Young scientific talent gains foreign experience thanks to NWO

28 young researchers go abroad with a Rubicon grant

6 January 2012

Twenty-eight starting researchers will carry out research abroad thanks to the Rubicon programme of the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific research (NWO). With Rubicon, NWO gives researchers who have recently gained their PhD the opportunity to gain research experience at international top institutes.

Most of the young researchers are leaving for the United States and the United Kingdom. Other candidates are going to do research in Spain, France and Panama. Five researchers who gained their doctorates abroad are coming to the Netherlands to carry out research. For many researchers foreign research experience is an important part of their curriculum vitae.


The young scientists will do research into subjects like immune system inhibitors from tick saliva, immoral group behaviour and the most powerful particle accelerators in the universe. The alphabetical list of researchers awarded funding contains a brief description of each research project.


With their Rubicon grant the laureates can do research for a period of up to 24 months. The size of the grant depends upon the destination chosen and the duration of the stay. NWO received a total of 211 applications for Rubicon and 13% of these could be awarded funding.
The grant derives its name from the river Rubicon. Julius Caesar crossed the river before embarking upon his series of victories that led to the statement 'veni, vidi, vici'. Rubicon is a good springboard for a Veni grant from the Innovational Research Incentives Scheme of NWO.

Rubicon in 2012

For the funding rounds in 2010 and 2011, NWO received co-funding from the 'Marie Curie Cofund Action' programme of the European Commission. This European funding was a one-off award. As a result of funding cutbacks, NWO has decided to continue the Rubicon programme in a limited form in 2012. Consequently with effect from 1 January 2012, the Rubicon programme will only be open to applicants who have been employed at a Dutch university for at least 3 of the past 5 years.

About NWO

The Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) is the national research council in the Netherlands and has a budget of more than 500 million euros per year NWO promotes quality and innovation in science by selecting and funding the best research. NWO manages research institutes of national and international importance, contributes to strategic programming of scientific research and brings science and society closer together. Research proposals are reviewed and selected by researchers of international repute. More than 500 scientists can carry out research thanks to funding from NWO.


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Source: NWO