Vidi grant for 87 talented, experienced researchers

27 May 2015

NWO has awarded a Vidi grant worth up to 800,000 euros to 87 experienced researchers. They can use this to develop their own, innovative line of research and to set up their own research group. Together with Veni and Vici, Vidi is part of the NWO Talent Scheme.

Cartoon: Man trains a dog. Anonymous Quirin Boel, 1630-1718. Collection RijksmuseumCartoon: Man trains a dog. Collection Rijksmuseum

The Vidi laureates will do research into a variety of subjects including the arms race between bacteria and viruses, the merry culture in and around the Low Countries and the appetite of a neutron star. Vidi is aimed at experienced researchers who, after their PhD, have carried out successful research for a number of years. These researchers belong to the best ten to twenty percent in their discipline. With a Vidi grant researchers can do research for a period of five years.

Researchers are free to submit their own research subject for funding within Vidi. With this approach NWO encourages curiosity-driven and innovative research. 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. The Vidi grants are awarded each year by NWO.

In the Vidi funding round for 2014, a total of 509 researchers submitted an admissible research project. Of those, 87 have now been awarded funding. The award rate for this round is therefore 17%. Sixty of the laureates are men and 27 are women.

In the alphabetical list the names of all laureates can be found together with a brief summary of their research project.


Talent Scheme

The Talent Scheme offers individual funding to talented creative researchers so that these researchers can develop their own innovative line of research. The Talent Scheme has three funding instruments matched to different phases in a scientist’s career: Veni, for researchers who have recently gained their PhD, Vidi for experienced researchers and Vici for excellent senior researchers who have successfully demonstrated their ability to develop their own innovative line of research.

Source: NWO