Of the seven academics who will receive a grant, six are affiliated with Erasmus MC. Rintje Agricola, Frederike Ambagtsheer, Nadine van der Beek, Pierluigi Ciet, Kevin ten Haaf and Floor Haalboom all work at the hospital. The seventh recipient, Jonathan Mijs, is affiliated with the Erasmus School of Social and Behavioural Sciences. For more information on the studies to be conducted, click here.

1,176 applicants

This year, 1,176 junior researchers who have recently obtained their doctorates applied for the highly coveted grant: 539 women and 637 men. The success rate was 14 percent. Women were more successful than men this time round: 17 versus 11 percent.

Veni grants are part of the Talent Programme established by NWO (the Dutch Research Council). NWO awards separate grants to academics at various stages of their careers. In addition to the Veni awards for junior researchers, it awards Vidi grants to more experienced researchers and Vici grants to senior researchers. The grants are named after a message Julius Caesar once sent to the Roman Senate after winning a battle: Veni, vidi, vici (I came, I saw, I conquered).