Research by university medical centres (umcs) can contribute more to the quality and affordability of care and prevention. This requires structural cooperation with other healthcare providers, patients and local authorities, in order to formulate research questions which are relevant to practice. For the financing of this research it is recommended to set up a fund to which stakeholder parties make a contribution. In addition, waste of research funds should be reduced and societal relevance of research should play a role in assessing researchers. This the Health Council of the Netherlands writes in its advisory report Research that makes you better.