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Four Tilburg researchers receive NWO Open Competition SGW XS grant

Published: 19th April 2023 Last updated: 20th April 2023

The awards of round 3 of the Open Competition SGW-XS pilot programme are a fact. Four researchers from Tilburg University successfully applied for a grant. With this they can further work out a promising or innovative initiative within their research project. We congratulate Inge van de Ven, Bruno Nicenboim, Florian Sniekers en Konrad Turek with this award.

Four scientists from three different schools receive a grant of a maximum of €50,000 each, with the following proposals:


  • Dr. Inge van de Ven will map out the narrative characteristics of online misinformation and design a measuring instrument for ‘narrative competence’: knowledge of stories and the skills to analyze them. With a large-scale survey study among students, she will investigate whether narrative competence helps in detecting and interpreting online misinformation.
  • Dr. Bruno Nicenboim will gather data to create a computational model that simulates human reading, which will pave the way to a more complete account of reading and language comprehension.


  • Dr. Florian Sniekers uses state-of-the-art causal identification methods to study whether borrowing constraints can explain the rise of buy-to-let investment.


  • Dr. Konrad Turek will study age-based stereotypes and discrimination at work by applying an innovative methodology of Agent-Based Modelling (ABM).
About the SGW Open Competition XS Pilot

SGW's Open Competition XS pilot is explicitly about curiosity-driven, cutting-edge research and the ability to rapidly analyze a promising idea. The proposed research should be groundbreaking and it should not be certain in advance whether the intended objective will be achieved. The aim is for each project to contribute to existing and new scientific insights.