Fifteen researchers who have recently received their PhDs can do their research at foreign research institutes thanks to a Rubicon grant from NWO. The Rubicon programme gives young, highly promising researchers the opportunity to gain international research experience.
So what are some of the research questions that these 15 researchers will try to answer? In a multidisciplinary team of chemists and engineers, one of the young scientists will investigate whether new gels can be developed that convert carbon dioxide into fuels with the help of electricity. Another study will focus on what makes young people vulnerable to radicalised conspiracy beliefs. And for yet another project, the Rubicon grant will be used to unravel the unknown origins of fast radio bursts from space this.
For many researchers, experience abroad is an important step in their career. Thanks to the Rubicon grant these young researchers can do their research at a foreign institute that offers the best environment for their research.