22 young research talents off to foreign top institutes thanks to Rubicon

20 April 2017

22 researchers who have recently received their PhDs can do their research at foreign research institutes thanks to a Rubicon grant from NWO. The Rubicon programme gives young, highly promising researchers the opportunity to gain international research experience.

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The researchers will investigate such topics as reprogramming skin cells into brain cells in order to study depression, the influence of verbal information from parents on the behaviour and cognition of their children, and improving measurements of the microstructure of the brain using new MRI technology.

Top institutes

Thanks to the Rubicon grant, these young researchers can do their research at top institutes like Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), the Max Planck Institute and the University of Cambridge. Fifteen Rubicon researchers will go abroad for a period of 24 months. Three are going for 12 months, two for 18 months, one for a period of 15 months and one for 14 months. For many researchers, experience abroad is an important step in their career. The awards are for the third funding round of 2016.

Facts and figures

A total of 78 researchers submitted a proposal for Rubicon, of which 45 men and 33 women. The overall award rate was 28%. The award rate was 20% for men and 39% for women. Twelve laureates are going to the United States, four to the United Kingdom, two to Germany, one to Australia, one to Canada, one to France and one to Belgium. For many researchers, experience abroad is an important step in their career.


With a Rubicon grant researchers can conduct research for a period up to 24 months at a foreign research institute. The size of the grant depends on the destination chosen and the length of stay. NWO is able to fund around 60 young researchers through Rubicon every year (for a total sum of 7 million euros, spread over three rounds).

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Source: NWO