21 starting scientists to go abroad on Rubicon grant

7 July 2015

21 promising young scientists are set to carry out research at leading foreign institutes with a grant from the Rubicon programme of the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO). NWO’s Rubicon programme gives promising researchers the opportunity to gain international experience as a springboard for their scientific career.

The scientists, who recently obtained their PhDs, will conduct research on the link between sleep disorders and psychosis, for example, as well as the Nassau’s dynastic family business and the question of how to neatly fold your DNA. The researchers will do their work at renowned institutes, such as the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom, Princeton University in the United States and Humboldt-Universität in Germany. The list of grant recipients contains brief descriptions of all awarded research projects.

21 starting scientists to go abroad on Rubicon grant


The scientists can use their Rubicon grants to do up to 24 months of research. The size of the grant depends on the chosen destination and the length of stay. Each year, NWO can provide about 60 young researchers with funding from the Rubicon programme (in total seven million euros, spread over three rounds). The Rubicon is the river that Julius Caesar crossed in 49 BC before embarking on a series of victories that led him to famously proclaim ‘veni, vidi, vici’. NWO chose the name Rubicon in 2005 for its programme promoting individual research to keep talented researchers with PhDs in the scientific community.

97 researchers applied for a Rubicon grant in the first round in 2015. NWO has awarded 21 of these applicants a grant. 11 Rubicon laureates will go to the United States, 6 to Germany, 1 to Australia, 2 to the United Kingdom and 1 to Switzerland. For many scientists, experience abroad is an important step in their career.

Source: NWO