NWO gives nineteen young researchers the chance to gain foreign experience

1 April 2014

Nineteen scientists who have recently gained a PhD 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 leading foreign international institutes.

Negentien jonge onderzoekers naar buitenland met Rubicon van NWO

The young scientists will do research, for example, into communication in the brain during the course of life, the effect of decision trees and pros and cons lists during decision taking, materials that convert fuel into movement, the influence of the immune system on severe postpartum psychiatric illness, and new genes that cause colorectal cancer. Brief descriptions of all research projects can be found in the alphabetical list of researchers awarded funding. A total of 93 researchers submitted an application for Rubicon and nineteen of them have now received funding. Twelve laureates are going to United States, five to Great Britain, one to Germany, and one to Denmark.

Sixteen of the nineteen laureates are going abroad for a period of 24 months, two laureates are going for 12 months and one laureate is going for 14 months. For many scientists experience abroad is an important part of their CV.


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

Source: NWO