Innovational Research Incentives Scheme Vici - Social Sciences and Humanities

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The Innovational Research Incentives Scheme offers personal grants to talented, creative researchers. The funding enables applicants to do their own line of research. This boosts innovative research and promotes mobility within scientific research institutes.

The Innovational Research Incentives Scheme comprises three grants geared to different stages in a researcher’s scientific career:

  • Veni, for researchers who have recently obtained their PhD
  • Vidi, for researchers who have gained several years of research experience after their PhD
  • Vici, for senior researchers who have demonstrated an ability to develop their own line of research

Innovational Research Incentives Scheme VICI

The Innovational Research Incentives Scheme Vici is a grant for senior researchers.

Vici is a funding instrument from the Talent Scheme. It gives senior researchers the opportunity to build up their own research group, often in anticipation of a tenured professorship. The research group must become structurally embedded in the research institution.

Who can apply

Vici is targeted at outstanding senior researchers who have successfully demonstrated the ability to develop their own innovative lines of research, and to act as coaches for young researchers. Researchers who have obtained their PhD within the last 15 years can apply for a Vici grant. There may be a possibility of an extension in some cases like care responsibilities and/or training in a clinical specialism. 

Please consult the document frequently asked questions 

A researcher can submit a maximum of three Vici preproposals throughout his/her career.

What can be applied for

The maximum grant is 1.5 million euros.

When to apply

The following 2022 deadlines apply:

  • Closing date for pre-proposals for the 2022 round is Tuesday 12 April 2022, 14:00:00 (CEST).
  • Closing date for submitting full proposals is Tuesday 20 September 2022, 14:00  (CEST).

Applicants must submit their application via their personal ISAAC/MijnZonMw account. If the applicant does not yet have an ISAAC/MijnZonMw account, it should be created well in advance of the application deadline, to ensure that any registration problems can be resolved in time. If the applicant already has an NWO account, then he/she does not need to create a new account to submit an application.


All Vici applications are assessed in a nationwide competition.


The assessment criteria are:

  • quality, innovative character and academic impact of the research proposal
  • knowledge utilisation
  • quality of the researcher


The Vici competition will be assessed by four committees: four committees corresponding to the NWO domains: Social Sciences and Humanities (SSH), NWO-Science domain (Science), Applied and Engineering Sciences (AES), Health Research and Development (ZonMw).

Vici applications are assessed in a domain-wide competition: all applications from different disciplines within one domain will be compared in one competition. The domains use broad-based assessment committees of academics to advise on the merits and prioritisation of the applications. Depending on the number of submissions and the underlying disciplines the assessment procedure within the AES and the SSH domains can take place in different clusters.

Applicants must first submit a pre-proposal. These are assessed by one of the four assessment committees, which then makes a recommendation on whether or not to submit a full proposal. Full proposals are sent to external referees. Applicants are given the opportunity to respond to the referees’ reports (‘rebuttal’). Next, the full proposals, the reviews and the rebuttals are assessed by the respective assessment committees. They invite a selection of the candidates for an interview. Based on the application, the referees’ reports, the rebuttal and the interview the assessment committee advises the accredited board of NWO.

All proposals must be submitted via ISAAC, NWO' s electronic application system. 


Application date
Up to 5 years
Social sciences