Research support

VIDI training


Course code


Dates 2017

1: Wednesday 12 April, 9.00-17.00 

2: Wednesday 16 or 23 August, 9.00-17.00
3: to be announced

4: to be announced 

Time and Place

in building Drienerburght

Course fee

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

Group size

The first training day is open for everybody. A maximum of 10 candidates will be selected for further support by the external consultants.


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

Course materials

Course materials will be provided before and during the first training day.


Excellent researchers (maximum 8 years after promotion) with a good CV and an innovative research idea who consider applying for a NWO-VIDI grant this round or in the coming years.

This training is given by external consultants and is organized and paid centrally. In addition, Arend Zomer ( and each faculty provide support for VIDI candidates.

Contact person for BMS: Ariana Need,
Contact person for EWI: Nelly Litvak,
Contact person for CTW, ITC and TNW: Arend Zomer,


Increasing your chances in acquiring a VIDI grant by:

  • Learning about the procedures and the evaluation criteria for the NWO VIDI grant
  • Presenting your CV specifically for the VIDI grant.
  • Writing a sound VIDI proposal that can be submitted to NWO
    Some of the Grant winners who participated in this course are: Wiebe de Vos (TNW), Sarthak Misra (CTW) and Ivo Vellekoop (TNW) in 2016 and Alexander van Deursen (BMS) in 2017.  
    Previous winners who participated in this course are: Dannis Brouwer (CTW), Anthony Thornton (CTW) and Mark Huijben (TNW).  


  • Explanation of the evaluation criteria and procedures of the Vernieuwingsimpuls;
  • Development and critical assessment of the innovativeness and feasibility of your VIDI project idea;
  • CV evaluation and presentation;
  • Writing a solid VIDI-grant proposal;
  • Training of your presentation skills specifically for the VIDI-committee (when you reach the interview round).
    Previous Grant winners who participated in this interview training are: Mark Huijben (TNW), Anthony Thornton (CTW), Sarthak Misra (CTW), Ivo Vellekoop (TNW), Alexander van Deursen (BMS), Saskia Nagel (BMS)


  • Day 1: Introductory training day VIDI; procedures, evaluation criteria, instructions for proposal writing, do’s & don’ts;
  • Day 2: Feedback on first draft by external consultants.
  • Day 3: Feedback on final draft by external consultants.
  • Day 4: Interview training by external consultants.


1. The introductory training day (day 1) is open for all researchers. Participation in the rest of the training will be based on the competitiveness of your CV and your research idea. There are two slots for each faculty. The dean of your faculty will ultimately decide whether you will be selected for support by external consultants.
2. You are eligible for a VIDI grant within 8 years after receiving your PhD. The submission date being the 1st week of October 2017. For each child you receive and extension of the eligibility period. The extent of this extension varies per gender and working hours.

Further information:
Dr. Arend H. Zomer
Subsidy Advisor & Liaison Officer NL

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