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Important announcement for Rubicon applicants

In the course of February 2021, the NWO network was hacked which resulted in an abrupt suspension of all activities. NWO has now restored and fully resumed the process for grant proposals and published a modified planning for several calls, amongst which Rubicon.

For applications for the Rubicon 2021-1 round, the deadline of 30th March, 2021, 14.00 hrs., is no longer applicable. The new deadline for applications in the Rubicon 2021-1 round is set at 11th May, 2021, 14.00 hrs.

At the same time the 2021-2 round and the 2021-3 round are merged into one round, Rubicon 2021-2/3, with the deadline late November/early December 2021.

Applicants who are only eligible for applying in the Rubicon-2021-2 round are allowed to apply in the combined round (Rubicon 2021-2/3).

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If you have any questions if you wish to confer with us about your (changed) situation, please don’t hesitate to contact us.


Rubicon is part of the NWO Talent Programme, aimed at retaining talented already postdoctoral researchers for science. The Rubicon programme allows recently graduated scientists to gain experience at a foreign top institute. This is an important step up in a scientific career.

Research experience abroad is usually a vital aspect of building a scientific career.  Rubicon allows recently graduated, talented scientists to gain experience at a foreign top institute for a period of 1-2 years. This increases the chance that they can continue working in academia. For specific Dutch topics, the research can be done at a Dutch institute.

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