70 million euros for pioneering science

NWO awards Vidi grants to 88 top researchers

5 June 2014

A total of 88 scientists have each received a maximum of 800,000 euros to develop an innovative line of research and to build up their own research group. They have received a Vidi Grant from the Talent Scheme of the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO). The Talent Scheme consists of the Veni, Vidi and Vici grants.

The researchers are free to choose their own research subject. With this approach NWO encourages curiosity-driven and innovative research. The subjects the Vidi laureates will investigate are diverse and include avalanches in the deep sea, the treatment of cardiac arrhythmias using light, and how judges find a balance between EU objectives and national policy.

In the alphabetical list you will find all of the Vidi researchers and a brief description of the research projects.


Vidi is aimed at excellent researchers who have carried out successful research for a period of several years after gaining a PhD. They belong to the best ten to twenty percent in their discipline. With a Vidi grant they can carry out research for a period of five years. NWO selects the Vidi laureates based on the quality of the researcher, the innovative character of the research, the expected scientific impact of the research proposal and the possibilities for knowledge utilisation.

Many good scientists

A total of 540 researchers submitted a proposal for a Vidi grant. NWO has awarded a Vidi grant to 88 researchers (30 of them women). These Vidi awards are from the 2013 funding round. Supporting talented researchers in this scientific career is a vital condition for scientific innovation. NWO therefore remains committed to encouraging scientific talent.

Talent Scheme

Vidi is one of the three funding instruments from the Talent Scheme. The other two funding instruments are Veni (for researchers who have recently gained their PhDs) and Vici (for highly experienced researchers). The aim of the Talent Scheme is to encourage innovation in scientific research. The Talent Scheme has been set up in cooperation with the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science, the Royal Netherlands Academy for Arts and Sciences and the Dutch universities.

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

Source: NWO