Innovational Research Incentives Scheme Veni, Social Sciences and Humanities

Change Veni procedure 2017 for Social Sciences and Humanities

NWO will have a new governance structure with effect from 1 January 2017. The current divisions Humanities and Social Sciences will become the Social Sciences and Humanities domain (SSH). The procedures with respect to the Veni funding round 2017 from both divisions have been harmonised. This has consequences for the assessment, selection and decision taking.

The assessment of the Veni proposals will take place in eight panels: four in the area of the humanities and five in the area of the social sciences. The panels will assess the proposals in three phases: preselection, interview selection, and interviews. For the assessment they will make use of the results of a new study into publication cultures in the domain. The results of the new study provide current descriptions of the disciplines and subdisciplines in the entire social sciences and humanities domain. As a consequence the assessment of publication lists can be supported with this information in the new domain. A new brochure will be published once both studies have been completed.

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


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 2017 Veni round is open to researchers who meet this criterion on 1 January 2017.

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 2017 round was 10 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 assessment of the Veni applications within SSH takes place in eight panels: four in the humanities and four in the social sciences. The allocation of a proposal to a panel is based on the main research field stated by the applicant.

The panels assess the applications in three phases: a preselection, an interview selection and interviews. Pre-selection means that NWO will not (yet) ask expert reviewers to assess your application. Expert reviews will be used for the interview selection.

For more information about the procedure within the SSH domain please contact Mariel Schweizer, phone: +31 70 3440939.



Temporarily closed for application


10 January 2017 14:00

Grant type



250,000 euros per grant

Science area

Social Sciences and Humanities


Talent Scheme


Investing in talent and curiosity-driven research (2011-2014)


Ministry of Education, Culture and Science

NWO in transition: changes funding instruments

On 1 January 2017, NWO will adopt a new organisation structure. Current funding instruments will remain unchanged until a decision about any change is taken. NWO will announce this change at least six months in advance. 2017 will be a transition year and the new funding instruments will become effective no later than 1 January 2018.


Coördinator Vernieuwings- impuls Coördinator Vernieuwings- impuls +31 (0)70 3440940