KNCV Knowledge Institute

The KNCV Knowledge Institute brings together the research and innovation expertise within our network. The Knowledge Institute aims to showcase our track record in research and innovation related to TB-associated health issues, and health systems.

KNCV Knowledge Institute objectives

The KNCV Knowledge Institute objectives are:

  1. To ensure that KNCV-supported innovations are at the forefront of research and development in the field, with a focus on quality assurance. Any innovations that prove to be effective will be effectively communicated and widely applied across KNCV-supported countries and beyond. This will facilitate national, regional, or global scale, as appropriate.
  2. To formalize relationships with universities and training institutes, to ensure that they are mutually beneficial and promote clear knowledge transfer. This involves consolidating and structuring the KNCV internship and exchange program. This will enhance KNCV’s expertise in TB and related health issues and support the development of future leaders in the field.

To establish KNCV as a reference centre for TB research, innovation, and project implementation, we are undertaking a systematic effort to raise awareness of our existing resources.


KNCV Knowledge Institute expected outcomes by 2025:

  • KNCV-supported research and innovations are easily accessible and visible on the KNCV websites worldwide and in KNCV communications
  • KNCV research network mapped, clearly displayed on KNCV websites worldwide and up to date
  • KNCV alumni network formed and engaged for dissemination and feedback
  • KNCV Knowledge Institute newsletter published at least twice a year and disseminated across KNCV worldwide, the KNCV research network and partners
  • All study protocols are reviewed by the KNCV ERB
  • The proceedings of KNCV ERB meetings are systematically documented
  • A social scientist involved in all qualitative research at KNCV 


Ethical Review Board (ERB)

Strengthening global research and innovation capacity is essential in the fight against TB, and KNCV recognizes the importance of this effort. In 2022, KNCV established its internal Ethical Review Board (ERB), which works in close alignment with national ethical review bodies of countries partnering with KNCV.

The primary function of the KNCV ERB is to safeguard human subjects from potential harm associated with the conduct of unethical research. This entails making fair judgments about the potential risks and benefits to study participants. The second function of the KNCV ERB is to provide support to internal audits and record-keeping of KNCV ERB processes.

The KNCV ERB has been set up to provide an independent review of KNCV research protocols to ensure they meet international ethical standards. By doing so, the KNCV Ethics Review Board (KNCV ERB) will:

  • Protect KNCV investigators from a potential conflict between their pursuit of new knowledge and the welfare of human subjects
  • Determine the acceptability of the research project in terms of KNCV commitments and country priorities
  • Ensure that research projects comply with applicable global and laws and standards of professional conduct and practice


The KNCV ERB is composed of six members with diverse backgrounds, bringing together a wealth of knowledge and expertise. The board comprises a chairperson, a secretary, and consultants with expertise in various thematic areas, including clinical research, public health and epidemiology, basic sciences and laboratory medicine, digital health, and more. The KNCV ERB also includes a member who was previously diagnosed with and treated for TB, which ensures that the perspectives and needs of those affected by TB are heard and considered in the research process.

For questions related to the KNCV ERB, please contact the ERB secretary or chair:



KNCV has been fighting TB since its establishment in 1903. Over the past 120 years, the organization has acquired indispensable knowledge and experience in the field of effective TB prevention and care, resulting in pre-elimination in the Netherlands and significant contributions to global evidence generation, policy development and TB program implementation worldwide.

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