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Physicist Horng Sheng Chia and psychologist Jonas Dalege have received Rubicon grants from the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) to do research at foreign research institutes. The Rubicon programme is intended to give promising young scientists the opportunity to gain international research experience. A total of sixteen researchers from various institutions received grants in this round of awards.

Horng Sheng Chia (Physics):  Probing the dark universe with gravitational waves
Gravitational waves offer new possibilities for observing the dark side of our universe. In his research, Chia will explore new ways to study dark matter using the gravitational waves emitted by binary black holes.

Chia will go to the Stanford Institute for Theoretical Physics at Stanford University in the United States for 24 months.

Dr Jonas Dalege (Psychology): Network structure of resistant convictions
Resistant convictions can be harmful to society. For example, people do not get vaccinated because they overestimate the risks of vaccinations. Dalege investigates how such convictions form a network. Based on this, he develops interventions to make convictions less resistant.

Dalege will go to the Santa Fe Institute in the United States for 24 months.

About Rubicon
With a Rubicon grant, scientists can conduct research at a foreign research institution for up to 24 months. The amount of financing depends on the chosen destination and the duration of the stay. Each year the NWO can finance around 60 young researchers within Rubicon (for a total amount of seven million euros, spread over three rounds).