Population Health Information Research Infrastruture Health Information project on COVID-19

Setting up a research infrastructure to facilitate and generate the best available evidence for research on the health and well-being of populations impacted by COVID-19.

PHIRI for COVID-19, is a roll-out of the Distributed Infrastructure on Population Health (DIPoH). The aim is to share data and expertise between countries through a Health Information portal on population health in close interaction with key stakeholders in the health information landscape, in particular with ECDC, EUROSTAT, JRC, OECD, and WHO.

The project builds on the BRIDGE Health project and the Joint Action Infact. The three-year project PHIRI was launched in November 2020 and has 41 partners in 30 countries.

RIVMNational Institute for Public Health and the Environment role

RIVM  is the lead of Work Package 9 (WPP9), DGS/UNL has co-lead. 

WP9 aims to gain insight into possible future health impacts of the coronavirus outbreak, by developing scenarios for member states and associated countries’ national situation. It will collaborate with all WP’s to ensure consistency in semantics and methods where possible. From this, it will collectively also draw lessons for the EU. 

Objectives WP9

  • To get an overview of how European countries have been using foresight, modelling and preparedness regarding COVID-19.
  • To develop and provide foresight capacity (levelling the knowledge needed for performing foresight, reducing information inequalities, strengthening European data uniformity)

RIVM colleagues involved: Mariken Tijhuis and Henk Hilderink.


This project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 101018317.