Innovational Research Incentives Scheme Veni Grant Program 2018

Publish Date: Nov 09, 2017

Deadline: Jan 09, 2018

Innovational Research Incentives Scheme Veni - Social Sciences and Humanities 

Innovational Research Incentives Scheme Veni is a grant for researchers who have recently obtained their PhD.


Veni is part of the Incentives Scheme. It allows researchers who have recently obtained their PhD to conduct independent research and develop their ideas for a period of three years.

Who can apply

Veni is targeted at outstanding researchers who have recently obtained their PhD. They are at the start of their scientific career and display a striking talent for scientific research. Veni applicants must have obtained their doctorate within the last three years. The 2018 Veni round is open to researchers who meet this criterion on 1 January 2018.

There may be a possibility of an extension in some cases. Further information is available in the document Frequently Asked Questions. Please consult the list of courses eligible for extension.

A researcher may apply for a Veni grant on a maximum of two occasions.

Researchers from outside the Netherlands may apply.

When to apply

A funding round is held every year. The deadline for submitting applications in the 2018 round is 9 January, 14:00 hrs (Central European Time).

Applications received after the deadline are automatically disqualified.


All applications are assessed in a nationwide competition.


The assessment criteria are:

  • quality of the researcher
  • quality, innovative character and academic impact of the research proposal, and 
  • knowledge utilisation


Changes to Veni procedure, 2018 round

Since 1 January 2017, NWO has a new organization structure. Therefore proposals for the Talent Scheme will no longer be submitted to the former NWO divisions but to the new NWO-domains. For Veni 2017 this was already the case for the Social Sciences and Humanities Domain (SSH), the Applied and Engineering Sciences Domain (TTW), and for ZonMw. In 2018 this is also the case for the Science Domain.  A so-called “cross-domain committee” (CD) will replace the former interdivisonal (ID) committee.

Domain Social Sciences and Humanities (SSH)

The assessment of the Veni 2018 applications within SSH takes place in eight panels: four in the humanities and four in the social sciences. The allocation of a proposal to a panel is based on the main research field stated by the applicant.

The panels assess the applications in two phases: the pre-selection and interview selection. In the  pre-selection NWO will not (yet) ask expert reviewers to assess your application, in the interview selection the panels will assess the applications, expert reviewers reports and rebuttals and select the most promising applications for an interview. Interviews will take place on a domain-wide basis; candidates will therefore be interviewed and assessed by committee members from their own discipline and neighbouring disciplines in the SSH Domain. Grants will be awarded to the Veni candidates with the highest ranking within the SSH Domain.

For more information about the procedure within the SSH Domain please contact Mariel Schweizer, phone: +31 70 3440939.

For more information please click "Further Official Information" below.

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