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Two Tilburg University researchers receive prestigious Vidi grant NWO

PRESS RELEASE 30 May, 2017 - Loes Keijsers and Joris Mulder, both researcher at the Tilburg School of Social and Behavioral Sciences, have been awarded a Vidi grant of 800.000 euros by NWO, the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research. The grant enables them to develop their own innovative line of research and set up their own research group for five years. Their research topics are opvoed-adviezen and dynamic social networks respectively.

Vidi grants are aimed at experienced researchers who have carried out successful research for a number of years after obtaining their PhDs. Together with Veni and Vici, Vide is part of the NWO Talent Scheme. Researchers in the NWO Talent Scheme are free to submit their own subject for funding. NWO thus encourages curiosity-driven and innovative research. NWO selects researchers based on the quality of the researcher, the innovative character of the research, the expected scientific impact of the research proposal and the possibilities for knowledge use.

A total of 590 researchers submitted an admissible research project for funding during this Vidi funding round. Eighty-nine of these have now received grants. That amounts to an award rate of 15%.

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