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Nine Tilburg researchers receive NWO Open Competition SGW XS grant

Published: 06th February 2023 Last updated: 06th February 2023

The allocations from the first two rounds of the new SGW Open Competition XS program are a fact. No fewer than nine 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 Emel Öztürk, Boris van Leeuwen, David Schindler, Arjen van Lin, Sara van den Bossche, Elisabeth Huis in 't Veld, Sara Pabian, Ioana Pop and Gaëtan Mertens with this award.

Scientists from three different Schools receive a grant of €50,000 each, with the following proposals:


  • Dr. Sara Van den Bossche will create a roadmap for more diversity and inclusion in Dutch children's literature.
  • Dr. Elisabeth Huis in 't Veld submitted a proposal entitled "Iron-strength blood, iron-strength mind?” on the effect of low iron on cognitive and mental well-being.
  • Dr. Sara Pabian’s project is titled ‘Toward a better understanding of differences in perceptions of online hate speech among young adult social media users’.


  • Dr. Emel Öztürk examines how the darker sides of personality - psychopathic, manipulative and narcissistic elements - influence the will to take up leadership positions. 
  • Dr. David Schindler examines the spread and economic consequences of (un)tolerance: Lessons from World War II and Suriname's independence.
  • Dr. Boris van Leeuwen examines how managers divide their attention in the workplace and how selective attention affects performance evaluations.
  • Dr. Arjen van Lin investigates whether supermarket price promotions are to blame for household food waste.


  • Dr. Gaëtan Mertens investigates the different psychosocial predictors of different symptom clusters of 'long COVID'.
  • Dr. Ioana Pop investigates the effects of ceremonial use of psychedelics in the Netherlands on behavior and well-being.

For a detailed description of the proposals, see the overview of awarded proposals (NWO).

About the SGW Open Competition

The SGW Open Competition aims to promote excellent free, curiosity-driven research with a primarily social science or humanities research question and problem statement. With the NWO Open Competition - SGW, the NWO Social Sciences and Humanities domain gives researchers the opportunity to conduct research on a topic of their own choice, without thematic preconditions.