87 Vidi grants for experienced researchers

10 May 2016

NWO has awarded 87 experienced researchers a Vidi grant worth 800,000 euros. The grant enables them to develop their own innovative line of research and set up their own research group.

The Vidi laureates will do research into a variety of subjects including the Himalayan water cycle, Cicero’s image in antiquity and an attempt to monitor a black hole ‘live’. Vidi grants enable researchers to do research for five years. NWO awards Vidi grants every year.

NWO Talent scheme

Vidi is aimed at experienced researchers who have carried out successful research for a number of years after obtaining their PhDs. Together with Veni and Vici, Vidi is part of the NWO Talent Scheme. Researchers in the NWO Talent Scheme are free to submit their own subject for funding. NWO thus encourages curiosity-driven and innovative research. NWO selects researchers 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 use.

A total of 572 researchers submitted an admissible research project for funding during this Vidi funding round. Eighty-seven of these have now received grants. That amounts to an award rate of 15%.

The list of awarded grants contains the names of all the laureates, brief summaries of their research projects and a number of facts and figures for this round.

Facts and figures

Number of (admissible) submissions: 572
Gender ratio of submissions: 375 men, 197 women
Number of grants awarded (award rate): 87 (15%)
Gender ratio of awarded grants: 60 men, 27 women
Award rate among men: 16%
Award rate among women: 14%

Source: NWO