NWO Domain Applied and Engineering Sciences joins the pre-proposal pilot next Veni round

9 March 2018

Applied and Engineering Sciences (AES) will join the initiative of NWO Domain Social Sciences and Humanities (SSH) to pilot the use of a pre-proposal phase in the next Veni funding round. The aim of this measure is to save applicants time, and therefore money, and to further increase the quality of the selection procedure. All candidates for the next Veni round within the applied and engineering sciences should submit a pre-proposal before 28 August 2018. The pre-proposal will consist of a CV and a concise research idea. In addition, the candidate will submit an expression of support ('embedding guarantee') from the intended research institution. Only those applicants whose pre-proposals are found positive may submit a full proposal.

NWO will carefully monitor the pre-proposal pilot and based on the outcomes of this evaluation will take a decision about how future funding rounds will be realised.

Why is this pilot taking place within the applied and engineering sciences?

NWO announced in October 2017 that it wants to reduce the application pressure. This pilot is one of the outcomes of these plans. During the last Veni rounds, only ten to twelve percent of the proposals submitted at AES could be awarded funding. Almost 90 percent of the costs related to a proposal are borne by the applicants. If fewer applicants submit a full research proposal then this will result in a considerable and demonstrable saving of time and money.


June 2018: Veni round 2019 opens
28 of August 2018: deadline pre-proposal
January 2019: deadline full proposal

The exact deadline, the call for proposals and the application form for the Veni round are expected to be available on the NWO website in June.


A multidisciplinary Veni committee will assess the submitted pre-proposals. They will assess the CV and the concise research idea with motivation. Only after a positive decision on the preproposal can applicants submit a full Veni proposal to AES in January 2019.

Changes in the CV template

In order to make a reliable assessment of the pre-proposals, the template of the CV to be submitted will change as follows:

  • The CV will provide more space for the exceptional qualities of the individual researcher.
  • Applicants will be given the opportunity to state their top publications, what the standards are in their discipline and to which extent they comply to these standards. This way the the pluriformity of the different disciplines can be taken taken into account more fully.
  • Applicants will be given the opportunity to motivate why they – with their specific research profile, past performance and list of publications – are the most suitable person to execute the research idea.

What is an embedding guarantee?

The candidates should include an embedding guarantee in the Veni pre-proposal. With an embedding guarantee, universities express their confidence in a candidate and his or her proposal. For the Veni application this concerns a statement from the intended institution that if the researcher is awarded funding, he or she will have the opportunity to carry out the research within the institution making use of all required facilities. NWO is introducing the embedding guarantee for both the Veni and Vidi programmes from the next funding rounds onwards.

More information

Applicants who have doubts as to whether their application fits within TTW can contact the following coordinators for advice before August 2018. NWO will provide targeted information to potential applicants and subsidy desks from universities and research institutions during the period prior to the publication of the call.

Roula Dambrink, coordinator Veni round AES
E: veni-ttw@nwo.nl, T: +31 (0)30 6001309

Tamara van Mölken, coordinator Veni round AES
E: veni-ttw@nwo.nl, T: +31 (0)30 6001323

Source: NWO