Personal grants enable researchers to strengthen their scientific careers and conduct projects truly in line with their research interests. Personal grants are not only prestigious seals to one’s career, but also guarantee partial or full resources to conduct ambitious research projects, generally across any scientific area.

Below you will find an overview of personal grants available at different stages of career. You can learn more about the different grants and the support service to individual grant applications at the University of Twente by clicking in the relevant hyperlinks.


First stage after PhD (0-3 years after graduation)

Funding opportunities for early stage researchers, with focus on the development of research, expertise and  skills. The researcher’s mobility to a different research host institution is fostered.

Rubicon

Funder: NWO (NL).

Type/ Aim: Mobility scheme. Rubicon aims to encourage talented researchers at Dutch universities to dedicate themselves to a career in postdoctoral research in a prestigious foreign research institution.

General eligibility criteria: Researchers can apply up to 12 months after obtaining their PhD. Rubicon is open for all scientific disciplines. In the five years directly preceding the submission deadline, applicants must have conducted scientific research at an academic research institute in the Netherlands for a period at least equal to three years fulltime. Each candidate may only submit an application for a Rubicon grant once. You can find the complete list of the eligibility criteria in the call for proposals.

Resources:At most 2 years of postdoc funding with a minimum of 12 months. The eligible costs are your salary including fringe benefits, travel costs and a limited amount for research costs.

Application generally around: March, August and November annually.

Website: https://www.nwo.nl/en/funding/our-funding-instruments/nwo/rubicon/index.html

 

Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowships

Funder: Horizon 2020 (EU).

Type/ Aim: Individual fellowship. Promising early stage researchers, looking at strengthening profile through tailor-made training programme.

General eligibility criteria: PhD Degree or 4 years research experience after MSc. IF-European: Mobility to NL from any other country (less than 12 in the past 36 months in NL). IF-Global: Mobility to non-EU country (less than 12 of past 36 months in that country). Mandatory return phase. 

Resources: Allowance, training and research costs. IF-European: 1-2 years project. IF-Global: 1-2 years abroad, 1 year in NL.

Next call: MSCA-IF-2019 (deadline expected Autumn 2019).

Website: https://ec.europa.eu/research/mariecurieactions/actions/individual-fellowships_en

 

Starting an independent research line (2-7 years after PhD)

Funding opportunities for early stage investigators starting an independent research trajectory, based on promising scientific performance indicators. Generally through an individual research project.

Veni Grant

Funder: NWO, Innovational Research Incentives Scheme (NL).

Type/ Aim: Personal grant. Veni allows researchers who have recently obtained their PhD to conduct independent research and develop their ideas for a period of three to four years.

General eligibility criteria:Veni is targeted at outstanding researchers who have recently obtained their PhD. Veni applicants must have obtained their doctorate within the last three years before the deadline. Extensions apply for parents and significant sick leave. Researchers can only submit applications for Veni funding with the support of the Dutch institution where they intend to conduct their research via an embedment guarantee. This embedment guarantee can be applied for at the portfolioholder research of your faculty. 

Resources: The maximum contribution from NWO is 250.000 Euros.

Application: Annually, start of January. 

Website: https://www.nwo.nl/en/funding/our-funding-instruments/nwo/innovational-research-incentives-scheme/veni/index.html

 

Vidi Grant

Funder: NWO, Innovational Research Incentives Scheme (NL).

Type/ Aim: Personal grant. Vidi allows researchers who have already spent several years doing postdoctoral research to develop their own innovative line of research, and to appoint one or more researchers for this.

General eligibility criteria: Vidi is a grant for experienced researchers. Researchers can submit up to 8 years after obtaining their PhD. The eligibility period can be extended according to the extension clause in the case of caring responsibilities, sick leave or in the case of training to become a clinical specialist.

Resources: The maximum contribution from NWO is 800.000 Euros.

Application: Annually, first Thursday of October.

Website: https://www.nwo.nl/en/funding/our-funding-instruments/nwo/innovational-research-incentives-scheme/vidi/index.html

 

ERC-Starting Grant

Funder: European Research Council (EU).

Type/ Aim: Personal grant. Excellent researchers at start of career, with groundbreaking fundamental research idea.

General eligibility criteria: 2-7 years after obtaining PhD, measured from 1 January of the year of the call; extensions may apply. At least 50% time involvement of PI is required. Resubmission restrictions apply (based on evaluation result).

 Resources: 5 years project, 1.5 MEU.

Next call: ERC-Starting Grant 2020 (deadline expected Autumn 2019). 

Website: https://erc.europa.eu/funding/starting-grants

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Consolidating research career (7-15 years after PhD)

Funding opportunities for consolidating a research trajectory, through an individual research project.


Vici Grant

Funder: NWO, Innovational Research Incentives Scheme (NL)

Type/ Aim: Personal grant. Vici gives senior researchers the opportunity to build up their own research group, often in anticipation of a tenured professorship. The research group must become structurally embedded in the research institution.

General eligibility criteria: Vici is targeted at outstanding senior researchers who have successfully demonstrated the ability to develop their own innovative lines of research, and to act as coaches for young researchers. Researchers who have obtained their PhD within the last 15 years can apply for a Vici grant. There may be a possibility of an extension in case of parenting, sick leave or in the case of training to become a clinical specialist. A researcher can submit a maximum of three Vici preproposals throughout his/her career.

Resources: The maximum contribution from NWO is 1.500.000 Euros.

Application: Annually. Pre-proposal: Mid of March. Full-proposal: last Tuesday of August.

Website: https://www.nwo.nl/en/funding/our-funding-instruments/nwo/innovational-research-incentives-scheme/vici/index.html


ERC-Consolidator Grant

Funder: European Research Council (EU).

Type/ Aim: Personal grant. Excellent researchers aiming at consolidating career, with groundbreaking fundamental research idea.

General eligibility criteria: 8-12 years after obtaining PhD, measured from 1 January of year of call; extensions may apply. At least 40% time involvement of PI is required. Resubmission restrictions apply (based on evaluation result).

Resources: 5 years project, 2 MEU.

Next call: ERC-Consolidator Grant 2019 (deadline February 7 2019). 

Website: https://erc.europa.eu/funding/consolidator-grants

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Established researchers

Funding opportunities for senior researchers.

ERC-Advanced Grant

Funder: European Research Council (EU).

Type/ Aim: Personal grant. Established excellent researchers, with fundamental research idea that represents next-level step in field and own career.

General eligibility criteria: At least 30% time involvement of PI is required. Resubmission restrictions apply (based on evaluation result).

Resources: 5 years project, 2.5 MEU.

Next call: ERC-Advanced Grant 2019 (deadline August 29 2019).

Website: https://erc.europa.eu/funding/advanced-grants

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European Research Council
Telma C. Esteves
Grants Advisor
0031 53 489 5920
 t.c.esteves@utwente.nl


Marie-Slodowska Curie Individual Fellowships
Maria Luisa Carosso
Grants Advisor
0031 53 489 2492
 m.l.carosso@utwente.nl


NWO Incentives Scheme (Vidi Vici)
Arend Zomer
Grants Advisor
0031 53 489 2126
 a.h.zomer@utwente.nl


NWO incentive Scheme (Veni)
Sanne de Wit
Grants Advisor
00316 38 6907 72  
 s.dewit@utwente.nl