this exciting and innovative research project, please contact:

Arthur Willemsen, Business Developer Healthy Brain Study

arthur.willemsen@radboudumc.nl

06-30541668

 


 



Team science makes a difference!

For centuries, the individual, independent scientist – the genius – has been performing research on his own. However, nowadays, only focusing on this way of doing research is insufficient for resolving many questions of present-day science. Instead, we also need larger, systematic studies executed by teams of experts that go beyond collaborations between independent researchers. The Healthy Brain Study stimulates team science. Project leader Guillen Fernandez explains in his blog why we need this rebalancing towards ‘team science’ to achieve better results and better working conditions for the people involved.

Read Guillens Blog

Project team

Scientific Board