NWO Talent Programme Veni - Science Domain

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

NWO’s policy towards funding and the impact of the coronavirus

NWO is adjusting the planning of its funding rounds because of the disruptive consequences of the corona virus. The aim of these adjustments is to create space for those who currently do not have sufficient opportunities to provide input as applicants or do not have sufficient time to make a balanced assessment of applications as external reviewers or committee members.

The consequences for the planning of the Veni round 2020 are as follows:

In the course of April and May, with possible extension into June, the remaining rebuttal requests will be sent to the candidates. For these rebuttals, the response time is doubled from five to ten working days.

The interview selection will be moved from May 2020 to June 2020. Shortly after this selection, the candidates will be informed about whether they will be invited for an interview. The Veni interviews will be held in September 2020. The decision on the Veni round 2020 will then be taken in October 2020.=

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

Overview revised planning Veni:

Veni 2020


(Domains AES, SSH, and ZonMw)

3 September 2019 by 14:00 CEST

Deadline for submission of Veni pre-proposals via the Isaac system/MijnZonMw

October 2019

Notification of decisions for the pre-proposal phase


Full proposals

(all domains)

9 January 2020 by 14:00u CET (AES, ENW, SSH)

11 February 2020 by 14:00 CET (ZonMw)

Deadline for submission of Veni full proposals via the Isaac system/MijnZonMw

April, May 2020 and possible extension into June 2020

Consulting of referees and candidates’ rebuttals

June 2020

Interview selection and notification of interview selection result

September 2020


October 2020

Decisions by NWO domain boards

From October 2020

NWO notifies applicants of decisions.


Veni 2021


(Domains AES, SSH, and ZonMw)

January 2021

Deadline for submission of Veni pre-proposals via the Isaac system/MijnZonMw

Full proposals (all domains)
May 2021 Deadline for submission of Veni full proposals via the Isaac system/MijnZonMw

More information see: nwo.nl/corona-en or https://www.nwo.nl/actueel/nieuws/2020/04/nwo-past-planning-talentprogrammas-aan-wegens-coronacrisis.html (In Dutch).

Embedding guarantee

Starting from 2019, NWO requires 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 (2020) the domain Science has no compulsory pre-proposal phase for candidates. Applicants who have doubts as to whether the application fits within the Domain Science are advised to contact the secretariat of the domain concerned before August 2019.

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

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 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 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. NWO Talent Programme Veni applicants must have obtained their doctorate within the last three years. The 2020 Veni round is open to researchers who meet this criterion on 1 January 2020.

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 2020 round is 9 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


The Science Domain will adopt the following procedure for the NWO Talent Programme Veni round. There will be a single submission point for the Domain Science. Applications from the Earth Sciences, Astronomy, Chemistry, Computer Science, Life Sciences, Physics and Mathematics will be submitted to the Science Domain.

Applications will be assessed within the domain. Applicants will use research field codes to indicate in which research field(s) their application fits best. Based on these codes NWO will allocate the applications to clusters. Depending on the number of applications received, these clusters can be composed more broadly, in other words several neighbouring disciplines can be brought together in a single cluster.

For all clusters, the Science Domain will select committee members on the basis of research fields. The committee members will assess the applications, referee reports and rebuttals and select the most promising applications for an interview. Interviews will take place on a domain-wide basis; candidates will therefore be interviewed and assessed by committee members both from their own discipline and neighbouring disciplines in the Science Domain. Grants will be awarded to the Veni candidates with the highest ranking within the Science Domain, independent of the discipline.

For more information within the Science Domain please contact Varsha Kapoerchan phone: +31 70 3494442 talent@nwo.nl.



Temporarily closed for application


9 January 2020 14:00

Grant type



250,000 euros per grant

Science area

Exact and Natural Sciences


Talent Scheme


Curiosity driven research and talent (2015-2018)


Ministry of Education, Culture and Science


Dr. Nadine Mascini Dr. Nadine Mascini +31 (0)70 3494712 enw-veni@nwo.nl