86 researchers receive NWO-Vidi grant worth 800,000 euros

1 June 2018

The Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research has awarded 86 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 in the coming five years.

With the grant the Vidi laureates will do research on a variety of subjects including how the brain processes complex sounds and how computers can perform efficient computations with enormous amounts of data and complex models. A toolbox for testing thousands of therapies in a single experiment to treat osteoporosis will also be developed with the Vidi, as well as a computer system capable of managing crowds during events.

Vidi-laureates taking the floor

In this video researchers Frances Handoko-de Man (VU University Medical Center), Peter Schwabe (Radboud University Nijmegen), Jacco van Sterkenburg (Erasmus University Rotterdam) and Marvin Tanenbaum (Hubrecht Institute) tell their future dreams and what their Vidi research will be about.

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, Vidi 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 571 researchers submitted an admissible research project for funding during this Vidi funding round. Eighty-six of these have now received grants. That amounts to an award rate of 15%. See the online list of awarded grants for the 2017 round which contains the names of all of the laureates and brief summaries of their research projects.

Facts and figures for the 2017 round

Number of (admissible) submissions: 571
Gender ratio of submissions: 352 men, 219 women 
Number of grants awarded (award rate): 86 (15%) 
Gender ratio of awarded grants: 52 men, 34 women 
Award rate among men: 15% 
Award rate among women: 16%

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Source: NWO