101 researchers receive NWO-Vidi grant worth 800,000 euros

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The Dutch Research Council NWO has awarded 101 experienced researchers a Vidi grant worth 800,000 euros. The grant enables them to develop their own innovative line of research and set up their own research group in the coming five years.

With the grant the Vidi laureates will do research on a variety of subjects including how strongly does (long-during) smell loss, like we seen with COVID-19, the quality of our relationships and of our own life. The Vidi will also be used to research the pluses and minuses of cannabis for the brain. Another research will focus on how positive interactions between plants can constrain climate change.

See all Vidi laureates 2021

NWO Talent Programme

Vidi is aimed at experienced researchers who have carried out successful research for a number of years after obtaining their PhDs. Together with Veni and Vici, Vidi is part of the NWO Talent Programme. Researchers in the Talent Programme 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.

A total of 625 researchers submitted an admissible research project for funding during this Vidi funding round. Eighty-one of these have now received grants. That amounts to an award rate of 16%. See the online list of awarded grants for the 2021 round which contains the names of all of the laureates and brief summaries of their research projects (available in both Dutch and English).

Facts and figures for the 2021 Vidi round

Number of (admissible) submissions: 625
Gender ratio of submissions: 357 men, 268 women
Number of grants awarded (award rate): 101 (16%)
Gender ratio of awarded grants: 53 men, 48 women
Award rate among men: 15%
Award rate among women: 18%