Innovative research produces valuable results: it may open up new areas of research or put an unexpected perspective on existing fields. The aim of the NWO Talent Programme is to give an extra boost to innovative research through three categories of grants: Veni, Vedi and Vici (I came, I saw, I conquered). The terms refer to how far the researcher has progressed in his/her research career:
- Veni: this grant allows researchers who have recently obtained their PhD to conduct independent research and develop their ideas for a period of three years;
- Vidi: researchers who are eligible for this grant are more experienced. They are given the opportunity to set up an innovative line of research and appoint other researchers to that end;
- Vici: for senior researchers who have demonstrated an ability to develop their own line of research.
VU University Amsterdam provides assistance to researchers submitting their research proposals through the VI support scheme.
In 2000 and 2001, under the Innovational Research Incentives Scheme ‘old style’, several VU researchers were made laureates: here are the winners 2000/2001.