Innovational Research Incentives Scheme Vidi - Science domain

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

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. 

Purpose

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.

Assessment

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.

Criteria

The assessment criteria are:

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

Procedure

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

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.

Details

Status

Temporarily closed for application

Deadline

3 October 2019 14:00

Grant type

Individual

Budget

800,000 euros per grant

Science area

Social Sciences and Humanities

Programme

Talent Scheme

Objective

Curiosity driven research and talent (2015-2018)

Partners

Ministry of Education, Culture and Science

Contact

Coördinator Coördinator vi@nwo.nl