Innovational Research Incentives Scheme Veni - Cross-Domain (CD)

Innovational Research Incentives Scheme Veni is a grant for researchers who have recently obtained their PhD.

With effect from the next Veni funding round (call 2019) , NWO will require candidates to submit evidence of support from the intended research institution (‘embedding guarantee). In other words, researchers may only submit an application with the support of their intended research institution.

For the next Veni funding round (2019) the NWO cross- domain committee has no compulsory pre-proposal phase for candidates.  Applicants who have doubts as to whether the application fits within a specific domain or can better be submitted to the NWO cross-domain committee are advised to contact the secretariat of the domain concerned or the NWO cross- domain desk before August 2018.

It is not possible to submit more than one application in a Veni round. If you submit a pre-proposal to Social Sciences and Humanities domain or the Applied and Engineering Sciences domain and you are rejected, then you may not submit a second application in the same Veni funding round, even if the second application is submitted to another domain or the NWO cross-domain committee.

Note: Starting in the Veni round 2020, there will no longer be a separate committee for cross-domain proposals.

New: extension clause parents

NWO changes its extension clause: for biological mothers the extension of eighteen months per child remains unaffected; other parents (fathers and non-biological mothers) are granted a standard extension of six moths per child. Extension for parents is only granted for children who are part of the applicant’s household. Please consult the frequently asked questions on our website for further details. 


Veni is part of the Incentives Scheme. 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

Veni is targeted at outstanding researchers who have recently obtained their PhD. 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 2019 Veni round is open to researchers who meet this criterion on 1 January 2019.

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.

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

Researchers from outside the Netherlands may apply.

When to apply

A funding round is held every year. The deadline for submitting applications in the 2019 round is 8 January, 14:00 hrs (Central European Time).

Applications received after the deadline are automatically disqualified.


All applications are assessed in a nationwide competition.


The assessment criteria are:

  • quality of the researcher
  • quality, innovative character and academic impact of the research proposal, and
  • knowledge utilisation



Closed for application


8 January 2019 14:00

Grant type



250,000 euros per grant

Science area

Exact and Natural Sciences Social Sciences and Humanities Applied and Engineering Sciences WOTRO Science for Global Development ZonMw


Talent Scheme


Research (2019-2022)


Ministry of Education, Culture and Science


Mary Kachavos (secretary Veni) +31 70 3494208