Pre-proposal in next Veni round in two NWO domains

12 March 2018

The NWO Domains Social Sciences and Humanities (SSH/SGW) and Applied Engineering and Sciences (AES/TTW) will pilot the use of a pre-proposal phase in the next Veni funding round.

The aim of this measure is to save applicants time, and therefore money, and to further increase the quality of the selection procedure. All candidates should submit a pre-proposal by 28 August 2018. The proposal will consist of a CV and a concise research idea. In addition, the application includes an expression of support (“embedding guarantee”) from the intended research institution. Only those applicants whose pre-proposals are found positive may submit a full proposal. The deadline for full Veni proposals will – just as for the other NWO domains – subsequently be in January 2019.

Changes in the CV template

In order to make a reliable assessment of the pre-proposals, the template of the CV to be submitted will change as follows:

  • The CV will provide more space for the exceptional qualities of the individual researcher.
  • Applicants will be given the opportunity to state their top publications, what the standards are in their discipline and the extent to which they satisfy these standards. As a result of this it will be possible to take the pluriformity of the different disciplines more fully into account.
  • Applicants will be given the opportunity to motivate why they – with their specific research profile, past performance and list of publications – are the most suitable person to realise the research idea.

In addition to the CV, the applicant will be asked to briefly describe a research idea in the pre-proposal.

What is an embedding guarantee?

The candidates should include an embedding guarantee in the Veni pre-proposal. With an embedding guarantee, universities express their confidence in a candidate and his or her proposal. For the Veni application this concerns a statement from the intended institution that if the researcher is awarded funding then he or she will have the opportunity to carry out the research within the institution making use of all facilities that are required for this.

Important practical consequences

For a research institute or research group this means there are two deadlines to take into account. For an applicant and supervisor this means that an early decision is needed about which the relevant NWO domain is.

For Veni applications the Grant Support team organises a training consisting of a few workshops in additional to giving feedback on applications. If there are sufficient applicants who want to submit a AES/TTW Veni, we will organise such training, and otherwise the applicants will be mentored individually.

Source: NWO

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