Support programmes

The grants desk from the VU and the VUmc 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 five elements:

  • information meetings: information about the grant programme and the support available from the grants desk;
  • 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 and VUmc researchers and to all researchers from outside the university wishing to base themselves at the VU or the VUmc. If you would wish to join the grant writing workshops for Veni candidates you need to fill in an input form 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


8 October 2018
ERC grants 2019Starting GrantConsolidator GrantAdvanced GrantSynergy Grant
ERC deadline17 October 2018 7 February 201929 August 20198 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 sessionsnot applicablenot applicablenot applicablenot applicable
Presentation training sessionst.b.a.t.b.a.not applicablet.b.a.
NWO Innovational
Research Incentives Scheme 2018 or 2019
NWO deadline08-01-2019, preproposals on the 28th of Augustus for the Social Sciences and Humanities (SSH) and Applied and Engineering Sciences (AES) domains4 October 201827-03-2018 for preselection and 28-08-2018 for full proposal
VU deadline
  • Sciences (ENW) domain 23 November 2018
  • Health Research and Development domain 29 November 2018
  • Social Sciences and Humanities 5 December 2018
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VU information meetingsJunior infomeeting 5 April 2018Medior infomeeting 29 March 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 and for full proposal 12 and 13 November 2018
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
Day 1: 22 June 2018, 3 July 2018, 10 July 2018 from 09.00 untill 13.00  Day 2: 6 September 2018 from 09.00 untill 13.00not applicable
Advisory sessions: 
Life Sciences
Social Sciences
  • Sciences (ENW) domain 10, 11 or 13 December 2018
  • Health Research and Development (ZonMW) domain 13, 17 or 18 December 2018
  • Social Sciences and Humanities (SSH) domain 10, 11, 13 December 2018
  • β-Sciences 28 September 2018
  • Life Sciences 25 September 2018
  • α- and γ-Sciences not applicable
not applicable
Presentation training sessionst.b.a.t.b.a.