NWO introduces narrative CV format in the 2020 Vici round

12 December 2019

NWO is going to introduce a uniform narrative curriculum vitae format in the upcoming Vici round. This measure dovetails with a new approach for recognising and rewarding scientists and follows on from the position paper Room for everyone’s talent, which NWO recently published with its partners. Moreover, NWO has had good experiences in recent years with the narrative CV in the pre-application pilot for the Veni in the NWO domains SSH, AES and ZonMw.

A uniform CV has several advantages: there are no longer any differences between the domains, and the CV is compatible with the principles of the DORA declaration which NWO recently signed. As a result, CVs will be assessed much more on their quality and (sustainable) impact than on their quantity and prestige.

What is going to change?

The application procedure itself will not change compared to Vici rounds in previous years. Only the format of the submitted CV will be adjusted, as part of the pre-application form of the Vici. The other items, such as a brief description of the research proposal and knowledge use, will obviously remain in force. The new narrative CV consists of two parts:

  1. Narrative academic profile: a narrative description of the candidate’s narrative profile. This enables candidates to decide what is/is not important to mention in their CV.
  2. Key output: a list of no more than 10 key outputs with a description of why the applicant considers this an important output. The presentation of research output will also take on a more narrative character. Candidates will no longer be asked for exhaustive publication lists. As a result, people on a dynamic career path will be given an equal opportunity.

On 26 January 2020, NWO will open the call for proposals for the 2020 Vici round. The deadline for pre-application submissions is 14:00 on 26 March 2020.

New approach to recognising and rewarding researchers

Together with VSNU (Association of Universities in the Netherlands), NFU (Netherlands Federation of University Medical Centres), KNAW (Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences) and ZonMw (Netherlands Organisation for Health Research and Development), NWO has been working hard to develop new approaches for recognising and rewarding academics. On 15 November 2019, the position paper Room for everyone’s talent: towards a new balance in the recognition and rewards for academics was published. What the organisations in question are hoping to achieve with this paper is ensure that the recognition and reward system dovetails better with the core tasks of knowledge institutions in the areas of education, research, impact and patient care, and that the rewards given to academics are more aligned with society’s needs. This development is extremely important for the Dutch knowledge sector: it stimulates the broader development of talent and the transition to open science, promotes the diversity of researchers and places much more emphasis on quality than quantity in the assessment of research proposals. The introduction of a narrative CV for the Vici dovetails with a new way of recognising and rewarding academics, whereby the quality and (social) impact of research is evaluated in new ways.

Source: NWO