Understanding Society

Tilburg University is convinced that it can contribute to solving social issues by developing and transferring knowledge and bringing together people from various disciplines and organizations.


Spinoza Prize

The Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (Nederlandse organisatie voor Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek, NWO) annually awards the NWO Spinoza Prizes to three or four active researchers in the Netherlands who, by international standards, belong to the absolute top of their field. The NWO Spinoza prize is the highest award in Dutch science. The Spinoza laureates conduct outstanding and pioneering research. They are an inspiration to younger researchers. The winners are given € 2.5 million to spend on research. In 2003, NWO granted Lans Bovenberg the Spinoza Prize, which he used to start NETSPAR. Please check the webpage Spinoza Prize for more information.

Veni, Vidi and Vici grants

The Innovational Research Incentive (Vernieuwingsimpuls) of the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) offers personal grants to talented, creative researchers. The funding enables applicants to do their own line of research, to give a boost to innovative research. The Incentives Scheme comprises three types of grants (Veni, Vidi and Vici), geared to different stages in a researcher’s academic career.
  • Veni: for researchers who have recently obtained their PhD
  • Vidi: for researchers who have gained several years of research experience after their PhD
  • Vici: for senior reseachers who have demonstrated the ability to develop their own line of research. This grant gives the established researcher the opportunity to start innovative research.

Please check the webpage Veni, Vidi and Vici grants for more information.

Chair of the Young Academy

Tilburg University’s Professor of International Law and Victomology Rianne Letschert is the chairperson of the Young Academy, a platform of young top scientists and scholars with outspoken views about science and scholarship and the related policy. Since its establishment, the Young Academy has organized inspiring activities for various target groups focusing on interdisciplinarity, science policy, and the interface between science and society. The Young Academy has 50 members, who received their doctorates less than ten years before their appointment to the Academy. They represent a broad spectrum of scientific and scholarly disciplines and work at Dutch universities and a wide range of research institutes. Read more about this Tilburg University member on the Young Academy website.

Members of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences

The members of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW) are chosen based on their scientific achievements. The members are appointed for life. Every year, the KNAW chooses new members who can also be proposed outside of the Akademie. Please check the webpage for an overview of the KNAW members of Tilburg University.

The Seventh Framework Programme (FP7)

The Seventh Framework Programme (FP7) funded European Research and Technological Development between 2007 and 2013. FP7 was a key tool to respond to Europe’s needs in terms of jobs and competitiveness to maintain leadership in the global knowledge economy. The calls for the successor to FP7, called Horizon 2020, started at the end of 2013. There are a number of different parts where Tilburg University has had a share in. Read more about our international collaboration. Tilburg University’s researchers also received grants for innovative ideas. Read more about this subject on the webpage The Seventh Framework Programme (FP7).