About this programme

About this programme

Vidi is part of The Innovational Research Incentives Scheme (Vernieuwingsimpuls) that is directed at individual researchers at various stages of their careers. 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).

Vidi

The Vidi grant is targeted at researchers who have already gained several years of research experience at a postdoc level and whilst doing so have demonstrated that they can generate innovative ideas which they can independently and successfully develop. They may develop an innovative line of research and appoint one or more researchers for this purpose.

You gained your doctorate no more than eight years ago, calculated from the date of the PhD graduation to the benchmark date for the Vidi round (1 October). This period can be extended according to the extension clause in the case of caring responsibilities or in the case of training to become a clinical specialist. Further information about this is contained in the document ‘Frequently asked questions’. A researcher may apply for a Vidi grant on a maximum of two occasions. Researchers from outside the Netherlands may also apply.

NEW: embedding guarantee

NWO will ask candidates for an 'embedding guarantee' from the start of the new application round for Vidi funding (call 2018). Researchers can only submit applications for Vidi funding with the support of the Dutch institution where they intend to conduct their research. It is expected to lead to fewer applications and to be more consistent with the research institutions’ personnel policy. More information about the Vidi-embedding guarantee is available FAQ Embedding Guarantee Innovative Research Incentives Scheme.

NEW: extension clause parents

NWO changes its extension clause: for biological mothers the extension of eighteen months per child remains unaffected; other parents (fathers and non-biological mothers) are granted a standard extension of six moths per child. Extension for parents is only granted for children who are part of the applicant’s household. Please consult the frequently asked questions on our website for further details.

Grant amount and deadlines

Each year there will be one Vidi application round, traditionally in the first week of October. The deadline for submitting applications in the 2018 round is 4 October, 14:00 hours (Central European (Summer) Time).

The maximum grant is 800.000 euros.   

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