89 researchers receive Vidi grant worth 800,000 euros

30 May 2017

NWO has awarded 89 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 on a variety of subjects including how our brain processes time; what the secret is behind a new magical solar cell material, which will make it possible to develop more efficient solar cells; what the relationship is between migraines and strokes in order to track down women at high risk and develop new therapies; what is causing glaciers and small ice caps to melt; and how parenting affects every child’s well-being in a different way, in order to tailor future parenting advice to the family’s specific needs and strengths.

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, Vide 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-nine of these have now received grants. That amounts to an award rate of 15%.

Facts and figures for the 2016 round

Number of (admissible) submissions: 572
Gender ratio of submissions: 376 men, 214 women 
Number of grants awarded (award rate): 89 (15%) 
Gender ratio of awarded grants: 52 men, 37 women 
Award rate among men: 14% 
Award rate among women: 17%

Source: NWO