The Veni laureates will conduct research on a variety of subjects such as the impact of social networks on democracy, the development of a biosensor that contributes to the revelation of fingerprints, and sustainable hydrogen that benefits the energy transition. The Veni will also be employed to investigate the life around young stars and also to conduct research on the prediction, monitoring and recommendations for late effects after breast cancer.
The Veni is awarded by NWO every year. A total of 1,127 researchers submitted an admissible research proposal for funding. 161 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.
NWO Talent Programme
Together with Vidi and Vici, Veni is part of the NWO Talent Programme. Veni is aimed at excellent researchers who have recently obtained their doctorate. 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.
Facts and figures for the 2020 Veni round
Number of (admissible) submissions: 1176 Gender ratio of submissions: 539 women, 637 men
Number of grants awarded (award rate): 161 (14%)
Gender ratio of awarded grants: 90 women, 71men
Award rate among women: 17%
Award rate among men: 12%