The Talent Scheme offers individual grants to talented, creative researchers

Grants from the Talent Scheme enable scientists to conduct research of their own choice. This gives innovative research a boost and facilitates career progression at scientific research institutes.

Veni, Vidi, Vici

The Talent Scheme has three funding instruments, tailored to various phases in researchers' scientific careers:

  • Veni, for researchers who have recently gained their PhD
  • Vidi, for experienced researchers
  • Vici, for researchers who have demonstrated the ability to develop their own line of research

For each funding instrument a funding round is held once a year.

A boost for thousands of researchers

Thanks to the Talent Scheme, thousands of researchers have already been able to develop their talent in a manner that they could otherwise not have done.

The Talent Scheme was launched in 2000 following the joint realisation of the Minister of Education, Culture and Science, the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW), the Association of Universities in the Netherlands and NWO that innovative research needed a boost. NWO set up the programme together with the KNAW and the universities.


Veni provides researchers who have recently gained their PhD the chance to develop their ideas further for a period of three years. The maximum grant is 250,000 euros.


Vidi is aimed at researchers who have already conducted several years of research following their PhD. In this, they have demonstrated their ability to generate innovative ideas and to successfully and independently develop these. They may develop their own innovative line of research and appoint one or two researches for this themselves. The maximum grant is 800,000 euros.


Vici is aimed at senior researchers who have successfully demonstrated their ability to develop their own innovative line of research. They have also guided young researchers in this. Researchers who receive a Vici grant may form their own research group, often in advance of a tenured professorship. The line of research becomes structurally embedded in the research facility. The maximum grant is 1.5 million euros.

Duration ongoing

The Talent Scheme programme started in 2000 and runs for an indeterminate duration.

Annual funding rounds

There are separate funding rounds each year for Veni, Vidi and Vici, each with its own closing date.