How to obtain an NWO Veni grant (course)Final stages courses for PhD candidates


Course information

ECTS: 0
Number of sessions: 3
Hours per session: 3
Entry level: Advanced
Course fee:

  • This course is exclusively for researchers (post-PhD) of Graduate School affiliated faculties.
  • In case of over-enrolment, we will give priority to researchers who intend to submit an NWO Veni proposal in the upcoming round.
  • Consult our enrolment policy for more information

Contact: 

Telephone: +31 10 4082607


Session 1
September 12 (Tuesday) 2017
11.30 – 14.00 (lunch included)
Van der Goot building (directions) room M3-05

Session 2
September 19 (Tuesday) 2017
11.30 – 15.00 (lunch included)
Van der Goot building (directions) room M3-05

Session 3
September 26 (Tuesday) 2017
11.30 – 15.00 (lunch included)
Van der Goot building (directions) room M3-05


Introduction

The yearly awarded Veni grant from the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) is one of the most prestigious grants for junior researchers. It allows researchers who have completed their PhD within the last three years to conduct independent research and develop their ideas for a period of three years. Obtaining a Veni grant, the maximum amount of which is 250.000 euro, is considered an important step in a scientific career.

This course will explain all the ins and outs of the review and application procedure and give hands-on advice and guidance to researchers who will submit a research proposal in the next NWO Veni round.

In the run-up to the course, feel free to contact the research support staff at your faculty/institute for more assistance on preparing your Veni grant application.

  • ESHCC  Linda Jansen / jansen@eshcc.eur.nl / 010 - 4089128
  • ESHPM Antoinette de Bont / debont@eshpm.eur.nl / 010 - 4088525
  • ESSB Francesca Moretto / moretto@fsw.eur.nl / 010 - 4088610
  • FW Adhemare de Rijk / derijk@ese.eur.nl / 010 - 4081306
  • ISS Veronika Goussatchenko / goussatchenko@iss.nl / 070 - 4260411

Aims and working method

The course will focus on practical advice on how to get started early on a Veni grant application. The course is a follow-up to the introduction workshop 'How to obtain an NWO Veni'. In order to participate you are required to read up on the grant and the procedure.

Each session will consist of presentations, practical group exercises, a plenary Q&A session, and personal a feedback round on the preparatory assignments. Research policy advisors of various facilities will be present to provide feedback and answer any questions.

The course sessions and preparatory assignments are structured so as to cover each stage of the Veni application, i.e.: curriculum vitae, research proposal and knowledge utilisation.


Target group

This course is exclusively for researchers of Graduate School faculties and institutes who plan to submit a NWO Veni proposal in the upcoming round and are able to attend all sessions.

Graduate School faculties and institutes:

  • Dutch Research Institute for Transitions (DRIFT)
  • Erasmus School of History, Culture and Communication (ESHCC)
  • Faculty of Philosophy (FW)
  • Erasmus School of Social and Behavioural Sciences (ESSB)
  • Institute for Housing and Urban Development Studies (IHS)
  • International Institute of Social Studies (ISS)

Session descriptions and preparatory assignments

Session 1:
Curriculum vitae

Dr. Daphne van de Bongardt (2017 NWO Veni laureate) will share her insights into the application procedure. The focus will be on the practical aspects of preparing the proposal and how to ensure your CV aligns well with your proposal. In addition, research support officers from various Graduate School faculties will be present to provide feedback on your CV.
Speaker:
Dr. Daphne van de Bongardt (2017 laureate).
Preparatory assignment:

  • Curriculum Vitae in the NWO Veni template (sections 4a - 4i)
  • Use the explanatory notes when completing the form.
  • If you are unsure about a section, just keep it blank and save your questions for the session.
  • Email the assignment before September 5 (11.00hrs) to contact@egsh.eur.nl 
    Research support officers will provide feedback on your cv after the presentation.

Session 2:
Research proposal

This session is a combination of presentations and practical group exercises. The focus will be on how to make your research proposal stand out.
Speaker:

Veerle van Laere is Director of Grants Development at the Rotterdam School of Management (RSM) of Erasmus university Rotterdam (EUR). She has extensive experiences in guiding researchers in (re)writing their researchr proposal.
Preparatory assignment:

  • Summary of research proposal (max. 300 words). The abstract should clearly describe what you are going to investigate, why you are going to investigate this subject and which results you expect to find.
  • Email the assignment before September 12 (11.00hrs) to contact@egsh.eur.nl 


Session 3:

Knowledge utilisation
This session is a combination of presentations and practical group exercises. The focus will be on how to your knowledge utilisation chapter.
Speaker:
Jelko Dijkman is project leader at the Erasmus Centre for Valorisation (ECV). In this session he will delve deeper into the Veni knowlegde utalisation chapter by giving practical examples and providing personal feedback on the preparatory assignment.
Preparatory assignment:

  • Answer the following questions and bring your answers to the session:

    • What is your value proposition? How can you or others use the outcomes of your research for societal or commercial ends?
    • Who are your target groups? Who would be the end users or beneficiaries when your value proposition is realised?
    • Who could be key partners? Who could help you realize your value proposition or reach your target group?
    • What are your key activities? What will you do to help realise your value proposition for your target group?

  • These questions do not have to be answered in a definitive fashion, but should offer a starting point for the group discussion during the session.

About the speakers


Session 1: Curriculum vitae

Daphne van de Bongardt is assistant professor at the Department of Psychology, Education and Child Studies (DPECS). Recently she was awarded an NWO Veni grant for her research project "Lovely sex or sexy love?".


Session 2: Research proposal

Veerle van Laere is Director of Grants Development at the Rotterdam School of Management (RSM) of Erasmus university Rotterdam (EUR). She has extensive experiences in guiding researchers in (re)writing their researchr proposal.


Session 3: Knowledge utilisation

Jelko Dijkman is project leader knowledge valorisation at the Erasmus Centre for Valorisation (ECV). The ECV is the Erasmus University expertise centre for valorisation. It is the first point of contact for academic staff and support services in setting up and developing valorisation activities.