One of the main instruments of NWO is the Vernieuwingsimpuls (the Innovational Research Incentives Scheme). Each of the NWO divisions, except for FOM, hosts the Vernieuwingsimpuls scheme. The Vernieuwingsimpuls is a scheme that offers personal grants to develop and do their own line of research.

The Vernieuwingsimpuls comprises of three types of grants:

  • The Veni, 250k€, is for researchers who have recently obtained their PhD (you can apply up to 3 years after you finished your PhD).
  • The Vidi, 800k€, is for researchers who have gained several years of research experience after their PhD (you can apply from 3 years and up to a maximum of 8 years after the award of your PhD).
  • The Vici, 1500k€, is for senior researchers who have demonstrated an ability to develop their own line of research (you can apply from 8 years and up to a maximum of 15 years after the award of your PhD)

Extension of the maximum career deadline: The maximum career deadline may be extended by NWO if the candidate has taken extended sick, parental, maternity or care leave. The total maximum extension that may be granted to any particular applicant is 5 years. In order to be eligible for the deadline extension you need to apply for the deadline extension at NWO at least one month before the application deadline.

Would you like to apply for a Veni, Vidi, or Vici grant? Please contact Arend Zomer ( for further information and assistance. Each year Veni, Vidi and Vici trainings are given by the Centre for Training and Development of the university. See for more details.

Veni applications, January 2016
Vidi applications, 1 October 2015, 14:59 hrs
Vici open for preliminary proposals, 26 March 2015, 14.00 hrs
Vici full proposals, 27 August 2015, 14:00 hrs