RIVMNational Institute for Public Health and the Environment strives for innovation in various ways. For example, it carries out projects as part of our Strategic Programme (SPRStrategic Programme RIVM ). We use the SPR to do more than simply respond to direct questions from our commissioners; we also use it to prepare RIVM to respond to future issues in health and sustainability.

New problems in the field of public health and the environment require answers. Technological innovations generate new opportunities for providing these answers. We innovate and we collect new knowledge, all of which enables us to use the SPRStrategic Programme RIVM  topics to study the things that we believe will be of great social importance both now and in the future. We want to use this research to make a contribution to improvements to public health and the living environment in the Netherlands not just now but also in the future.

Every four years RIVMNational Institute for Public Health and the Environment identifies topics (spearheads) with a view to ensuring that we retain our focus on trends in society and science. RIVM employees can submit project proposals relating to these topics.

Strategic Programme RIVM 2019 - 2022

The current SPR focuses on eight themes: exposure and health effects, circular economy, sustainable care and prevention, integrated food policy, environment and health, safety and security, perception and behaviour and collection and analysis of data. More information on these themes and research projects.