Guide Infrastructure

Guide for Infrastructure in Cardiovascular Research

One of the aims of the Dutch CardioVascular Alliance (DCVA) is to strengthen cardiovascular research by increasing accessibility and reusability of existing and new data. For this, the DCVA is creating a national research infrastructure that facilitates cardiovascular science, allowing scientists to fully focus on excellent research to improve patient care.


This guide on research infrastructure can help you find the right services for composing your research proposal and executing your project. These services are offered by the Dutch CardioVascular Alliance and/or Health RI.

Clinical trials

  • Design and execution of clinical trials.
  • Access to network for cardiovascular research and monitoring.

Data management plan

Development and assessment of a data management plan to structure the process of data collection, storage and access.

Data access

Development and implementation of a ‘User and Access Policy’ (i.e. access to the data during and after the project, data sharing policy and technical organization of data transfer).

Data preservation

  • Implementation of the FAIR principles for data.
  • Sustainable data storage based on high quality metadata and clear documentation.

Data processing and analysis

Tooling for multi-omics data processing and analysis.

Data publication

Publication of data according to FAIR principles to make reuse of data possible.

Data collection and storage

Data collection and sustainable storage (clinical data, genetic data, imagery) including the technical infrastructure.

Data findability

Metadata storage in international (cardiovascular) directories to increase the findability of your data.

Ethical and legal questions

Best practices and advice on ethical and legal issues.

Involvement healthcare professionals

Participation of cardiovascular healthcare professionals in research, policy and quality of health care.

Patient registries

Set up and management of cardiovascular patient registries for research and outcome measurements.

Patient participation

Participation of cardiovascular patients in research projects, policy and quality of health care

Preclinical trials

(Pre-)registration of animal experiments to prevent duplication and (publication) bias and stimulate transparency and data sharing.

Project management

Project management including financial administration of (consortium-) projects

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