Innovational Research Incentives Scheme Vidi

The Innovational Research Incentives Scheme Vidi is a grant for experienced researchers.


Vidi is part of the Incentives Scheme. It allows researchers who have already spent several years doing postdoctoral research to develop their own innovative lines of research, and to appoint one or more researchers.

Who can apply

Vidi is targeted at the excellent researcher who following his/her PhD has carried out several years of research and in doing this has demonstrated the ability to generate and effect innovative ideas independently. Researchers who have obtained their PhD within the last 8 years can apply for a Vidi grant.

There may be a possibility of an extension in some cases. Further information is available in the document Frequently Asked Questions 

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

Researchers from outside the Netherlands may apply.

What can be applied for 

The maximum grant is 800.000 euros.

When to apply

A funding round is held every year. The deadline for submitting applications in the 2015 round was 1 October, 14:00 hrs (Central European Time).

Applications received after the deadline are automatically disqualified.


All Vidi applications are assessed in a nationwide competition.


The assessment criteria are:

  • quality of the researcher
  • quality, innovative character and academic impact of the research proposa, 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 Iris, 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. 


Aspasia is a grant linked to the Vidi and Vici competitive grant scheme. The following are eligible for Aspasia:

  • female researchers who have been awarded a grant under the Vidi and Vici scheme
  • female researchers who met the criteria for Vidi or Vici after the interview procedure, but did not receive a grant due to a funding shortfall.

The Aspasia grant is awarded to Executive Boards that promote female candidates to the position of assistant or full professor within a year after the decisions in the Vidi or Vici round. Further information is available on the Aspasia page.

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Grant type



Temporarily closed for application


1 October 2015 14:00


800,000 euros per grant


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



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