38 million euros for 152 talented Veni researchers

21 July 2014

152 highly promising researchers can realise their research plan over the next three years thanks to a Veni grant from the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO). A Veni grant is worth a maximum of 250,00 euros, made available by the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science and is one of the individual grants from NWO to promote scientific talent. The scientists are doing research into a wide range of subjects, from the effect of the activity of a nerve on fretting to the development of the universe and the genetic code of poisonous snakes.

Veni researchers gained their PhD no more than three years ago. They are free to choose the subject of their research. With this approach, NWO and the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science encourage curiosity-driven and innovative research. Veni enables researchers to take an important step in their scientific career. They mainly use the Veni grant to cover their salary costs during the research period of three years and to acquire specific equipment if that is necessary. Secretary of Education, Culture and Science, Sander Dekker: "With this scholarship, promising young researchers can make a flying start to their academic career. It is very important that they can fully focus on their research in the coming years.”

Veni is part of NWO’s Talent Scheme (Veni, Vidi and Vici) aimed at different career phases of scientists.

Curiosity-driven research with an impact on society

The Veni laureates of 2014 represent many different scientific disciplines. A large number of research projects are directly relevant to current issues in society. For example, Veni laureates are investigating how digital signatures can be made less easily falsifiable, the role of small tremors during epileptic fits, the causes of social isolation, the importance of rhythm in language development and the evolution of antibiotic resistance.

In the alphabetical list of all 152 Vidi researchers you will find brief summaries of the research projects.

A high number of Veni applications

A total of 1086 researchers submitted an application and eventually 152 of them received a Veni grant. That is equivalent to an award date of 14%. Of the 1086 applications, 594 (54.7%) were submitted by men and 492 (45.3%) by women.

NWO is an advocate of more women in science. This year there are 65 female Veni laureates and so the award rate for women is 13.2%, compared to 14.6% for men. The difference in the award rates between women and men is therefore slightly less than last year.

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.

This is a joint press release by NWO and the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science.

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Source: NWO