Innovational Research Incentives Scheme Vidi - Social Sciences and Humanities (SSH)

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


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.

With effect from the Vidi round 2017, NWO is making a change to the extension regulation for the Innovational Research Incentives Scheme. This concerns the compensation for a reduction in work time due to parental leave for male researchers. From now on, male researchers can request an extension for parental leave taken after their PhD, irrespective of when the children were born. Furthermore, a distinction is no longer made between children under the age of four years and children above the age of four years.

Previously fathers were only compensated for parental leave for children born after their PhD and only 50% of the parental leave time was compensated for children aged 4 to 12 years. We encourage researchers who are fathers and who have taken parental leave after their PhD to request an extension (anew or for the first time), if applicable, via Please do this before you write your application.

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 2017 round was is 5 October, 14:00 hours (Central European (Summer) Time).

When you submit your application to ISAAC/ProjectNet 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.


Changes to Vidi procedure 2017

Since 1 January 2017, NWO has a new organisation structure. Therefore in 2017 the proposals of Vidi candidates will not be submitted to the former NWO divisions but to the new NWO-domains. A cross-domain committee (CD) will replace the interdivisonal (ID) committee. The procedure for applications in the Applied and Engineering Sciences (TTW) (the former STW) and for ZonMw is the same as in previous years.

Domain Social Sciences and Humanities (SSH)

With effect from 1 January 2017 the former NWO Division for the Social Sciences and NWO Division for the Humanities became the Domain Social Sciences and Humanities (SSH). This has consequences for the assessment, selection and decision-making.

The assessment of the Vidi applications takes place in eight panels: four in the humanities and four in the social sciences. The allocation of a proposal to a panel is based on the main discipline stated by the applicant.

The panels assess the applications in two phases: either preselection and interviews, or interview selection and interviews. Whether or not NWO makes use of preselection depends on the number of applications a panel receives. Based on the number of applications in recent years it is expected that preselection will take place in the case of the four social sciences panels and that this will not be necessary for the humanities panels. Two weeks after the submission deadline, the applicants will receive a final notification about the procedure to be followed in the panel to which their application has been allocated.

For the assessment, the panels will make use of the results from a new study into the publication culture in the domain. The results of the new study provide up-to-date descriptions of the (sub)disciplines across the entire spectrum of the Social Sciences and Humanities domain. Therefore the assessment of publication lists will also be supported with this information in the new domain. On 1 January 2017 a new brochure was published and this will be used by all assessment committees in the SSH domain. 


The assessment criteria are:

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


Each NWO domain has a broadly composed committee of scientists that advises the accredited board within NWO about the quality and relevance of proposals. A separate committee exists for interdisciplinary applications.

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 (ZonMw) via ProjectNet. Via this page you apply to the Social Sciences and Humanities Domain (SSH). 

You do not need not make arrangements with an institute or university until you have heard that you have received funding. 


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.




Open for application


5 October 2017 14:00

Grant type



800,000 euros per grant

Science area

Chemical Sciences


Talent Scheme


Curiosity driven research and talent (2015-2018)


Ministry of Education, Culture and Science


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