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. 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;
  • 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 .

For more information:  

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 3rd January
ERC grants 2017Starting GrantConsolidator GrantAdvanced Grant
ERC deadline18 October 20169 February 201731 August 2017
VU deadline29 September 2016not applicablenot applicable
VU Information meetingMedior infomeeting 28th March 2017Senior infomeeting 9th March 2017Senior infomeeting 9th March 2017
"Writing a successful Grant Proposal"
1 September 2016not applicablenot applicable
Advisory sessions 
  • β-Sciences and Life Sciences t.b.a.
  • α- and γ-Sciences t.b.a.
not applicablenot applicable
Presentation training sessionst.b.a.t.b.a.not applicable
NWO Innovational
Research Incentives Scheme 2016 and 2017
NWO deadline10-01-2017XX-10-201723-03-2017 for preselection and 24-08-2017 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 t.b.a.Medior infomeeting 18-03-2017Senior infomeeting 09-03-2017
Workshop Grant Writing Veni     

Workshop Grant Writing Vidi
Day 1: The 29th of June, 11th of July, 6th, 7th and 14th of September

Day 2: The 3rd, 5th, 10th, 12th and 19th of October
The 22nd of June and the 6th and 13th of Julynot 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 sessions8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th of May, 6th and 12th of June28th Feb, 6th, 22nd and 23rd Marcht.b.a.