Grant Opportunities for
General introduction into European and Dutch research grants
PROUT-meeting, February 9th 2011
by dr. Esther Stiekema, Academic Affairs, Corporate Offices
Who are you?
Presentation outline
> General remarks on grant opportunities and your
academic career
> Opportunities:
NWO: VENI and Rubicon
EU: Marie Curie actions
> Questions & more information
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Grant opportunities in general
By far the majority of grants must have a Principle
Investigator as applicant who has several years of
research experience
Your best chance is to network, network, network...
Don’t forget
At Utrecht University there are:
More than 6000 first-year bachelor students
Approx. 500 PhD degrees each year
Approx. 40 new professors appointed each year
NWO Innovational Research Incentives Scheme
Aim of the Scheme:
-to promote innovation in research;
-to create research opportunities for individual
postdoctoral researchers at various stages in their
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NWO Innovational Research Incentives Scheme: VENI
Target group
Best 10-20% of the peer group: recent PhD
graduates / junior postdocs, must have
completed PhD within the last 3 years
Nature of the award
Own research (incl. salary) and technicians
to be engaged
Grant amount
€ 250,000
Grant period
3 years
January 2012
Total number of awards
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Assessment criteria VENI
1. Researcher quality: outstanding talent for academic
research, persuasiveness and 10-20% of peer group
2. Proposal:
a. quality: content is challenging and proposed methodology is
b. innovative nature: an original research question or
other innovative elements
c. academic impact
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Assessmentcriteria VENI
3. Optional criteria: cultural, social, technological or
economic impact
- Has the potential to help solve a problem
- Has the potential for practical application
- Has cultural, social, technological or economic impact
Extra opportunity to influence the final rating!
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- Every year about 1000 researchers apply for a VENIgrant, only 150 are awarded (15 %)
- UU receives about 15-16 % of the awards (23-24)
- Procedure (4 stages): preselection, peer review,
interviews, division/domain panels.
Moments of influence:
1.) submission of application
2.) response to (assessment by) referees
3.) interview by the division
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Advice of VENI-laureates
1.) Have others read the proposal, experts as well as
outsiders (the first NWO selection round is conducted
by a broad-based committee).
2.) Hold a mock interview with colleagues.
3.) Have a native speaker of English screen the
4.) Start in time.
You are welcome to contact a laureate for an example
of a successful application!
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Please find a list of VENI-laureates in your discipline at:
(homepage > onderzoek > Utrechtse toponderzoekers >
Planning to apply for VENI 2012?
> Contact the contact person of your Faculty
in an early stage (contact the Grant office at
your Faculty)
> When offered: participate in a VENIworkshop in Oct/Nov (register at
[email protected])
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Target group
Nature of the award
Postgraduates (or PhD’s with
approved thesis)
Women especially are urged
to apply!
A research period at an
institution other than the one
where he or she graduated or
that awarded his or her
doctorate (salary, travel and
accomodation costs for
congress visits).
Grant period
12-24 months
31 March 2011 (this may be
the last opportunity!)
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- Multidisciplinary advisory committees will assess the
- The views of external referees will not be sought.
- The final award decisions will be made by the boards
of the relevant divisions/foundation.
- The entire assessment procedure will take
approximately 4 months.
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European Union: Marie Curie Actions
(part of 7th framework People Programme)
To take part in most of the Marie Curie Actions, a
researcher must be prepared to move country.
Mobility is defined using the following criteria:
1.) the researcher should not be a national of the state
in which they plan to move and carry out their research;
2.) the researcher should not have lived, worked or
studied in that country for more than 12 months out of
the three years immediately prior to either the time of
application, or the start of their work.
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7th Frame Work Programme: People (Marie Curie actions)
Initial Training
International dimension
ITN - Initial Training Networks
IOF - International Outgoing
Fellowships for career development
IIF - International Incoming
IRSES - International Research Staff
Exchange Scheme
Industry - Academia
Life-long training
IEF - Intra-European Fellowships for
career development
CIG - Career Integration Grants
ERG - European Reintegration Grants
IRG - International Reintegration
COFUND - Co-funding of regional,
national and international programmes
IAPP - Industry-Academia
Partnerships and Pathways
- Europe4Researchers Newsletter
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More information
website UU:
-Search engines (funding):
- Community of Science
- More info on Marie Curie actions,

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