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

16 July 2019

The Dutch Research Council (NWO) has awarded a Veni grant worth up to 250,000 euros to 166 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 possibilities of a prosthesis that directly translates brain activity into audible speech, how lightning is initiated or propagates through the sky, the use of 3D printing techniques to reconstruct complex tissue types, how the brains of mother and infant become synchronized and how this synchronization may become disrupted, and the secret behind the question how old individuals can withstand adverse effects of blood cancer.

The Veni is awarded by NWO every year. A total of 1,151 researchers submitted an admissible research proposal for funding. 166 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 41,5 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.

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 2019 Veni round

Number of (admissible) submissions: 1,151
Gender ratio of submissions: 553 women, 598 men
Number of grants awarded (award rate): 166 (14%)
Gender ratio of awarded grants: 93 women, 73 men
Award rate among women: 17%
Award rate among men: 12%

Source: NWO