Research Social and Behavioral Sciences

Vidi grant for data research Katrijn Van Deun

Katrijn Van Deun (Tilburg School of Social and Behavioral Sciences, department Methodology and Statistics) has been awarded a Vidi grant worth 800,000 euros by the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research NWO. The grant will enable her to develop her own research program and research group. Van Deun's research concerns the development of statistical tools for the analysis of so-called Big Data from multiple sources.

Various needles in various haystacks

These days we measure as much as possible: voting behavior, income, eduaction, age, opinions, obesity yes/no, our genome, ... Existing statistical methods are insufficient to conduct integrated analysis of these data. Van Deun develops new methods which provide insight into for instance the interaction between genetic and daily environment factors in obese people.

NWO's Talent Scheme which includes the Vidi grants offers individual grants to talented, creative researchers. This enables them to conduct the research of their choice. The Talent Scheme has three funding instruments tailored to various phases in researchers' scientific careers (Veni, Vidi and Vici).