32 scientists to receive NWO Vici grants worth 1.5 million euros

20 February 2020

32 leading scientists will each receive 1.5 million euros from the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO). This Vici grant will enable them to develop an innovative line of research and set up their own research group in the coming five years. Vici is one of the largest scientific grants for individuals in the Netherlands and targets advanced researchers.

The Vici laureates will examine the role played by curiosity in child development, which changes give rise to congenital heart diseases, and how a mixed provision of languages influences the language acquisition of children. Another research project will focus on the neurobiology of Parkinson’s disease with the aim of detecting the disease earlier. Researchers will also develop a revolutionary engine that converts renewable fuels into clean energy.


Of the 242 proposals, 85 (35%) were submitted by women and 157 (65%) by men. Overall, 18 female candidates and 14 male candidates were awarded a grant. The award rate is therefore 21 and 9 per cent respectively.

Talent Scheme: about Vici

The Vici grant targets highly experienced researchers who have successfully demonstrated the ability to develop their own innovative lines of research, and to act as coaches for young researchers. Vici provides researchers with the opportunity to set up their own research group, often in anticipation of a tenured professorship. The Vici grant is one of three funding instruments within the Talent Scheme. The other two instruments are the Veni grant (for recently graduated PhDs, up to 3 years after graduation) and the Vidi grant (for experienced postdocs, up to 8 years after graduation).

Source: NWO