Innovational Research Incentives Scheme Vidi, Earth and Life Sciences

The Innovational Research Incentives Scheme Vidi is a grant for experienced researchers.

Science domain

In 2017, the Science domain will adopt a new working method for the Vidi round. There will be a single submission point for the Science domain. Applications from the Earth Sciences, Astronomy, Chemistry, Computer Science, Life Sciences, Physics and Mathematics will be submitted to the Science domain.

Applications will be assessed within the domain. Applicants will use discipline codes to indicate in which discipline(s) their application fits best. Based on the discipline codes NWO will allocate the applications to disciplinary clusters. Depending on the number of applications per discipline, these disciplinary clusters can be composed more broadly, in other words several neighbouring disciplines can be brought together in a single cluster.

For all disciplinary clusters, the Science domain will select committee members on the basis of disciplines. The committee members will assess the applications, referees reports and rebuttals and select the most promising applications for an interview.

Interviews will take place on a domain-wide basis; candidates will therefore be interviewed and assessed by committee members from their own discipline and neighbouring disciplines in the Science domain.

Grants will be awarded to the Vidi candidates with the highest ranking within the Science domain, independent of the discipline.

Further information please contact:

  • Marieke van Santen, +31 70 349 4433
  • Lambert Speelman, +31 70 344 0506
  • Bernard Westerop, +31 70 344 0637


Vidi is part of the Incentives Scheme. It allows researchers who have already spent several years doing postdoctoral research to develop their own innovative lines of research, and to appoint one or more researchers.

Who can apply

Vidi is targeted at the excellent researcher who following his/her PhD has carried out several years of research and in doing this has demonstrated the ability to generate and effect innovative ideas independently. Researchers who have obtained their PhD within the last 8 years can apply for a Vidi grant.

There may be a possibility of an extension in some cases. Further information is available in the document Frequently Asked Questions.

A researcher may apply for a Vidi grant on a maximum of two occasions.

Researchers from outside the Netherlands may apply.

What can be applied for

The maximum grant is 800.000 euros.

When to apply

A funding round is held every year. The deadline for submitting applications in the 2016 round was 6 October, 14:00 hrs (Central European Time).

Applications received after the deadline are automatically disqualified.


All Vidi applications are assessed in a nationwide competition.


The assessment criteria are:

  • quality of the researcher
  • quality, innovative character and academic impact of the research proposa, and
  • knowledge utilisation


Each NWO Division has a broad-based committee of scientists that advises NWO's Governing Board about the quality and relevance of proposals. A separate committee exists for interdisciplinary applications. Via this webpage you submit an application to the division of Earth and Life Sciences.

All proposals must be submitted via ISAAC, NWO's electronic application system. This does not apply to proposals for Medical Sciences. These should be submitted to the Netherlands Organisation for Health Research and Development (ZonMw) via ProjectNet

Researchers need not make arrangements with an institute or university until their grant has been confirmed.


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


6 October 2016 14:00

Grant type



800,000 euros per grant

Science area

Earth and Life Sciences


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.


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