Six Vidis for VU and Amsterdam UMC, location VUmc

The Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research has awarded eight experienced VU and VUmc researchers a Vidi grant worth 800,000 euros.

05/24/2019 | 12:00 AM

The grant enables them to develop their own innovative line of research and set up their own research group in the coming five years.

Jasper van VlietGuiding human settlements towards sustainable developmentJasper van Vliet  A rapidly increasing share of the land is used by settlements, but we hardly know how and where settlements change. This project will use large-scale satellite data to map these processes and use this data to generate computer models to guide sustainable land use development. 
Jorg EndrulisAutomata Transforming Streams  Jörg Endrullis Automata are of paramount importance in a wide range of fields. In industry, they are indispensable tools for parsing and text processing. While automata have been studied extensively, the power of automata for transforming streams is hardly understood. This project sets out to change this.
Francisco Blasques
Econometric methods for incorrect models Francisco Blasques  Econometric models offer simplistic and stylized representations of vastly complex economies. Statistical methods used in econometrics are designed to be reliable and efficient only when the model provides a perfect description of reality. This project investigates new econometric methods that are optimal in situations when the model is not perfect.
Francesca RighettiTorn between love and contempt: Ambivalence in close relationships   Francesca Righetti We often experience simultaneously positive and negative affect toward our romantic partners, a state called ‘Ambivalence’. This project examines how ambivalence affects people’s well-being and relationship dynamics and dissolution. It also tests an intervention to dissipate the negative effects of ambivalence.
Linda DouwThe BrainLayers of our thinking Linda Douw The brain can be seen as a network that consists of layers, like the traffic network consists of both roads and cars traveling them. The investigators will explore whether a new brainlayeranalysis helps in understanding and predicting problems with thinking that often occurs in stroke, multiple sclerosis and brain tumors.
Gijs Kooij
Natural weapon against chronic inflammation  Gijs Kooij Chronic inflammation occurs if the natural process to restrain inflammation (resolution) is not functioning properly. The researcher wants to know how this natural protection mechanism works in order to exploit it in the combat against chronic inflammatory disorders like multiple sclerosis.


Vidi is aimed at experienced researchers who have carried out successful research for a number of years after obtaining their PhDs. Together with Veni and Vici, Vidi is part of the NWO Talent Scheme. Researchers in the NWO Talent Scheme are free to submit their own subject for funding. NWO thus encourages curiosity-driven and innovative research. NWO selects researchers based on the quality of the researcher, the innovative character of the research, the expected scientific impact of the research proposal and the possibilities for knowledge use. A total of 443 researchers submitted an admissible research project for funding during this Vidi funding round. Eighty-five of these have now received grants.