Veni, for recent PhD graduates

Veni offers recent PhD graduates the possibility to further develop their ideas over a period of 3 years. The maximum size of the grant is €320,000. Proposals can be submitted by Dutch and foreign researchers with or without a tenured position, who gained their PhD no more than 3 years ago.

Veni and the NWO Talent programme

Veni is a funding instrument from the NWO Talent programme (previously the Innovational Research Incentives Scheme).

The NWO Talent programme offers individual grants to talented, creative researchers. The funding instrument makes it possible to do research of one's own choice. Since the NWO Talent programme was set up in 2000, nearly 2000 talented researchers have received funding. The NWO Talent programme is funded by the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science.

Individual grant for young talents who recently gained their PhD

The aim of the NWO Talent programme (Veni, Vidi and Vici) is to provide creative space for adventurous, talented, groundbreaking researchers in which they can do research of their own choice, advance their own line of research and further develop their talent. With an individual grant, the researchers can develop their own innovative line of research that can acquire a structural embedding within a research institute.

Applicants for a Veni grant must be at the start of their scientific career and have demonstrated that they are talented scientific researchers. Needless to say, they must be capable of independently formulating and realising a research project.

Research domain Healthcare Research and Medical Sciences

NWO is organised in 4 domains:

  • Science
  • Social Sciences and Humanities;
  • Applied and Engineering Sciences; and
  • Healthcare Research and Medical Sciences (ZonMw).

ZonMw realises the NWO Talent programme (Veni, Vidi and Vici) for the domain Healthcare Research and Medical Sciences on behalf of NWO (Dutch Research Council). 

Duration and budget

  • The Veni grant round is open for researchers who, on 1 January of the year of submission, gained their PhD no more than three years ago.
  • The Veni researcher can set to work with a maximum grant of €280,000.
  • Researchers may submit a Veni grant proposal on a maximum of 2 occasions.
  • Foreign researchers can also apply for this funding.

For general information, please see the NWO Talent programme and the programme page on the NWO website.


The research domain Health Research and Medical Sciences (ZonMw), just like the other NWO research domains, works with broadly composed committees of researchers who provide recommendations about the quality and ranking of the proposals.

Prof. Han Moshage

Prof. Rosalie Luiten

Dr Lisa Baarsen
Prof. Julie Bakker
Dr Sanne Boesveldt
Prof. Reinier Boon
Dr Judith Bosmans
Dr Liesbeth Duijts
Dr Christina Eich
Dr Edith Friesema
Prof. Séverine Le Gac
Prof. Annemieke Geluk
Prof. Sue Gibbs
Prof. Christian Gilissen
Prof. Peter Heeringa
Prof. Jeroen Hendrikse
Dr Elisabeth Huis in ‘t Veld
Dr Olga Husson
Prof. Ivana Isgum
Dr Jos Kraal
Dr Tonja van der Kuyl
Dr Geert Litjens
Dr Iris Jonkers
Dr Regina Luttge
Dr Joram Mul
Dr Louis Penning
Prof. Martijn Poeze
Dr Judith Rietjens
Dr Mathilde Richard
Prof. Bart Rutten
Prof. Ronit Shiri-Sverdlov
Dr Sam Schoenmakers
Dr Anouk Schrantee
Prof. Lidwien Smit
Prof. Ymke Stienstra
Dr Slivie Timmers
Prof. Henri Versteeg
Prof. Marjolein de Vugt
Prof. Jeanine Verbunt
Prof. Saskia de Wildt
Dr Marcel de Zoete


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Guillaume Macor

Programme Manager
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Fleur ten Tije

Programme Secretary
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Yijun Hu

Programme Secretary
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Renata Zondervan

Programme Assistant
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