16 starting science talents go to top foreign institutions thanks to Rubicon

13 January 2020

16 onlangs gepromoveerde onderzoekers gaan onderzoek doen aan buitenlandse onderzoeksinstellingen met een Rubicon-financiering van NWO. Het programma Rubicon is bedoeld om jonge, veelbelovende wetenschappers de mogelijkheid te geven internationale onderzoekservaring op te doen.

For example, they will investigate causes of reduced fertility at a later age, how the brain distinguishes reality from fantasy, grammatical relationships in indigenous languages from the Amazon region, and how our public transport can be better optimised from the travellers viewpoint.

Top institutions

Thanks to the Rubicon grant these young researchers can do their research at top institutions such as Lund University and Harvard. The majority of the researchers will go abroad for a period of 24 months. A total of 13 Rubicon researchers are going abroad for 24 months, one is going for 22 months and two will go for 18 months. For many researchers, experience abroad is an important step in their career. The awards concern the first funding round of 2019.

Facts and figures

59 researchers submitted a proposal for Rubicon, 23 of them women and 36 men. The overall award rate was 27.1%. The award rate was 22.2% for women and 34.8% for men. Nine laureates are going to the United States, two to the United Kingdom and the rest of the individual candidates are going to Germany, Australia, Switzerland,  France and Denmark. For many researchers, experience abroad is an important step in their career.


With a Rubicon grant researchers can spend up to 24 months doing research at a foreign institution. The size of the grant is dependent on the destination chosen and the duration of the stay. Each year, NWO can fund about 60 young researchers within Rubicon (for a total amount of 7 million euros allocated over three rounds).

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Source: NWO