Over 40 million for young researchers

NWO awards Veni grants: 161 researchers at work

25 November 2010

The Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) recently awarded 161 young postdoctoral researchers a Veni grant. Each researcher will receive 250,000 euro. This grant will allow these young talents to perform research for a period of three years.

The Veni grant from NWO's Innovational Research Incentives Scheme is one of the most prestigious grants for young researchers. Obtaining a Veni grant is considered an important step in a scientific career.

161 is the greatest number of Veni researchers that NWO has ever financed in a single round. The percentage of researchers to whom NWO could award a grant in this round, however, was only 16%. This is the lowest awarding rate so far in the NWO Innovational Research Incentives Scheme. The main reason is the increased number of applications. Last year, 809 researchers submitted an application; this year, NWO received 982 applications. Despite the increased budget for the Innovational Research Incentives Scheme, NWO still has to reject good-quality applications far too often. Among the young talent in this round of Veni grants are 67 women.

Remarkable talent

The applications were reviewed by scientists in the Netherlands and abroad. The Veni researchers are at the start of their careers, but have already proven that they possess a remarkable talent for doing scientific research. With this grant, they can develop their ideas further for three years.

Innovational Incentive

The Veni grant is one of three grant types under the Innovational Research Incentives Scheme (www.nwo.nl/vernieuwingsimpuls). The other two grants are the Vidi grant (for experienced postdocs) and the Vici grant (for very experienced researchers). The Innovational Incentives scheme was set up in cooperation with the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science, the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences and the universities.

All the Veni laureates in a row

An alphabetical list of awarded projects is available with the working title of the research project.

About NWO

The Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) is the principal Dutch science funding body and its mission is to facilitate excellent scientific research in the Netherlands by means of national competition. Each year, NWO spends more than 700 million euro on grants to top researchers, on innovative instruments and equipment and on the institutes where top research is performed. NWO funds the research of more than 5300 talented researchers at universities and institutes. Independent experts select proposals by means of a peer review system. NWO facilitates the transfer of knowledge to society.

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Source: NWO