The Talent Scheme offers individual grants to talented, creative researchers. This enables them to conduct the research of their choice. Applications can be submitted by researchers from the Netherland or abroad. However, once the grant has been awarded, the research should be performed at a Dutch host institution. Since the Talent Scheme was set up in 2000,  NWO has been able to offer grants to nearly two thousand talented researchers. The Talent Scheme has three funding instruments tailored to various phases in researchers’ scientific careers.

  • Veni, for researchers who have recently graduated
  • Vidi, for experienced researchers who have already conducted several years of research after gaining their PhD
  • Vici, for senior researchers who have already demonstrated the ability to develop their own line of research

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 280,000 euros.

There is a separate funding round each year for Veni, Vidi and Vici (each with its own closing date). Applications are reviewed by one of the five committees: Social Sciences and Humanities (SSH), NWO-Science domain (ENW), Applied and Engineering Sciences (TTW),  Health Research and Development (ZonMW) and the cross-domain committee.

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