The Dutch Research Council has awarded 78 experienced researchers a Vidi grant worth 800,000 euros. 15 of these fall under the ZonMw field of activity. The grant enables them to develop their own innovative line of research and set up their own research group in the coming five years.
With the grant the Vidi laureates will do research on a variety of subjects including how the motivation to maintain positive self-views distort memory, compromising the quality of financial decisions. The Vidi will also help researchers study the interactions between respiratory viruses and implications for vaccination policies. Another research will focus on the safety of bridges, based on satellite data.
Vidi is aimed at experienced researchers who have carried out successful research for a number of years after obtaining their PhDs. Together with Veni and Vici, Vidi is part of the NWO Talent Programme. Researchers in the Talent Programme are free to submit their own subject for funding. NWO thus encourages curiosity-driven and innovative research. NWO selects researchers based on the quality of the researcher, the innovative character of the research, the expected scientific impact of the research proposal and the possibilities for knowledge use.
A total of 402 researchers submitted an admissible research project for funding during this Vidi funding round. Seventy-eight of these have now received grants. That amounts to an award rate of 19%. See the online list of awarded grants for the 2020 round which contains the names of all of the laureates and brief summaries of their research projects