About this programme

ZonMw-Veni: postponement of deadline full proposals

For various reasons we have been forced to postpone two deadlines for the ZonMw Veni-round 2020  by one month. It concerns the following deadlines:

•    Intended decision pre-proposals: no later than 15 November 2019 (instead of October).
•    Deadline submission full proposals: 11 February 2020, 14:00 hours CET (instead of 9 January 2020).

The period between the intended decision and the deadline for submission of a full proposal remains the same (8 weeks). Also, the deadline of mid-July 2020 for the decision on the full proposals remains unaffected.

The new planning only applies to proposals submitted to ZonMw in the context of NWO Talent Programme Veni – Health Research and Development (ZonMw).

More information about this can be found here.


Veni is part of The Innovational Research Incentives Scheme (Vernieuwingsimpuls) that is directed at individual researchers at various stages of their careers. It includes three forms of grants:

  • Veni (for researchers who recently completed their doctorates)
  • Vidi (for experienced researchers)
  • Vici (for researchers of professorial quality)

ZonMw is the administrative executor of the Medical Sciences division of the Innovational Research Incentives Scheme. Researchers who whish to submit a Veni application in the field of Medical Sciences should use the ZonMw ProjectNet system instead of NWO Iris.

Grant amount and deadlines

Each year there will be one Veni application round, traditionally in the first week of January.

The Veni grant offers researchers who have recently gained their PhDs the opportunity to further develop their ideas towards an independent research line. The grant is for a maximum of 250,000 euro and a period of 3 years.

Researchers who have gained their PhD in the last 3 years before the deadline of a round are allowed to submit an application. Exceptions are made for  researchers who have undertaken training in a clinical specialism after their PhD or who had reduced research time due to maternity leave, paternity leave, sick leave or a part-time research appointment with care responsibilities. Please check the FAQ-document or contact us at veni@zonmw.nl for further information about extension of the deadline.


Limited submission possibilities for Veni and Vidi

With effect from 2011 a new submission condition applies to applicants. For the Veni and Vidi rounds, researchers may only submit a proposal on two occasions. Only applicants who had already submitted a proposal twice before 2011 may submit a third application via a transitional arrangement. For Vici, researchers may submit a proposal on three occasions. 

Agreement with the host institute

The researcher does not have to make any arrangements with the host institute until he/she has received the award letter. 

Aim and target group

The aim of the scheme is to promote innovation in academic research. It gives creative and talented researchers the opportunity to conduct their own research and so gain entry to or promotion within institutions conducting academic research in the Netherlands. 
The target group for the scheme consists of outstanding researchers (men and women who rank among the top 10-20% of their peer group). 

For more information about Veni please refer to the NWO website

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