The NWO Innovational Research Incentives Scheme is directed at researchers in various stages of their careers and includes the following three forms of grant: Veni (for researchers who have recently obtained their doctorates), Vidi (for experienced researchers) and Vici (for researchers of professorial quality).
The Veni grant offers researchers who have recently obtained their PhDs the opportunity to further develop their ideas for a period of three years. The grant is for a maximum of €250,000.
The Vidi grant is targeted at researchers who have already gained several years of research experience at a postdoc level, and whilst doing so have demonstrated that they can generate innovative ideas which they can independently and successfully develop. They may develop an innovative line of research and appoint one or more researchers for this purpose. The grant is for a maximum of €800,000.
The Vici grant is targeted at the senior researcher who has successfully demonstrated the ability to develop his or her own innovative line of research and act as a mentor for younger researchers. Vici laureates may build up their own research group, often in anticipation of receiving a tenured professorship. The line of research shall be structurally embedded within the research institute. Experienced researchers may submit a proposal at least 8 years and no more than 15 years after they have obtained their doctorates. The grant is for a maximum of €1,500,000.