Innovational Research Incentives Scheme Veni

Innovational Research Incentives Scheme Veni is a grant for researchers who have recently obtained their PhD.


Veni is part of the Incentives Scheme. It allows researchers who have recently obtained their PhD to conduct independent research and develop their ideas for a period of three years.

Who can apply

Veni is targeted at outstanding researchers who have recently obtained their PhD. They are at the start of their scientific career and display a striking talent for scientific research. Researchers who have completed their PhD within the last three years can apply for a Veni grant.

There may be a possibility of an extension in some cases. Further information is available in the document Frequently Asked Questions. Please consult the list of courses eligible for extension.

A researcher may apply for a Veni grant on a maximum of two occasions.

Researchers from outside the Netherlands may apply.

What to apply

250,000 euros per grant

When to apply

A funding round is held every year. The deadline for submitting applications in the 2016 round was 5 January, 14:00 hrs (Central European Time).

Applications received after the deadline are automatically disqualified.


All applications are assessed in a nationwide competition.


The assessment criteria are:

  • quality of the researcher
  • quality, innovative character and academic impact of the research proposal, and 
  • knowledge utilisation


Each NWO Division has a broad-based committee of scientists that advises NWO's Governing Board about the quality and relevance of proposals. A separate committee exists for interdisciplinary applications.

All proposals must be submitted via ISAAC, NWO's electronic application system. This does not apply to proposals for Medical Sciences. These should be submitted to the Netherlands Organisation for Health Research and Development (ZonMw) via ProjectNet.

Researchers need not make arrangements with an institute or university until their grant has been confirmed.

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Grant type



Temporarily closed for application


5 January 2016 14:00


A total budget of 150 million euros is available for the Innovational Research Incentives Scheme funding round in 2016


Investing in talent and curiosity-driven research (2011-2014)

NWO division

NWO-wide Earth and Life Sciences Chemical Sciences Physical Sciences Humanities Social Sciences Physics Technology Foundation STW ZonMw


Ministry of Education, Culture and Science


NWO in transition: changes funding instruments

On 1 January 2017, NWO will adopt a new organisation structure. Current funding instruments will remain unchanged until a decision about any change is taken. NWO will announce this change at least six months in advance. 2017 will be a transition year and the new funding instruments will become effective no later than 1 January 2018.


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