Innovational Research Incentives Scheme Vici - NWO-Science domain (ENW)

The Innovational Research Incentives Scheme Vici is a grant for senior researchers.


Vici is a funding instrument from the Talent Scheme. It gives senior researchers the opportunity to build up their own research group, often in anticipation of a tenured professorship. The research group must become structurally embedded in the research institution.

Who can apply

Vici is targeted at outstanding senior researchers who have successfully demonstrated the ability to develop their own innovative lines of research, and to act as coaches for young researchers. Researchers who have obtained their PhD within the last 15 years can apply for a Vici grant. There may be a possibility of an extension in some cases like care responsibilities and/or training in a clinical specialism. Further information is available in the document Frequently Asked Questions. A link to specialised training eligible for extension can be found here. Please consult the frequently asked questions on our website (Link-FAQ) for further details.

A researcher can submit a maximum of three Vici preproposals throughout his/her career.

What can be applied for

The maximum grant is 1.5 million euros.

When to apply

  • Submission deadline for the 2019 round (pre-proposals) was 26 March 2019, 14:00:00 hrs (CET)
  • Closing date for the submission of full proposals was 27 August 2019 14:00:00 hrs (CEST)

When you submit your application to ISAAC/ Mijn ZonMw you need to enter several additional details online. We strongly advise you to start applying at least a day before the deadline.  Applications that are submitted after the deadline will not be included in the procedure.


All Vici 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
  • knowledge utilisation


The assessment procedure of the 2019 Vici round aligns with NWO’s new organisational structure. Starting this Vici call, there will no longer be a separate committee for cross-domain proposals. The Vici competition will be assessed by four committees: four committees corresponding to the NWO domains: Social Sciences and Humanities (SGW), NWO-Science domain (ENW), Applied and Engineering Sciences (TTW), Health Research and Development (ZonMw).

Vici applications are assessed in a domain-wide competition: all applications from different disciplines within one domain will be compared in one competition. The domains use broad-based assessment committees of academics to advise on the merits and prioritisation of the applications. Depending on the number of submissions and the underlying disciplines the assessment procedure within the AES domain can take place in different clusters.  

Applicants must first submit a pre-proposal. These are assessed by one of the four assessment committees, which then makes a recommendation on whether or not to submit a full proposal. Full proposals are sent to external referees. Applicants are given the opportunity to respond to the referees’ reports (‘rebuttal’). Next, the full proposals, the reviews and the rebuttals are assessed by the respective assessment committees. They invite a selection of the candidates for an interview. Based on the application, the referees’ reports, the rebuttal and the interview the assessment committee advises the accredited board of NWO.

All proposals must be submitted via ISAAC, NWO' s electronic application system. The only exceptions to this rule are applications to the Health Research and Development domain. These applications can only be submitted via Mijn ZonMw.


Aspasia is a grant linked to the Vidi and Vici competitive grant scheme. The following are eligible for Aspasia:

  • female researchers who have been awarded a grant under the Vidi and Vici scheme
  • female researchers who met the criteria for Vidi or Vici after the interview procedure, but did not receive a grant due to a funding shortfall.

The Aspasia grant is awarded to Executive Boards that promote female candidates to the position of assistant or full professor within a year after the decisions in the Vidi or Vici round. Further information is available on the Aspasia page.



Temporarily closed for application


27 August 2019 14:00

Grant type



1,5 mln euros per grant

Science area

Exact and Natural Sciences Applied and Engineering Sciences WOTRO Science for Global Development Social Sciences and Humanities Medical Sciences


Talent Scheme


Ministry of Education, Culture and Science


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