154 researchers awarded a NWO Veni grant worth 250,000 euros

16 July 2018

The Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) has awarded a Veni grant worth up to 250,000 euros to 154 highly promising young scientists. The grant provides the laureates 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 interplay of brain areas in autism, the implications of Chinese acquisitions of European companies, the role of animals in a circular food system and how stem cells of the patient can be used to create functional miniature livers that can be applied for organ transplantations.

The Veni is awarded by NWO every year. A total of 1,115 researchers submitted an admissible research proposal for funding. 154 of these have now been granted. That comes down to an award rate of 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 38,4 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):


Video series: Veni laureates 2017 reflect on their research in the past year

Every year, NWO helps young researchers to turn their ideas into action. Researchers Lynn Boschloo (VU Amsterdam), Laurien Crump-Gabreëls (Utrecht University), Said Rodriguez (NWO-institute AMOLF) and Sonja de Vries (Wageningen University & Research) received a Veni last year. They look back on their past research year in the video series below.

Watch video (Youtube)

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 2018 Veni round

Number of (admissible) submissions: 1,115
Gender ratio of submissions: 602 men, 513 women
Number of grants awarded (award rate): 154 (14%)
Gender ratio of awarded grants: 79 men, 75 women
Award rate among women: 15%
Award rate among men: 13%

Source: NWO