15 young researchers go abroad with a Rubicon grant from NWO

7 July 2014

Fifteen scientists who have recently gained their PhDs are going to do research abroad thanks to the Rubicon programme of the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO). With Rubicon, NWO gives scientists at the start of their careers the opportunity to gain research experience at top foreign international research institutes.

15 young researchers go abroad with a Rubicon grant from NWO

The young PhD graduates will do research, for example into the influence of several accents on language development, energy transport in cheap, efficient solar cells, brain mechanisms that are crucial for flexible versus compulsive behaviour, interactions between methane gas and climate, and breakdown pathways of proteins that prevent tumour formation. Brief descriptions of all the research projects can be found in the alphabetical list of researchers awarded funding.

A total of 113 researchers submitted an application for Rubicon and 15 of them have now received funding: 9 women and 6 men. Seven laureates are going to the United Kingdom, four to the United States, two to Canada, one to Finland and one to Singapore. Fourteen of the fifteen scientists are going abroad for a period of 24 months, one for a period of 12 months. For many scientists experience abroad is an important step in their career.


The scientists who have received a Rubicon grant can use it to do research for a period of up to 24 months. The size of the grant depends on the destination chosen and the duration of the stay. Each year, NWO can fund about 60 young researchers within Rubicon (a total of seven million euros is available and this is divided over three rounds). The programme is named after the river Rubicon. Julius Caesar crossed the river before embarking on the series of victories that led to his famous pronouncement 'veni, vidi, vici'.

About NWO

With a budget of 625 million euros per year, the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) is one of the biggest funding bodies for scientific research in the Netherlands. 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 in the Netherlands and brings science and society closer together. Research proposals are reviewed and selected by researchers of international repute from both the Netherlands and further afield. More than 5000 scientists can carry out research thanks to funding from NWO.

Source: NWO