Programs in the Netherlands: Senior Academics and Faculty


The Innovational Research Incentives Scheme was set up in 2000. Its aim is to promote innovation in the academic research field. The scheme is directed at providing encouragement for individual researchers and gives talented, creative researchers the opportunity to conduct their own research program independently and promote talented researchers to enter and remain committed to the scientific profession. The program is open to excellent researchers (m/f) of all nationalities working anywhere in the world. The grants come in three flavors:

Veni is for researchers who have recently completed their PhD, to allow them to continue to develop their ideas; a maximum of 250,000 euro.

Vidi for researchers who want to develop their own innovative line of research and appoint one or more researchers; a maximum of 800,000 euro.

Vici for senior researchers to build their own research group; a maximum of 1,500,000 euro.

Agencies Involved: Ministry of Education, Culture and Science (OCW), Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO), Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW), all Dutch universities.

Key Dates: The applications for these programs are closed. Check program website for updated information.