Support programmes

VU Amsterdam provides assistance to researchers taking part in the NWO grant programme Innovational Research Incentives Scheme  (Veni, Vidi, Vici) and in ERC grants (Starting, Consolidator, Advanced and Synergy). A guidance programme is available for researchers in this category. It varies from one grant scheme to the next, but generally consists of four elements:

  • information meetings: information about the grant programme and the support available from VU Amsterdam;
  • Go/No go advice: after filling in a "feasibility form" we assess the chances to get a specific research grant;
  • workshop on writing a research application: how to write a well-structured proposal to increase its chances of success;
  • advisory sessions: discussion of research application in a VU advisory committee – a group of outstanding academics with experience of obtaining external grants and/or as committee members of national and international grant programmes;
  • presentation training sessions: a presentation workshop, followed by a mock interview.

The guidance programmes are open to all VU researchers and to all researchers from outside the university wishing to base themselves at VU Amsterdam. If you would wish to join the workshop grant writing workshops for Veni candidatesyou need to fill in an input lining out some details on your planned project and your CV. Please request this form by sending an e-mail to or .

For more information:  Innovational Research Incentives Scheme support programme


 16th March 2018 Individual training in March and April 2018
ERC grants 2018 and 2019Starting GrantConsolidator GrantAdvanced GrantSynergy Grant
ERC deadlinemid-October 2018mid-February 201930 August 2018 and end of August 2019mid-November 2018
VU deadlinenot applicablenot applicablenot applicablenot applicable
VU Information meetingMedior infomeeting 29th March 2018t.b.a.t.b.a.t.b.a.
"Writing a successful Grant Proposal"
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Advisory sessions
  • β-Sciences and Life Sciences t.b.a.
  • α- and γ-Sciences t.b.a.
not applicablenot applicablenot applicable
Presentation training sessionst.b.a.t.b.a.not applicablet.b.a.
NWO Innovational
Research Incentives Scheme 2016 and 2017
NWO deadline08-01-2019, preproposals on the 28th of Augustus for the Social Sciences and Humanities (SSH) and Applied and Engineering Sciences (AES) domains04-10-201827-03-2018 for preselection and 28-08-2018 for full proposal
VU deadline
  • β-Sciences t.b.a.
  • Life Sciences t.b.a.
  • α- and γ-Sciences t.b.a.
t.b.a.not applicable
VU information meetingsJunior infomeeting 05-04-2018Medior infomeeting 29-03-2018t.b.a.
Workshop Grant Writing Veni     

Workshop Grant Writing Vidi
Workshop For candidates within the domain social sciences and humanities (SSH) on 4th June, 12th June and 9th of July from 13.00 untill 17.00
For other domains, Day 1: 28 July 2018, 29 July 2018, 4 September 2018 from 09.00 untill 13.00
Day 2: 11 September 2018, 13 September 2018, 18 September 2018 from 09.00 untill 13.00
22 June 2018, 3 July 2018, 10 July 2018 from 09.00 untill 13.00not applicable
Advisory sessions: 
Life Sciences
Social Sciences
  • β-Sciences t.b.a.
  • Life Sciences t.b.a.
  • α- and γ-Sciences t.b.a.
  • β-Sciences t.b.a.
  • Life Sciences t.b.a.
  • α- and γ-Sciences t.b.a.
not applicable
Presentation training sessionst.b.a.t.b.a.