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Five promising researchers awarded a NWO Veni grant worth 250,000 euros

Published: 05th November 2020 Last updated: 24th July 2023

The Dutch Research Council (NWO) has awarded a Veni grant worth up to 250,000 euros to five highly promising young scientists of Tilburg University. The grant provides the laureates with the opportunity to further elaborate their own ideas during a period of three years.

The five laureates are Dr. Julio Crego, Tilburg School of Economics and Management; Dr. Anne Lafarre, Tilburg Law School; Dr. Bart van der Sloot, Tilburg Law School, Dr. Michèle Nuijten, Tilburg School of Social and Behavioral Sciences, and Dr. Marjolein de Boer, Tilburg School of Humanities and Digital Sciences. These are their research proposals:

Unveiling what your trading counterparty might know

Dr. J.A. Crego, Finance Department

When retail investors trade any financial asset, they are at a disadvantage as their counterparty might have more informatio. This research develops tools to characterize what the counterparty might know. The results will help policymakers to design more effective regulation and assess the trading costs borne by retail investors.

Regulating Shareholders to Stimulate Sustainable Corporate Behavior

Dr. A.J.F. Lafarre, Department of Business Law

One important component is overlooked in the transition to a sustainable society. Shareholders of large companies can put sustainability initiatives on the map and direct the development of sustainable policy. But how? With a thorough interdisciplinary approach, this project develops effective regulatory strategies. A crucial step towards a sustainable world.

Privacy as the right to be let alone by yourself

Dr. B. van der Sloot, Tilburg Institute for Law, Technology, and Society (TILT)

Ever more information about your past, present and future will become available through modern data-technologies. Consequently, you will be frequently confronted with unwanted information about yourself (an embarrassing childhood photograph, a prediction of your medical future, etc.). Do you have a right to be let alone by your (digital) self?

Towards solid science in four steps

Dr. M. B. Nuijten, Department of Methodology

Results of psychological research underlie important decisions concerning health, education, etc. Unfortunately, it appears that many psychological findings may be unreliable. In this project, the researcher will develop a protocol to determine efficiently if a result is robust, by focusing on verification of reported results in articles.

Bodies in transition: making sense of menopause

Dr. M.L. de Boer, Department of Culture Studies

Menopause is largely a silenced phenomenon. If discussed at all, it is primarily perceived as a health problem or as a positive role change for women. This project provides a comprehensive understanding of this bodily transition by analyzing women’s menopausal experiences and relevant philosophical theories about embodiment, womanhood, and aging.

NWO Talent Program

The Veni is awarded by NWO every year. A total of 1,127 researchers submitted an admissible research proposal for funding. 162 of these have now been granted. That comes down to an award rate of 14%. The submissions were assessed by means of peer review by external experts from the disciplines concerned.

Together with Vidi and Vici, Veni is part of the NWO Talent Program. Veni is aimed at excellent researchers who have recently obtained their doctorate. 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.

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