NWO Talent Programme Vidi - Science domain

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

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 Vidi round 2019 are as follows:

  • Before July 2020, the NWO board will make a decision about the candidates who will not be invited for an interview (concerns domains Science, AES, ZonMw).
  • Interviews with candidates who submitted an application in October 2019 would take place in March and April 2020. NWO is moving these interviews to September of this year.

The overlap between the current round 2019 and the next round 2020 is relevant for those candidates who are interviewed, rejected and wish to resubmit. They will be given a choice from the following options:

  • Application to be submitted a year later (2021), whereby for this group the reference date of 1 October 2020 (to determine whether they may still submit) will be retained. 
  • Go along in the regular round 2020. They will then have until 1 December 2020 to adjust and submit the application.

The indicative timeframe is as follows:

VIDI 2019

September 2020


End September 2020

Inform applicants of provisional decision

November 2020



VIDI 2020

October 2020

Deadline submitting applications

1 December 2020

Deadline for submitting full application interview candidates round 2019

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).

Extension clause parents

NWO changes its extension clause: for biological mothers the extension of eighteen months per child remains unaffected; other parents (fathers and non-biological mothers) are granted a standard extension of six moths per child. Extension for parents is only granted for children who are part of the applicant’s household. Please consult the frequently asked questions on our website for further details. 


Vidi is a funding instrument in the Innovational Research Incentives Scheme. It allows researchers who have already spent several years doing postdoctoral research to develop their own innovative line of research, and to appoint one or more researchers for this.

Who can apply

You can apply for a Vidi grant if you have done several years of research at postdoc level. In this research you have come up with innovative ideas that you have been able to independently and successfully develop further. You gained your doctorate no more than eight years ago, calculated from the date of the PhD graduation to the benchmark date for the Vidi round (1 October). This period can be extended according to the extension clause in the case of caring responsibilities or in the case of training to become a clinical specialist. Further information about this is contained 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 also 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 2019 round was 3 October, 14:00 hours (Central European Summer Time).

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 Vidi applications are assessed in one national competition.

There is 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 clusters. Depending on the number of applications per discipline, these clusters can be composed more broadly or specific. In other words several related or overarching disciplines can be brought together in a single cluster, or disciplines can be divided among the clusters.

For all clusters, the Science domain will select committee members on the basis of disciplines. The committee members will assess the applications, referee 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 other 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.


The assessment criteria are:

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


Each NWO domain has a broadly composed committee of scientists that advises the accredited board within NWO about the quality and relevance of proposals. 

All proposals must be submitted via NWO's electronic application system ISAAC. This does not apply to proposals for the Medical Sciences. These should be submitted to the Netherlands Organisation for Health Research and Development via  https://mijn.zonmw.nl. Via this page you apply to the Science Domain (ENW). 


Aspasia is a grant linked to the Vidi and Vici competition. 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 selection, but did not receive a grant due to a funding shortfall.

The Aspasia grant is awarded to Dutch university executive boards that promote these 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


3 October 2019 14:00

Grant type



800,000 euros per grant

Science area

Social Sciences and Humanities


Talent Scheme


Curiosity driven research and talent (2015-2018)


Ministry of Education, Culture and Science


Coördinator Coördinator talent@nwo.nl