NWO awards 32 prestigious Vici grants

Grants of 1.5 million euros for leading scientists

12 February 2016

32 excellent scientists have received a Vici grant of 1.5 million euros from NWO. The funding will enable the laureates to do research for the next five years and to build up their own research group. Vici is one of the largest grants for individual scientists in the Netherlands and is part of NWO's Talent Scheme.

The Vici grants are awarded by NWO on a science-wide basis. The laureates will do research, for example, into new psychological treatment aimed at weakening memories of anxiety, the evolution of stars, the schizophrenic behaviour of electrons, the new types of solvents for seperation processes and the link between political ideology and the production of art and literature in the Middle East and Asia between the 11th and 14th centuries.


Curiosity-driven research

Within Vici, researchers are free to nominate their own research project for funding. For the 2015 funding round a total of 215 scientists submitted a pre-proposal and 122 of the applicants submitted a full proposal. Of these, 32 have now been awarded funding, which means an award rate of 14 percent.

Vici is part of NWO's Talent Scheme, which consists of the Veni, Vidi and Vici grants. With this scheme NWO encourages scientific talent by offering scientists in various stages of their career the opportunity to do groundbreaking research. The Vici grant is a boost for the laureates and it also creates opportunities for a large number of young researchers who will work in the laureates’ research groups

Selection of the best proposals

The Vici grants are awarded each year by NWO. Every proposal is reviewed by several invited scientists from each applicant's discipline to ensure that the best proposals are selected. Committees of renowned scientists from various disciplines subsequently compare all of the proposals and interview the applicants. During the selection of proposals, the assessors considered the quality of the researcher, the innovative character of the proposed research, its scientific impact and the knowledge utilisation.

Source: NWO

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