Support programmes

VU Amsterdam provides assistance to researchers taking part in the NWO grant programme Innovational Research Incentives Scheme  (Veni, Vidi, Vici) and in ERC grants (Starting, Consolidator, Advanced and Synergy). A guidance programme is available for researchers in this category. It varies from one grant scheme to the next, but generally consists of four elements:

  • information meetings: information about the grant programme and the support available from VU Amsterdam;
  • workshop on writing a research application: how to write a well-structured proposal to increase its chances of success;
  • advisory sessions: discussion of research application in a VU advisory committee – a group of outstanding academics with experience of obtaining external grants and/or as committee members of national and international grant programmes;
  • presentation training sessions: a presentation workshop, followed by a mock interview.

The guidance programmes are open to all VU researchers and to all researchers from outside the university wishing to base themselves at VU Amsterdam. If you would wish to join the workshop grant writing workshops for Veni candidatesyou need to fill in an input lining out some details on your planned project and your CV. Please request this form by sending an e-mail to .

For more information:  

Pdf logoInnovational Research Incentives Scheme support programme


 29th September 2017
ERC grants 2018Starting GrantConsolidator GrantAdvanced GrantSynergy Grant
ERC deadline17 October 201715 February 201830 August 201814 November 2017
VU deadlinenot applicablenot applicablenot applicablenot applicable
VU Information meetingMedior infomeeting 28th March 2017Senior infomeeting 9th March 2017Senior infomeeting 9th March 2017t.b.a.
"Writing a successful Grant Proposal"
22nd June, 6th and 13th of July 2017not applicablenot applicablenot applicable
Advisory sessions
  • β-Sciences and Life Sciences t.b.a.
  • α- and γ-Sciences 2nd October 2017
not applicablenot applicablenot applicable
Presentation training sessionst.b.a.t.b.a.not applicablet.b.a.
NWO Innovational
Research Incentives Scheme 2016 and 2017
NWO deadline09-01-20185-10-201723-03-2017 for preselection and 24-08-2017 for full proposal
VU deadline
  • β-Sciences 24-11-2017
  • Life Sciences 30-11-2017
  • α- and γ-Sciences 04-12-2017 (or until 1 week before the specific advisory session of each Veni candidate)
t.b.a.not applicable
VU information meetingsJunior infomeeting 6-06-2017Medior infomeeting 18-03-2017Senior infomeeting 9-03-2017
Workshop Grant Writing Veni     

Workshop Grant Writing Vidi
Day 1: The 29th of June, 11th of July, 6th and 14th of September

Day 2: The 3rd, 5th, 10th, 12th and 19th of October
The 22nd of June and the 6th and 13th of Julynot applicable
Advisory sessions: 
Life Sciences
Social Sciences
  • β-Sciences t.b.a.
  • Life Sciences t.b.a.
  • α- and γ-Sciences
(11-12-2018 09.00-13.00, 13-12-2018 12.00-16.00, 14-12-2018 09.00-13.00, 18-12-2018 10.00-14.00)
  • β-Sciences 26th and 28th of September 2017
  • Life Sciences 22nd and 26th of September 2017
  • α- and γ-Sciences 18th and 20th of September 2017
not applicable
Presentation training sessionst.b.a.t.b.a.t.b.a.