The Dutch Research Council (NWO) has awarded 89 highly promising young scientists from the ENW and ZonMw domain a Veni grant worth up to 250,000 euros. The grant provides the laureates with the opportunity to further elaborate their own ideas during a period of three years.
The Veni laureates will conduct research on a variety of subjects such as slowing Parkinson through exercise or the physical nature of radio bursts. The Veni will also be employed to investigate global warming and the relation between the aging of the brain and insomnia
The Veni is awarded by NWO every year. These awards are half of the 2021 the round. Last years, NWO had to alter its planning of the Veni rounds. First as a result of the pandemic, and then as a result of a hack, which forced NWO to suspend all activities. Last spring, this led to different planning scenarios for the various science domains. NWO used the original planning from before the hack for the science domains ENW (no preproposal phase yet) and ZonMw (not affected by the hack), whereas the revised planning applied to the SSH and AES domains. When all decisions about the awards have been made, all facts and figures will be published together.
Together with Vidi and Vici, Veni is part of the NWO Talent Programme. Veni is aimed at excellent researchers who have recently obtained their doctorate. 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.