Innovational Research Incentives Scheme Veni - Science Domain

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 (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 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 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 was 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


In 2019 the Science Domain will adopt the same procedure for the Veni round as in the 2018 call. There will be a single submission point for the Science Domain. 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 disciplinary clusters. Depending on the number of applications per discipline, these disciplinary clusters can be composed more broadly, in other words several neighbouring disciplines can be brought together in a single cluster.

For all disciplinary 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 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




Temporarily closed for application


8 January 2019 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. Varsha Kapoerchan dr. Varsha Kapoerchan +31 (0)70 349 44 42