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The Netherlands institute for health services research (NIVEL)
The Netherlands institute for health services research (NIVEL)
Utrecht, Netherlands

The Netherlands institute for health services research (NIVEL)

Nivel positions itself on the crossroads between the scientific community, policymakers and the healthcare field (providers, insurance companies and patient organisations). Our motto is ‘Bringing worlds together’.

Over ons onderzoekNivel in two minutes

As the video shows, Nivel is active in the multidisciplinary field of scientific research on how health care is affected by: social factors, financing systems, organisational processes, health technology and personal behaviours. This research includes the examination of the quality and costs of health care and health and well-being in general.

Meer wetenNivel as a partner in international research: contact us!

Nivel is the only institute in the European region that is active in primary healthcare research. Interested in doing international research together with Nivel? Please contact us, we are looking forward to get in touch with you!

  • Our head of research unit Primary Care and of Support International Research Jeroen Hasselaar will tell you more about out ongoing international projects and about cooperating with Nivel as partner in health services research.
  • Our experts on the specific fields of healthcare research will tell you more about their field of expertise and about doing research with Nivel within this field. Take a look at their individual research programs!

About the Nivel institute and Nivel research in general:

HuisartsenpostNivel Institute, Utrecht, the Netherlands

The Nivel Institute is located in Utrecht, a city in the middle of the country. There are approximately 160 employees, of whom 100 are scientific staff, 40 perform functions related to research and 20 perform administrative functions. Starting in 1965 as the scientific institute of the Dutch College of General Practitioners, Nivel's domain has expanded gradually to primary care, secondary care and hospital care. Nowadays, Nivel's research covers the entire 'somatic' health care. Read more at Short history of Nivel.

Over ons onderzoekResearch for better care: our mission and core values

Nivel’s mission is Research for better care. Our mission statement indicates how we forfill this mission:
We carry out high quality health services research in the broadest sense, which has a demonstrable impact upon society. From out this mission we defined our core values: scientific quality and societal relevance and applied and applicable. At Mission and values we explain and make concrete how we carry out this mission and its related core values.

Pijler 3: Innovaties in de zorg ten gevolge van coronaHealth services research in the broadest sense: our experts and our expertise

Our healthcare services research is organised in a total of thirteen specific research programs covering the specific fields of expertise in healthcare research. Each research progam has its own research team, lead by a coordinator research program, who is one of our our experts: usually a professor with extensive research experience in the field concerned. Through interacting and collaborating the different teams can answer more complex societal questions and challenges.

Some of our international research projects

Our international projects cover a wide range of healthcare topics, such as:

  • Evaluation studies of the efficacy of innovations in healthcare, policy measures and health law
  • Scenario studies to predict developments in the need for healthcare or the supply of health care
  • International comparative studies regarding healthcare systems
  • Answering specific questions by using Nivel's knowledge base, e.g. evidence on the effectiveness of policy measures
  • Studies into treatment adherence
  • Studies into antimicrobial resistance
  • Studies into prescription behaviour of GPs

OrganisatieOrganisation structure

Nivel is a foundation. It has a Supervisory Board to supervise the way Nivel is lead. Nivel's internal organisational structure includes:

  • Management Board, consisting the exective director, the executive secretariat and the scientific staff.
  • Three research units: (1) Healthcare from the perspective of patients, clients ans citizens; (2) Primary Care; (3) Organisation and Management in Healthcare, each with a number of research programs and several  research support units.
  • General Affairs, containing several operational units such as Administration, IT, HRM and Corporate Affairs.

At Organistion structure you will find our organisational chart and more information about our individual units.


The formal structure of Nivel is a not-for-profit foundation. Our funding is based on several funding streams. We receive a longterm grant from the Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sports for our specific databases and panels and for our monitoring research infrastructure. Furthermore we receive external project grants from a wide variety of national and international funding organisations.

Meer wetenWant to know more? Contact us

Interested in more information about Nivel as national research institute? Please feel free to contact us. Our head of research Roland Friele will tell you more about Nivel as national scientific research institute.



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