35 researchers awarded with Vici grant

NWO has awarded 35 researchers with a Vici grant. Vici is one of the largest grants for individuals in the Netherlands and gives senior researchers the opportunity to build up their own research group, often in anticipation of a tenured professorship. Each researcher receives € 1,500,000 for a period of five years. 233 researchers submitted a pre-proposal for a Vici grant.

Of all the submitted proposals, 88 (38%) were submitted by women and 145 (62%) by men. Overall, 10 female and 25 male candidates were awarded a grant. The award rate is therefore 11% and 17% respectively. Click here for a full list of all the awarded researchers. 


The deadline for the submission of a full proposal was August 24, 2017. Upcoming deadline for submitting the Vici pre-proposals March 27, 2018.


The Innovational Research Incentives Scheme has been set up in 2000 by NWO, KNAW and the universities jointly. The 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 programme independently and promote talented researchers to enter and remain committed to the scientific profession. The Scheme includes three forms of grant: Veni (for researchers who have recently completed their doctorates), Vidi (for experienced researchers) and Vici (for researchers of professorial quality).

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