NWO Talent Programme | Veni - Applied and Engineering Sciences (AES)

NWO Talent Programme Veni is a grant for researchers who have recently obtained their PhD.

Please note change in call planning

Due to a hack of the NWO networkserver the grant procedure was suspended from 13 February to 22 March. NWO has published a new integral call planning. Please note: The deadlines in the Call for Proposals (pdf) have not been updated. 

Resumption of grant procedure FAQs

  • NWO’s policy towards funding and the impact of the coronavirus: revised planning

    The consequences for the planning of the Veni round 2021 are as follows:

    To ensure that candidates have sufficient time to prepare for the 2021 Veni round, the deadline for submitting pre-proposals in the domains SSH, AES and ZonMw has been be moved from September 2020 to January 7, 2021.

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  • Purpose

    Veni is part of the NWO Talent Programme. 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

    NWO Talent Programme Veni is targeted at researchers who have recently obtained their PhD, whose qualities clearly exceed what is customary within their international peer group. They are at the start of their scientific career and display a striking talent for scientific research. Veni applicants must have obtained their doctorate within the last three years. The 2021 Veni round is open to researchers who meet this criterion on 1 January 2021.

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

    Researchers from outside the Netherlands may apply.

    Extension clause

    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.

    Extension clause

  • What to apply for

    The maximum amount is 280,000 euros.

  • When to apply

    One funding round is held every year.

    • The deadline for submitting a full proposal for all domains is 2 september 2021, 14:00hrs

    Due to a hack of the NWO networkserver the grant procedure has been at a standstill for five weeks from 13 February to 22 March 2021. The actual deadline for submitting a full proposal for all domains was 20 May 2021. The deadline for submitting the compulsory pre-proposal within SSH was 7 January 2021.

    Applications received after the deadline are automatically disqualified.

  • Assessment

    Criteria

    The assessment criteria for the pre-proposals are:

    • Academic profile (50%)
    • Key output (50%)

    The assessment criteria for the full proposals are:

    • quality, innovative character and academic impact of the research proposal (40%), and
    • knowledge utilisation (20%)
    • quality of the researcher (40%)

    Procedure

    The assessment of the Veni 2021 pre-proposals and applications of the domain Applied and Engineering Sciences (AES) will take place on a domain-wide basis. In case of full applications to AES, support letters (in case of co-financing) are forwarded to external referees and to committee members. AES uses a domain specific format for support letters that can be found at the bottom of this website. Universities that contribute co-financing may also use this form.
    The committee assesses the applications in the pre-proposal phase and the interview selection. In the pre-proposal phase NWO will not (yet) ask expert reviewers to assess your application, while in the interview selection the committee will assess the applications, expert reviewers reports and rebuttals and select the most promising applications for an interview. Interviews will take place on a domain-wide basis.
    For more information about the procedure within the AES Domain please contact  ttw-veni@nwo.nl.

  • Mandatory pre-proposal phase

    The NWO Domain AES uses a pre-proposal phase in the upcoming Veni funding round (call 2021). The aim of introducing the pre-proposal in the Veni funding round is to limit the application pressure by ensuring that not all applicants need to write a full proposal. Via the assessment of the pre-proposals, NWO selects the Veni target group: the Veni funding is intended for researchers whose qualities clearly exceed what is customary within their international peer group, irrespective of their nationality and subject of research.

    All candidates in the upcoming Veni round within AES must submit a pre-proposal no later than January 7, 2021. If your pre-proposal submitted to SSH is been rejected, then you may not submit a full proposal in the same Veni funding round, even if the second application is submitted to another domain.

    At the bottom of this page you will find the Call for proposals, the embedding guarantee form, the standard form guarantee to meet excess costs, and the full proposal application form, that has embedded information on rules and guidelines.

    Note: on Apple computers the rules and guidelines can be made visible by selecting “Outline” under the “View” tab in Word. Also, the rules and guidelines are automatically visible when you open the form in Google docs.

    The possibility to submit an application in the online application system ISAAC will be opened at least 2 months before the deadline.

     

    Note: on Apple computers the rules and guidelines can be made visible by selecting “Outline” under the “View” tab in Word. Also, the rules and guidelines are automatically visible when you open the form in Google docs.

  • Embedding guarantee

    From 2019 on NWO asks candidates for an 'embedding guarantee' from the start of the application round for NWO Talent Programme Veni funding. Researchers can only submit applications for Veni funding with the support of the Dutch institution where they intend to conduct their research. It is expected to lead to fewer applications and to be more consistent with the research institutions’ personnel policy. The embedding guarantee format can be downloaded from the Veni financing webpage of the four domains.

    More information

    FAQ Embedding Guarantee 

Digital application

You will find all of the documents that you need for your application here. Applications must be submitted through the ISAAC application and reporting system. If you do not have an ISAAC account yet, then please create one at least one workday in advance. More information about writing a proposal and which forms you need to use can be found below. Please download and use the forms below.
 

  • Write proposal

    Applicants in the domains SSH, AES and ZonMw may only submit a full proposal after they have been informed that the board of the domain concerned has taken a positive decision on the applicant’s pre‐proposal. Applicants are not permitted to submit a full proposal in the 2020 Veni round following a negative decision on the pre‐proposal.

    Pre‐proposals must be written in English and must include:

    • A description of the candidate’s academic profile (min. 400 to max. 700 words)
    • A description of the candidate’s key output (max. 10 items, min. 400 to max. 700 words)
    • The research idea (max. 50 words)

    The completed and signed embedding guarantee (see also Section 3.5.1) must be uploaded via ISAAC at the same time as the pre‐proposal form.

    Full proposals must be written in English and must include:

    • the candidate’s curriculum vitae*, consisting of the following two sections:
      • A description of the candidate’s academic profile (min. 400 to max. 700 words)
      • A description of the candidate’s key output (max. 10 items, min. 400 to max. 700 words)
    • an outline of the research proposal and a completed motivation for the choice of institution (max. 2000 words, including in‐text references)
    • a completed knowledge utilisation section (max. 750 words)
    • a completed data management section
    • a budget estimate

    Please use the June 2021 versions

    Relevant information

    Research fields

    Code for Dealing with Personal Interests

    Research Datamanagement

    Salary tables

    Extension clause

    FAQ Embedding Guarantee 

  • Fill in forms

    Preparing a pre‐proposal for the domains SHH, AES, and ZonMw

    • Download the application and embedding guarantee forms
    • Complete the application form
    • If you have not changed institutions since the pre-proposal stage, there is no need to submit a new embedding guarantee. A slight adjustment of the title of the proposal also does not warrant a new embedding guarantee.
      If you have changed institutions: after the discussion with the host institution,  complete the embedding guarantee form with the signature of the dean, make a scan of the document and save as pdf.
    • Complete your ISAAC account with up‐to‐date contact details (phone numbers and mail address)
    • Save the forms as a pdf files and upload them separately in ISAAC

    Pre‐proposals must be written in English and must include:

    • A description of the candidate’s academic profile (min. 400 to max. 700 words)
    • A description of the candidate’s key output (max. 10 items, min. 400 to max. 700 words)
    • The research idea (max. 50 words)

    The completed and signed embedding guarantee (see also Section 3.5.1) must be uploaded via ISAAC at the same time as the pre‐proposal form.

    Applicants who have not yet obtained a doctorate may submit a pre‐proposal only if the electronic submission is accompanied by a declaration by the entire manuscript committee stating that the manuscript of the applicant’s doctoral thesis has been approved and that the PhD programme will have been fully completed by May 20, 2021.

    Preparing a full proposal

    • Download the application
    • Complete the application form
    • Save the form as a PDF file and upload it to ISAAC

    Full proposals must be written in English and must include:

    • the candidate’s curriculum vitae*, consisting of the following two sections:
      • A description of the candidate’s academic profile (min. 400 to max. 700 words)
      • A description of the candidate’s key output (max. 10 items, min. 400 to max. 700 words)
    • an outline of the research proposal and a completed motivation for the choice of institution (max. 2000 words, including in‐text references)
    • a completed knowledge utilisation section (max. 750 words)
    • a completed data management section
    • a budget estimate

Due to a networkhack the grant procedure of NWO, including NRO and SIA, has been at a standstill from 13 February to 22 March 2021. NWO has updated the information on the website about the calls and the new deadlines. The deadlines in the Call for Proposals (pdf) have not been updated yet.

  • Do you already have an ISAAC account?
  • Have you submitted the mandatory pre-proposal? 
  • Did you include the embedding guarantee?
  • Have you completed the full proposal and saved it as PDF file? (including curriculum, including the knowledge utilisation paragraph, research datamanagement plan and budget)
  • Did you think of the a statement of approval of a recognised ethical review committee? (optional)
  • Did you think of the co-funding declaration from the contributing party? (only when third party is contributing)
  • Not yet obtained a doctorate? Don't forget a declaration by the entire manuscript committee