NWO Talent Programme Veni - Social Sciences and Humanities (SSH)

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

Mandatory pre-proposal phase

The NWO Domain Social Sciences and Humanities (SSH) uses a pre-proposal phase in the upcoming Veni funding round (call 2020). 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 who belong to the best ten to twenty percent of their population, irrespective of their nationality and subject of research.

All candidates in the upcoming Veni round within SSH must submit a pre-proposal no later than September 3, 2019. If you submit a pre-proposal to SSH and your proposal is 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.

Cancellation cross-domain committee

In the NWO Talent Programme, there will no longer be a separate committee for cross-domain proposals. In future Veni rounds, starting in the upcoming round 2020, NWO will assess all proposals, including the cross-domain proposals, within the domains Science, SSH and TTW. That also applies to proposals within ZonMw. 


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

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 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.

What to apply for

The maximum amount is 250,000 euros.

When to apply

A funding round is held every year.

  • The deadline for submitting the compulsory pre-proposal within the SSH domain is 3 September 2019.
  • The deadline for submitting a full proposal in the round 2019 for all domains is 9 January 2020.

Only candidates that receive a positive decision on their pre-proposal may submit a full proposal via their ISAAC account.

Submitting a pre-proposal will be made possible approximately two months before the submission deadline, via a link on this website.

Applications received after the deadline are automatically disqualified.


All pre-proposals and full proposals are assessed in a nationwide competition.


The assessment criteria for the pre-proposals are:

  • Academic profile (45%)
  • Concise research idea (5%) 
  • Key output (50%)

The “key output” – a motivated list with output from the candidate, limited to at most ten items – satisfies the guidelines of the San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA): an international initiative that intends to stop irresponsible use of bibliometric indicators (such as H-index and Journal Impact factor), amongst other things.

The assessment criteria for the full proposals are:

  • quality of the researcher (40%)
  • quality, innovative character and academic impact of the research proposal (40%), and 
  • knowledge utilisation (29%)


The assessment of the Veni 2020 pre-proposals and full applications within SSH takes place in eight panels. The allocation of a proposal to a panel has been determined by the applicants. 

The panels assess the applications in all phases: the pre-proposal phase, interview selection, and interview. In the pre-proposal phase NWO has not (yet) asked external expert reviewers to assess your application, in the interview selection the panels will assess the applications, expert reviewers reports and rebuttals and select the most promising applications for an interview. Interviews will take place within the eight panels; candidates will therefore be interviewed and assessed by committee members from their own discipline and neighbouring disciplines in the SSH Domain. 

For more information about the procedure within the SSH Domain please contact Kasper Gossink-Melenhorst, phone: +31 70 3440557, or Arnold Lubbers , +31 70 3494525.


Grant type



Open for application


3 September 2019 14:00


250,000 euros per grant


Curiosity driven research and talent (2015-2018)

Science area

Social Sciences and Humanities


Ministry of Education, Culture and Science


Kasper Gossink Kasper Gossink +31 (0)70 344 05 57 sgw-veni@nwo.nl


Arnold Lubbers +31 (0)70 349 45 25 sgw-veni@nwo.nl