Concerning: Veni grant applications 2015



Personal grants such as Veni, Vidi, Vici and ERC starting, consolidator and advanced grants are considered to be strong indicators of an institute's quality and esteem. The three Radboudumc institutes therefore aim to select good candidates for such grants and try to facilitate them as good as possible with their applications. 

There is an upcoming opportunity for recently graduated PhD students to apply for a personal Veni grant of €250,000. Please find herewith information on the application criteria and submission deadlines (internal & external). Based on the evaluation of the last Veni round that showed a rather low success rate for the Radboudumc, we decided to further improve our application procedure. More specifically, the internal application deadline is advanced, the pre-selection of the candidates will be stricter, and the training and coaching procedures of the applicants will be intensified. Hereby, we intend to maximize the chance of success of our candidates. For any queries please do not hesitate to contact Claudia Soede.

Who can apply?

Eligible researchers should be among the best 10-20% of their age group and must have graduated (PhD) no longer than three years ago* (calculated from the date at which their doctorate was formally awarded to the deadline of the relevant Veni round, i.e. first week of January 2015). Talented researchers from abroad can also apply.

How to apply?

The Radboudumc Research Institutes together with Valorization developed an internal support procedure to coach applicants through the entire writing and interview procedure:  The first step is to send an expression of interest email to before 22/09/2014 containing the following information:

-         Up-to-date CV (including the exact date of PhD graduation). Please use appendix 1.
-         Name of the affiliated research institute (RIMLS$, RIHS, DCN)
-         Preliminary title of your application
-         Preliminary abstract

Based on the candidate's CV, the candidate will receive a personal advice on his or her anticipated chance of success. Veni candidates with a positive CV evaluation will be assigned a personal coach who will give feedback on the grant proposal (in addition to feedback obtained from your own department) and will have the opportunity to follow dedicated courses.

With kind regards,

Guillen Fernandez, René Bindels and Bart Kiemeney


*NWO may, however, relax the upper limits specified here in the case of individual
candidates who have taken extended sick, parental, maternity or care leave within the relevant periods. The total maximum extension that may be granted to any particular applicant is 5 years.

$Both RIMLS Radboudumc and FNWI candidates can apply via this procedure.

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