NWO Talent Programme Veni – Applied and Engineering Sciences (AES)

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

Mandatory pre-proposal phase

The NWO Domain Applied and Engineering Sciences (AES) 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 AES must submit a pre-proposal no later than September 3, 2019. If you submit a pre-proposal to AES 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.

At the bottom of this page you will find the Call for proposals, the embedding guarantee form, and the pre-proposal application form, has embedded information on rules and guidelines. 

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 AES. 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 AES domain was 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.

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 (20%)


The assessment of the Veni 2019 pre-proposals and applications of the domain Applied and Engineering Sciences (AES) will take place on a domain-wide basis. In case of applications to AES, support letters (in case of co-financing) are forwarded to external referees and to committee members. AES uses a standard format for support letters that can be found at the bottom of this website. Universities that contribute co-financing may also use this form.

The committee assesses the applications in the pre-proposal phase and the interview selection. In the pre-proposal phase NWO will not (yet) ask expert reviewers to assess your application, while in the interview selection the committee will assess the applications, expert reviewers reports and rebuttals and select the most promising applications for an interview. Interviews will take place on a domain-wide basis. 

For more information about the procedure within the AES Domain please contact Veni-ttw@nwo.nl.



Temporarily closed for application


3 September 2019 14:00

Grant type



250,000 euros per grant

Science area

Applied and Engineering Sciences


Talent Scheme


Research (2019-2022)


Ministry of Education, Culture and Science


Due to multiple deadlines on 3 September, we expect a lot of work. Be sure to create your ISAAC account or submit changes to your existing account information and submit your application in time. In this way, we can provide administrative support as good as possible. Attention! The proposal submission time will take longer than normal. Please be patient and wait until the conformation page will be shown.


Mw. dr. J. (Joyce) Putters (Programme officer) Mw. dr. J. (Joyce) Putters (Programme officer) +31 (0)30 600 122 4 veni-ttw@nwo.nl


Ms. S. (Sanne) Raes (Programme officer) Ms. S. (Sanne) Raes (Programme officer) +31 (0)30 600 12 70 veni-ttw@nwo.nl