NWO Innovative Research Incentives Scheme

Vidi Laureates

 

Who ResearchFaculty Year 

Many living creatures are able to survive freezing cold, sometimes up to -70 C! They can do this thanks to antifreeze proteins, but how they work is unknown. The research by Iddo Heller studies the mechanism of action of antifreeze proteins at the nanoscale.
SCIENCE
2016
Dimitris Dalakoglou
Since the outbreak of the debt crisis in 2008, there has been a gap between our infrastructural needs and that which the state and the market can meet. The Infra-Demos project of Dimitris Dalakoglou investigates how society closes this gap by means of new forms of civil participation and technological innovations.
FSW
2016
Odile van den Heuvel
Odile van den Heuvel will investigate how disturbed brain development leads to mental illnesses, and vice versa, how chronic disturbed behaviors can change the brain. She will test how magnetic brain stimulation contributes to the training of healthy behavior in chronic patients.
VUmc
2016
Sjoerd Bruijn
How people can walk stably is largely misunderstood. The hypothesis of Sjoerd Bruijn's project is that stable walking only requires active control in specific parts of the walking cycle. In order to investigate this, methods will be developed that can answer the question of how our brain exercises this control.
FGB
2016
Judith Bosmans
Judith Bosmans will investigate how society can spend money for healthcare as well as possible. In order to answer this question, policy makers need information about the cost-effectiveness of care in daily practice. This project will develop and evaluate advanced methods that are necessary for this.
SCIENCE
2016
Dim Coumou
Stagnating weather in the summer can cause great harm to society. The research of Dim Coumou improves our understanding of the underlying processes of such extremes, including the role of climate change, using machine learning methods and the most high-quality climate models.
SCIENCE
2016
Christiaan Burgers
Christian Burgers conducts research into Political satire, which is often controversial when it is used to attack politicians. He wants to map out how, in different media, language use in satire differs from 'regular' genres such as news, and how these differences in media and language use direct public perception of the subject in question.
FSW
2016
Martijn van den AssemMartijn van den Assem studies how people make decisions when there is a lot of money at stake. He will use game shows to analyse economic behaviour.SBE
2015
Reinier BoonReinier Boon studies the ageing of the heart, the main risk factor for cardiovascular disease. He will study how so-called non-coding RNA (also known as ‘Junk’ RNA) contributes to heart ageing.VUmc2015
Sander DahmenSander Dahmen studies diophantine equations, these are equations whose coefficients and unknowns must be integers. They currently play a key role in modern theories of arithmetic and algebraic geometry.SCIENCE
2015
Michel van den OeverMichel van den Oever studies alcohol relapse which is often triggered by environmental factors that act as a reminder of its pleasant effects. He will use new advanced techniques to study how an alcohol memory is recorded by small populations of nerve cells in the brain.SCIENCE
2015
Philip WardPhilip Ward studies the simultaneous riverine and ocean flooding (in Thailand in 2011, for example) that can have a devastating impact on people living in deltas and estuaries.SCIENCE
2015
 wouer BotzenThe research of Wouter Botzen will develop insurances that provide an affordable and broad coverage of flood damage and also give stimuli to policyholders to reduce risks. An integrated flood risk and insurance model will evaluate different types of solutions for flood insurances. Experiments and questionnaire studies will investigate the preparation behaviour of individuals with respect to floods and how insurance policies can guide this behaviour.SCIENCE
2014
Jeroen de RidderAre liberal democracies good at producing knowledge? Jeroen de Ridder will determine how free and open debate between different standpoints should ideally lead to knowledge. He will subsequently investigate whether this ideal holds if citizens' considerable differences in opinion and limited rational ability are taken into account.FGW
2014
Nadia DominiciA child's first step is small but it is a large jump in his or her development. Nadia Dominici investigates the spontaneous changes in brain and muscle activity during the development of walking skills. The results will be directly applied in the rehabilitation of children with cerebral palsy.FGB2014
 Mirjam PijnappelsIn our everyday movements we match our behaviour to what our body is capable of. In this project it will be investigated whether elderly people fall more often because they either overestimate or underestimate themselves. A wrong estimation could lead to a high risk of falling or to inactivity.FGB2013
 Kristin KleberThe Ancient Persian Empire (550-330 BC) was the first world empire with many cultures and it extended from Greece to modern-day Afghanistan. Studying the tax system of this empire will help us to explain its stability.FGW
2013
 Ivan InfanteInexpensive and high-performance solar devices that convert light into electricity efficiently are of crucial importance for society. Quantum dot solar cells are cheap, flexible and reliable devices that are expected to play a major role in future solar technologies. In this project, my group will develop and apply versatile computational tools to speed-up the development of this emerging technology.SCIENCE
2013
Ed Eringa Ed Eringa investigates how an accumulation of fat around blood vessels contribute to the development of diabetes and associated vascular diseases. VUmc2012 
Edith Houben Edith Houben investigates how important virulence factors are transported over its unique cell wall.VUmc2012
Rosa BuloTo aid in the necessary transition to sustainable resources like wood, Rosa Bulo develops computer programs to simulate the complex chemistry involved.SCIENCE
2012 
Daan GeerkeDaan Geerke develops computational methods to predict drug metabolism by Cytochrome P450 enzymes, which often plays an important role in possible side-effects or failure of drugs and drug candidates.SCIENCE
2012 
Chris SlootwegChris Slootweg investigates if a combination of inexpensive elements , like nitrogen and aluminum, can be used as a catalysts in the chemical industry.SCIENCE
2012 
Wouter RoosThe research of Wouter Roos focuses on cellular and (supra)molecular biophysics. Techniques he uses include advanced light and touch microscopy (AFM) approaches.SCIENCE
2012 
Klaudia KuiperKlaudia Kuiper develops a new accurate time scale to test if the deposition of coals during the Paleosene can be controlled by astronomical climate forcing.SCIENCE
2012
Sophie van der SluisTo advance our understanding of the biological etiology of behavior, Sophie van der Sluis will develop new statistical methods for genetics research that accommodate the complex and dynamic nature of behavior.SCIENCE
2012 
A loss in neuronal connectivity is thought to underlie brain disorders such as autism, schizophrenia and Alzheimer's disease. Joris de Wit studies how adhesion molecules regulate the stability of neuronal connections, in order to gain a better understanding of the underlying mechanisms of these disorders.   VUmc2011 
Market economy is full of obstacles to transactions. Makoto Watanabe aims to find out what economic agents can and should do to mitigate such a difficulty. He also analyzes how prices can guide us to understand how well markets can work.SBE
2011
Frank Bruggeman studies how spontaneous changes in the molecular make-up of individual bacteria contribute to microbial survival strategies in dynamic environments.SCIENCE
2011 
Martijn Huisman will identify the characteristics of individuals who have aged successfully, despite having lived with exceptional socioeconomic adversity.VUmc/
FSS
2011 
Coen Ottenheijm investigates the role of the giant protein nebulin in normal and in diseased muscle.VUmc2011 
The research of Philipp Pattberg focuses on the assessing and reforming the current Architecture of Global Environmental Governance.SCIENCE
2011 
Barbara Vis studies high-risk politics, focusing particularly on why some political actors take high electoral risks but others do not.FSS2011 
Vivi Heine focuses on the development of a stem cell therapy for children with a brain white matter disorder.VUmc2011 
Philip Verhagen uses spatial dynamical modelling to reconstruct and understand the development of the cultural landscape in the Dutch part of the Roman limes.FGW
2011 
Jeroen Koelemeij is developing the building blocks for 'SuperGPS' through optical telecom networks.SCIENCE
2011 
Faustina Doufikar-Aerts carries out a multilingual, diachronic, interdisciplinary study of the literary and artistic traditions concerning Alexander the Great in the Islamic world.FT 2010 
Huub Maas investigates mechanical interactions between muscles, how this is used by the central nervous system, and how this affects the control of movement.FGB2010
Thomas Wurdinger investigates how brain tumors manipulate their micro-environment by secreting genetic messages.VUmc2010 
Steven Knoop investigates the fundamental properties of very large and very weakly bound trimers in a mixture of helium and rubidium atoms.SCIENCE
2010 
The recent financial crisis demonstrates that markets do not always run smoothly. Where did it go wrong? Albert Menkveld reconstructs trading in 2007 and 2008 to find answers.SBE
2010
Toby Kiers investigates how cooperation evolves and is maintained between plants and their symbiotic bacterial and fungal partners.SCIENCE
2010
Jolanda van der Velden investigates how mutations in genes which encode cardiac proteins lead to the development of heart failure.VUmc2010
Jenny van der Steen studies effects of treatment of pneumonia in patients with dementia.VUmc2010
Hilde Bras investigated the effect of family relations and practices on the fertility decline in Europe between 1850 and 2010 during her stay at VU Amsterdam.FSS2010
Elies van Sliedregt aims to undertake systematic and comparative research into international criminal law as applied by national courts, into whether, and to what extent, national courts adopt and should adopt international standards and liability theories.LAW 2009
Gareth Davies examines the interaction between international trade, the environment and human rights, and national sovereigntyLAWempty2009 
Paola Gori-Giorgi develops new theoretical and computational methods to calculate how electrons arrange in molecules and solids. These methods are at the heart of predictive chemistry and material science.SCIENCE
2009
Didier Roche aims at assessing the risk of (future) abrupt climate changes in a changing climate.
SCIENCE
2009 
Federico Camia examines mathematical models of physical systems in which randomness and self-similarity play a crucial role.SCIENCE
2009
Raoul Frese investigates the photosynthetic process on a nanometer scale and by reverse engineering in biological suncells.SCIENCE
2009 
Juliette Legler investigates the development and validation of in vitro and in vivo bioassays to determine the toxicological effects of low doses of environmental chemicals.SCIENCE
2009
Martijn Meeter investigates how a new stimulus can have a big impact on the brain, by generating more neural activity then a known stimuli, by tracking the attention and by getting better stored in memory. FGB2009
Rhiannon Meredith examines how abnormal synapses in mental retardation affect the function of both single synapses and neuronal networks in the brain.SCIENCE
2009
emptyRemus Dame conducted research on the structure of chromatin and the interaction between chromatin structure and genetic activity in bacteria and archaea.SCIENCE
2008
Anton Vonk Noordegraaf investigates the cause of pulmonary hypertension, which leads to an increase in blood pressure in the pulmonary artery and, as a result, heart failure.VUmc2008
Pol van Lier studies how the genetic vulnerability of children who display anti-social behaviour coincides with problematic environmental factors.FGB2008
emptyRick Bethlem is creating a molecule fountain in which molecules are slowed down, cooled and launched 10-50 cm before they fall back again as a result of gravity.SCIENCE
2007
emptyHarry van Zanten developed a mathematical theory that makes it possible to compare the performance of different methods in modern statistical practices during his stay at VU Amsterdam.SCIENCE
2007
Lydia Krabbendam examines the generation of trust and, conversely, paranoia, in interpersonal relationships.FGB2007
Marjolein van Egmond conducts research on the role played by immunoglobulin A and its specific receptor in mucosal immunity.VUmc2007
emptyHuib Mansvelder investigates which nicotine receptors and cellular processes are involved in the stimulation by nicotine of the intellect of neuro-psychiatric patients.SCIENCE
2006
emptyWim van Westrenen is conducting research into the origins and evolution of the moon.SCIENCE
2006
emptyChristian Olivers examines through analysis of eye movements and MRI measurements whether visual attention, short-term memory and consciousness work according to the same rules.FGB2006
emptyCatrin Finkenauer investigates how well people understand and know their partner, and whether this understanding matters for their relationship with him or her.FGB
2005
emptyDanielle Posthuma is conceiving a new method whereby the combination of genes and environment in the formation of human characteristics can be demonstrated.FGB2005
emptySander Nieuwenhuis conducted research on the effect of noradrenalin, a substance that hastens the processing of information, on human cognition during his stay at VU Amsterdam.FGB2005
Brenda Penninx examines whether people with depression or anxiety disorders are more susceptible to cardiovascular disease and what the role of the body’s two stress systems is in this.VUmcempty2005
Ronald Boellaard is developing methods to accurately measure changes in or disruptions to chemical interactions between brain cells in cases of brain or psychiatric disorders.VUmc2005
emptyAndreas Daffertshofer examines how the interaction between the brain and muscles ensure that people are able to move in a rhythmical fashion.FGB2004
emptyDavide Iannuzzi is developing a new technology in the field of scale-model devices: the ‘fiber-top’ technology.SCIENCE
2004
Martine Smit is researching the role of viral receptor proteins in relation to vascular conditions.SCIENCE
2004
Jos van Ommeren conducts research on the effects of corporate behaviour on commuter traffic.SBE
2004
emptyPieter Gautier examines whether people in cities who are single are more successful at finding a suitable partner and a job.SBE
2004
Manon van der Heijden conducted research on the process in the Middle Ages whereby the link between citizens and cities were weakened as a result of the growth of public services in the cities during her stay at VU Amsterdam.FGW
2004
Gajja Salomons is looking for a way of treating a new genetic defect that causes a mental disability.VUmc2004
Tanja de Gruijl is designing genetically modified cold viruses that infect dendritic cells, allowing the alarm function of the immune system in cancer patients to be restored.VUmc2004
emptyJacintha Ellers is attempting to demonstrate, on the basis of the saltatory evolution of the springtail, how species evolve and diverge.SCIENCE
2003
John Kennis examines how proteins absorb, use and pass on information by administering light pulses.SCIENCE
2003
 Helga de Vries examines how some cells of the immune system are able to penetrate the blood-brain barrier and the resultant changes to vessels.VUmc2003
 Joke den Haan examines how a special immune cell, dendritic cell, incites white blood cells to be aggressive or tolerant.VUmc2003
 Theo Geijtenbeek searched for new weapons in the fight against infections by making antibodies that block the interaction between viruses with specific immune cells during his stay at VU Amsterdam.VUmc2003
emptyErnst-Otto Onnasch examined the works of Immanuel Kant in order to map 'the system of reason' that was used by him during his stay at VU Amsterdam.FGW
2003
emptyRob van der Vorst is researching dynamical systems and partial differential equations with a topological and geometrical method in order to gain an insight into the structure of these systems. SCIENCE
2002 
emptyJoyeeta Gupta examined the change in transparency in relation to environmental issues in an international context.SCIENCE
2002
emptyEli Brenner examines how people combine different types of visual information about the same feature.FGB
2002
emptyJeroen Smeets examines how we combine different types of information when making deliberate movements.FGB2002
emptyErwin Peterman is measuring the performance of individual molecular motor proteins that set cell processes in motion.  SCIENCE
2002
Marloes Groot is studying two enzymes that become active through light and as a result can be portrayed accurately, to the femtosecond.SCIENCE
2002