Rubicon (Alpha and Gamma Sciences)
Rubicon aims to encourage talented researchers at Dutch universities and research institutes run by KNAW and NWO to dedicate themselves to a career in postdoctoral research.
International research experience is often essential for building up one’s scientific career. Rubicon offers talented researchers who have completed their doctorates in the past year the chance to gain experience at a top research institution outside the Netherlands, as international research experience is likely to be an advantage at a later stage in the applicant's academic career.
Rubicon is open for all scientific disciplines for a research project at a foreign research institute. For certain typically Dutch topics, there is also a limited opportunity to apply for a research period at an excellent Dutch research institute. However, preference will be given to researchers who apply for a grant to spend time outside the Netherlands.
Who can apply
Postgraduates who are currently engaged in doctoral research or who have been awarded a doctorate in the twelve months preceding the relevant deadline. Applicants who are still engaged in doctoral research may only apply if their supervisor provides a written declaration approving their thesis.
Women especially are urged to apply.
In the five years directly preceding the submission deadline, applicants must have conducted scientific research at an academic research institute in the Netherlands for a period at least equivalent to three years fulltime.
Applications must be submitted by individual researchers and not by pairs or teams of researchers.
What can be applied for
Applicants can apply for a period of up to two years at an excellent research institution outside the Netherlands. The minimum duration is twelve months. The eligible costs are your salary including fringe benefits, travel costs and a limited amount for research costs. Any overhead costs such as housing, computers, infrastructure, etc. are not eligible for funding. You can find the standard amounts in the document Rubicon terms and conditions.
It is not allowed to combine research at different institutes. Depending on the nature of the project, applicants may conduct field research.
When can be applied
There are three submission rounds annually for Rubicon.
- The closing date for the submission of applications is 30 March 2017, 14.00 hrs (CET).
- The following closing dates for submissions in 2017 are 31 August and 30 November.
Proposals will be assessed on the basis of the evaluation criteria:
- The quality of the applicant
- The quality of the research proposal
- The quality of the host institute
- Knowledge exchange and impact
Three multidisciplinary advisory committees will assess the applications on the basis of the evaluation criteria: one committee for the alpha and gamma sciences, a second committee for the life sciences and a third committee for the beta sciences. Each application will be assessed within the realm of the relevant discipline(s). NWO announces which applications have been granted about four months after the submission deadline.
Change to Rubicon procedure in 2017
With effect from the second Rubicon round (deadline 31 August 2017) the setup of the assessment procedure will change. Applications can be submitted via four clusters that correspond with the four domains of the new NWO:
- Science (ENW; former EW, CW, ALW and N/FOM),
- Social Sciences and Humanities (SSH; former GW and MaGW),
- Applied and Engineering Sciences (AES; former STW), and
- Health Research and Medical Sciences (former ZonMw)
However, the assessment procedure will be the same as it is now. At the end of June, the Rubicon call for the round 2017-2 shall be published on the NWO website with all of the associated information. If you have any questions about this then please contact us via email@example.com.
For the first Rubicon round (deadline 30 March 2017) the current use of clusters applies: Humanities/Social Sciences, Life Sciences and Natural Sciences.
The information for this round will be published on the NWO website on or near 1 February 2017.
Any questions you may have about this round can also be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Open for application
30 March 2017 14:00
In 2017: 2.28 million euro for each submission round