Innovational Research Incentives Scheme Vidi - 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 Vidi

The Innovational Research Incentives Scheme Vidi is a grant for experienced researchers.


Vidi is a funding instrument in the NWO Talent Programme. It allows researchers who have already spent several years doing postdoctoral research to develop their own innovative line of research, and to appoint one or more researchers for this.

Who can apply

You can apply for a Vidi grant if you have done several years of research at postdoc level. In this research you have come up with innovative ideas that you have been able to independently and successfully develop further. You gained your doctorate no more than eight years ago, calculated from the date of the PhD graduation to the benchmark date for the Vidi round (1 October). This period can be extended according to the extension clause in the case of caring responsibilities or in the case of training to become a clinical specialist. Further information about this is contained in the document ‘Frequently asked questions’.

A researcher may apply for a Vidi grant on a maximum of two occasions.

Researchers from outside the Netherlands may also apply.

What can be applied for

The maximum grant is 800.000 euros.

When to apply

A funding round is held every year. The deadline for submitting applications in the 2021 round is 2 november, 14:00 hours (Central European Summer Time).

When you submit your application to ISAAC /  need to enter several additional details online. We strongly advise you to start applying at least a day before the deadline. Applications that are submitted after the deadline will not be included in the procedure.


All Vidi applications are assessed in one national competition.

There is a single submission point for application within the Domain Social Sciences and Humanities (SSH).

The assessment of the Vidi applications takes place in panels. The allocation of a proposal to a panel is based on the main discipline stated by the applicant.

Preselection only takes place if the number of applications received by a particular division is at least four times the number of grants available. Otherwise, all the applications are sent to external referees without preselection. The full proposals (or, if applicable, those successful in the preselection round) are submitted to external referees for their consideration. Applicants are then given the opportunity to respond to the anonymised referee reports. The full proposals, the referee reports and the rebuttals are presented to the respective assessment committee. It is optional that the committee comes together in a meeting to discuss the interviewselection. In that case the assessment committee selects a number of candidates for an interview. The selection committee makes its own consideration based on the referees' reports obtained and the responses of the candidates to these. Subsequently the candidates with the highest prioritisation are invited for an interview. Candidates who are not invited for an interview will not be awarded funding.

For the assessment, the panels will make use of the results from a study into the publication culture in the domain. The results of this study provide up-to-date descriptions of the (sub)disciplines across the entire spectrum of the Social Sciences and Humanities domain. Therefore the assessment of publication lists will also be supported with this information in the new domain. On 1 January 2017 a brochure was published and this will be used by all assessment committees in the SSH domain.


The assessment criteria are:

  • Quality and innovative character of the proposed research
  • Scientific and/or societal impact (knowledge utilisation)
  • Quality of the researcher


Each NWO domain has a broadly composed committee of scientists that advises the accredited board within NWO about the quality and relevance of proposals.

All proposals must be submitted via NWO's electronic application system ISAAC. This does not apply to proposals for the Medical Sciences. These should be submitted to the Netherlands Organisation for Health Research and Development (ZonMw) via Via this page you apply to the Social Sciences and Humanities Domain (SSH). 


Aspasia is a grant linked to the Vidi and Vici competition. The following are eligible for Aspasia:

  • female researchers who have been awarded a grant under the Vidi scheme
  • female researchers who met the criteria for Vidi after the interview selection, but did not receive a grant due to a funding shortfall.
  • The Aspasia grant is awarded to Dutch university executive boards that promote these candidates to the position of assistant or full professor within a year after the decisions in the Vidi  round.
Application date
Up to 5 years
Social sciences