NWO’s Rubicon programme enables 18 young scientists to study abroad
10 April 2015
Facilitated by the Rubicon programme set up by the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO), 18 recent PhD graduates will be conducting research at top foreign institutes. Through Rubicon, NWO gives young scientists the opportunity to gain international research experience as a stepping stone to a scientific career.
The research to be conducted by these talented scientists will include such topics as the prevention of ice formation on wind turbines, how songbirds learn their song while asleep and the early circulation of Dante’s Divina Commedia. The talented researchers will set to work at prestigious institutes, such as Harvard in the United States, Helmholtz Zentrum in Munich in Germany and the Karolinska Institute in Sweden. Brief descriptions of all the research projects can be found in the list of award-winning researchers.
Rubicon’s third and last round in 2014 prompted applications from 121 researchers. NWO has awarded 18 of them with a grant. Fourteen winners will conduct research at an institute abroad for 24 months, two for 18 months and two for 12 months. Ten of them will go to the United States, five to Germany, two to the United Kingdom and one to Sweden. Experience working abroad is an important step in many scientists’ careers.
The scientists whose talents have been recognised will be able to conduct research for 24 months with the grant they receive from Rubicon. The amount of the funding depends on the destination chosen and the length of stay. NWO is able to fund around 60 young researchers through Rubicon every year (for a total sum of seven million euros, spread over three rounds). The Rubicon programme is named after the river Julius Caesar crossed prior to his series of victories which ultimately led to his declaration ‘veni, vidi, vici’.
The Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research is one of the most important science-funding bodies in the Netherlands and ensures quality and innovation in science. Each year NWO invests more than 650 million euros in curiosity-driven research and research related to societal challenges. NWO selects and funds research proposals based on the advice of Dutch and international experts from science and society. NWO encourages national and international collaboration, invests in large-scale research facilities, promotes knowledge utilisation, and manages research institutes. NWO funds more than 5600 research projects at universities and knowledge institutions.