NWO offers 20 young researchers foreign experience with Rubicon

12 December 2012

Twenty researchers at the start of their careers can do research abroad thanks to the Rubicon programme of the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO). With Rubicon NWO gives scientists who have recently obtained their PhDs the opportunity to gain research experience at leading international institutes in other countries.

A total of 102 researchers submitted a proposal for Rubicon and twenty of them –ten women and ten men -have now received funding. Eight laureates are going to United States, three to the United Kingdom, three to Belgium, two to Germany, one to France, one to Sweden, one to Spain, and one to Australia. The vast majority are going abroad for a period of 24 months. For many scientist experience abroad is an important aspect of their CV.


The young scientists will do research into subjects such as artificial viruses as a cancer vaccine, Chinese Internet law, root formation in plants, the translocation of quantum information using quantum teleportation, and poorly functioning connections in the brain. The alphabetical list of laureates provides brief descriptions of all research projects.


The name of the grant comes from the river Rubicon. Julius Caesar crossed the river before embarking on the series of victories that led to his famous pronouncement 'veni, vidi, vici'. Rubicon is regarded as a good springboard for a Veni grant from NWO's Talent Scheme. Laureates can use their Rubicon funding to do the search for a period of up to 24 months. The size of grant depends on the destination chosen and the duration of the stay.

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. It 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 5000 scientists can carry out research thanks to funding from NWO.

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Source: NWO