154 researchers who recently obtained their doctorate receive a Veni grant worth 250,000 euros

28 July 2017

The Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) has awarded a Veni grant worth up to 250,000 euros to 154 researchers who have recently obtained their doctorate. The Veni grant provides highly promising young scientists with the opportunity to further elaborate their own ideas during a period of three years.

The Veni laureates will conduct research on a variety of subjects, such as the formation of galaxies in clusters, the prevention of toxic substances in recycled products, the connections between love and sex in youths’ intimate relationships, the role and impact of trade and colonial institutions on the growth of inequality within developing countries since the 19th century, the development of materials that adapt to variations in their environment for the use in soft robots, and how ankle and knee injuries in sports can be prevented by ‘motor learning’.

The Veni is awarded by NWO every year. A total of 1,127 researchers submitted an admissible research project for funding. 154 of these have now been granted. That comes down to an award rate of almost 14%. The submissions were assessed by means of peer review by external experts from the disciplines concerned. In this Veni funding round, NWO is investing a total of 38,3 million euros in free and curiosity-driven research.

The list of awarded grants contains the names of all the laureates, as well as brief summaries of their research projects (in Dutch and English).

Talent Scheme

Together with Vidi and Vici, Veni is part of NWO’s Talent Scheme. Veni is aimed at excellent researchers who have recently obtained their doctorate. Researchers in the 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.

Facts and figures for the 2017 Veni round

Number of (admissible) submissions: 1,127
Gender ratio of submissions: 607 men, 520 women
Number of grants awarded (award rate): 154 (13.7%)
Gender ratio of awarded grants: 87 men, 67 women
Award rate among women: 12.9%
Award rate among men: 14.3%

Source: NWO