Research support

VENI training (1 ECTS)


Course code


Dates 2017

1st day: Tuesday19 September,9.00-17.00

2nd day: Tuesday 5 December: 2 groups: 9.00-12.15, 1 group: 12.45-16.30  



Course prices

This training will be paid from central funds. However, you do need permission from your head of department.

Group size

1st day: no maximum; 2nd day: 15 participants


Ir. Erik Prins, independent advisor and Aya van den Kroonenberg, senior grants consultant.

Course materials

Course materials will be provided before and during the training.


Junior researchers (max. 3 years after promotion) with a good CV and an innovative research idea who consider applying for an NWO-VENI grant.


  • Awareness of the procedures and the evaluation criteria of the NWO VENI grants;
  • A good presentation of your CV;
  • A sound proposal that can be submitted to NWO.
    One of the grant winners this year who participated in this course is Ismet Baran from the ET-faculty.  
    Previous winners were: Julia Mikhal (EWI), Bas Borsje (CTW), Mathieu Odijk (EWI), Loes Segerink (EWI). 


  • Explanation of the evaluation criteria and procedures of the Vernieuwingsimpuls;
  • Development and critical assessment of your VENI project idea;
  • CV evaluation and presentation;
  • Writing a solid VENI- grant proposal;
  • Training of your presentation skills specifically for the VENI-committee (when you reach the interview round).
    Previous winners who participated in this Presentation training are: Julia Mikhal (EWI), Bas Borsje (CTW), Ruchi Bensal (TNW), Loes Segerink (EWI) and Saskia Lindhoud (TNW).  



  1. One day introduction to the VENI instrument; procedures, evaluation criteria, do’s & don’ts;
  2. Half-day group feedback session (with trainer and Arend Zomer) on your draft proposal.

In addition to the VENI training, Arend Zomer organises,  together with the faculties, faculty-based support for the VENI candidates which includes a CV check, a bibliometrics session, group meetings to discuss the draft proposals and a review committee in which the final drafts will be reviewed by laureates and ex-committee members of the VENI.

Homework is expected to take approximately ten hours. The study load for this course is roughly equivalent to 1 ECTS.
If you reach the interview round you can contact Arend Zomer to receive a presentation training from an external consultant and an internal mock interview.


  1. Day 1, the introductory training day is open for all junior researchers; PhD students and Postdocs.
  2. You need your PhD Diploma to take part in the 2nd day. There is room for 15 candidates on this day. From each faculty three candidates can participate during the 2nd training. Selection of the candidates will occur after the first training day.
Career Development Centre HR
Marjolein Rietman
Contact for course enrolment

Dr. Arend H. Zomer
Contact for direct support VENI, VIDI, VICI

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