NWO Talent Programme Veni – Health Research and Development (ZonMw)

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

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).

Mandatory pre-proposal phase

Health Research and Development (ZonMw) 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.

ZonMw-Veni: postponement of deadline full proposals

For various reasons we have been forced to postpone two deadlines for the ZonMw Veni-round 2020  by one month. It concerns the following deadlines:

  • Intended decision pre-proposals: no later than 15 November 2019 (instead of October).
  • Deadline submission full proposals: 11 February 2020, 14:00 hours CET (instead of 9 January 2020).

The period between the intended decision and the deadline for submission of a full proposal remains the same (8 weeks). Also, the deadline of mid-July 2020 for the decision on the full proposals remains unaffected.

The new planning only applies to proposals submitted to ZonMw in the context of NWO Talent Programme Veni – Health Research and Development (ZonMw).

More information:

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 ZonMw was 3 September 2019.
  • The deadline for submitting a full proposal in the round 2019 for all domains is 11 February 2020.

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

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%)


All proposals for Medical Sciences must be submitted by the Health Research and Development (ZonMw) desk via Mijn ZonMw. You can check the content of the online form here: example.  



Temporarily closed for application


3 September 2019 14:00

Grant type



250,000 euros per grant

Science area



Talent Scheme


Research (2019-2022)


Ministry of Education, Culture and Science


Guillaume Macor Guillaume Macor +31 (0)70 3495299 veni@zonmw.nl