NWO Vici grants worth 1.5 million euros

32 leading scientists - one of Amsterdam UMC - will each receive 1.5 million euros from the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO).

02/26/2019 | 12:00 AM

This Vici grant will enable them to develop an innovative line of research and set up their own research group in the coming five years. Vici is one of the largest scientific grants for individuals in the Netherlands and targets advanced researchers.
Gijsje Koenderink is AMOLF group leader (where she will use the Vici) and also professor Biological Soft Matter Physics at the Faculty of Sciences.

Gijsje KoenderinkHow cytoskeletal teamwork makes cells strong
Gijsje Koenderink AMOLF. Living cells deform themselves, yet resist deformation by imposed forces. The researchers will investigate the mechanisms behind this paradoxical behaviour by rebuilding the protein skeleton of the cell and measuring its mechanical properties. The results will reveal the molecular basis of cell mechanics and provide inspiration for future life-like materials.
Thediaphragm, the main respiratory muscle, is composed of an intricate clockwork of numerous proteins. Inherited defects in these proteins make the clockwork lock, with life-threatening diseases as a result. Physiologist Coen Ottenheijm (Amsterdam UMC, VUmc) will study how the clockwork locks and which keys there are to unlock.

Talent Scheme: about Vici
The Vici grant targets highly experienced researchers who have successfully demonstrated the ability to develop their own innovative lines of research, and to act as coaches for young researchers. Vici provides researchers with the opportunity to set up their own research group, often in anticipation of a tenured professorship. The Vici grant is one of three funding instruments within the Talent Scheme. The other two instruments are the Veni grant (for recently graduated PhDs, up to 3 years after graduation) and the Vidi grant (for experienced postdocs, up to 8 years after graduation).

Of the 239 proposals, 88 (37%) were submitted by women and 151 (63%) by men. Overall, 11 female candidates and 21 male candidates were awarded a grant. The award rate is therefore 13 and 14 per cent respectively.

More informatie at the website of NWO