CARIM employs 250 researchers from 13 disciplines, about 120 PhD students and 50 technical and support staff members. Together, they are unraveling the mechanisms of cardiovascular diseases.


With an annual budget of almost 21,000,000 Euros, CARIM is one of the largest cardiovascular research institutes in Europe, producing more than 500 scientific articles and approximately 45 PhD dissertations per year.

In the last ten years CARIM papers were published in high impact journals such as Cell, JAMA, Nature Medicine, British Medical Journal, Journal of the American College of Cardiology, Circulation, Plos and Lancet Neurology. Bibliometric analyses (1997-2014/2015) illustrate that publications from CARIM have been cited 1.77 times more often than the world average for the cardiovascular field in the period of 2011 until 2014.

CARIM is one of the six schools of the Faculty of Health, Medicine and Life Sciences (FHML) of Maastricht University and is embedded within the Maastricht University Medical Center+ (Maastricht UMC+).
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CARIM offers

  1. a very broad range of facilities covering the entire field of translational cardiovascular research and many internship opportunities, taking advantage of its connection with a large academic hospital;
  2. an open and dynamic work culture in which talented and ambitious young people work side by side with renowned researchers; 
  3. an active organisation that nurtures its employees, providing support, such as assistance with applications for research grants and funding,  a talent development program and a Research Council (which reviews all project proposals before they are submitted).

Thus CARIM provides a dynamic, critical learning environment, which proves to be fertile ground for top achievements in the field of cardiovascular research.

Facts 2018

  • Annual budget: 21.5 m€ (incl. 3rd party money)
  • New contracts and grants: 16 m€
  • Researchers: 163 fte
  • Technical and supporting staff: 45 fte
  • Departments/disciplines: 13
  • Scientific articles: 604 (Wi-1: 506)
  • PhD Theses: 43
  • Patents: 4

The Maastricht Study

CARIM is one of the initiators of the Maastricht Study; a large, longitudinal population based cohort study focused on type 2 diabetes, and its related co-morbidities. The study will include and track 10,000 individuals living in the Southern part of the Netherlands over a ten-year period. Participants are 40 to 75 years old, and half of them will have type 2 diabetes. For more detailed information please see:

Public-private research partnerships

CARIM plays an important role in public-private research partnerships as main author and project manager of 6 out of 7 cardiovascular projects of the Center for Translational Molecular Medicine (CTMM) in the Netherlands. CTMM is a public-private consortium that comprises universities, academic medical centres, medical technology enterprises and chemical and pharmaceutical companies.

Other public-private research partnerships in which our researchers participate are: the BioMedical Materials program (BMM) and Top Institute Pharma. In addition, CARIM is a member of several international networks, including the Horizon 2020 program in conjunction with other European institutions and the Leducq Transatlantic Network. CARIM is part of Maastricht University.