Millions of euros to 32 top researchers
NWO awards prestigious Vici grants
5 February 2013
A total of 32 leading scientists have each received 1.5 million euros to carry out research over the next five years and build up a research group. They have received a Vici grant from NWO’s Talent Scheme. Vici is one of the biggest individual grants for scientists in the Netherlands.
NWO selects the Vici laureates based on the quality of the researcher, the innovative character and scientific impact of the research proposal, and knowledge utilisation. For the first time the Vici proposals were assessed by a committee covering the entire breadth of scientific disciplines.
Researchers are free to choose their research subject. The Vici laureates from 2012 are going to investigate subjects such as the biological causes of ADHD, regaining of lost pleasure, the improved diagnosis of dementia and explaining the mysteries of quantum matter.
Vici gives researchers the possibility to build up their own research group and do five years of research. Therefore Vici is not just a boost for the researchers who receive a grant but it also allows NWO to creates opportunities for a large number of young researchers.
This year 218 researchers wrote a brief preproposal for a Vici. Subsequently 128 scientists submitted a full proposal. A total of 32 scientists have now received a Vici grant. Ten of them are women. This is about 30% of the laureates, which is more than in previous years: 23% (2011), 19% (2010) and 23% (2009).
The Talent Scheme
Vici is one of the three funding instruments of the Talent Scheme and is aimed at experienced researchers. The other two are Veni (for researchers who have recently gained their PhD) and Vidi (for experienced postdocs).
The Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) is the national research council in the Netherlands and has a budget of more than 500 million euros per year. NWO promotes quality and innovation in science by selecting and funding the best research. It manages research institutes of national and international importance, contributes to strategic programming of scientific research and brings science and society closer together. Research proposals are reviewed and selected by researchers of international repute. More than 5000 scientists can carry out research thanks to funding from NWO.