NWO-Vidi’s for six researchers from Rotterdam
The NWO-vidi's from the 2018 round have been awarded to talented researchers, this Erasmus University counts six laureates. Andreas Alfons, Amanda Brandellero, Zhenyu Gao, Klazina Kooiman, Qiuwei Pan and Jan Stoop will receive 800.000 euros for their research proposal. The vidi-financing are annually awarded by the Dutch Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO).
The Erasmus School of Economics counts two laureates this year. The Erasmus School of History, Culture and Communication receives one and Erasmus MC receives three. The themes of the research projects are stress during poverty, reducing side effects, medicines against hepatitis E psychology with ratings, sustainable cities and our brain and movement. With the NWO-vidi grant the researchers will be able to develop their own, innovatie research line of research and set up a research group over the next five years.
The laureates from Rotterdam are:
Dr. Qiuwei Pan: Drug repurposing for treating hepatitis E
Hepatitis E virus has emerged as a true global health issues, with particular threatens to pregnant women and organ transplantation patients. Pan aims to identify treatment from existing FDA-approved medications that are safe, cheap and effective to combat this disease in developing and developed counties.
Dr. Andreas Alfons: Don’t let a few bad apples spoil the bunch
Modern technology and the internet makes data collection easier such that data sets are growing bigger, but also less reliable. Alfons will therefore develop new statistical methods for rating data that are not influenced by bad data points.
Dr. Jan Stoop: Measuring poverty with envelopes
Stoop will deepen the knowledge on poverty using novel field experiments requiring rich and poor households to return envelopes. The experiments mimic daily chores, and the impact of financial stress on their implementation. The results are important for future implementations of government policies
Dr. Amanda Brandellero: Crafting future urban economies?
Cities across the world are looking for ways to make their economies more circular, and localised production is seen as key to this process. Brandellero will comparatively examines how making locally is articulated and valued, in order to understand its potential role in sustainable urban futures.
Dr. Zhenyu Gao: Cerebro-cerebellar circuits for motor planning
Think before you act. An important feature of voluntary movements is that we can decide about an optimal strategy before execution. It is currently unclear how the brain determines an action plan that guides future movement. Gao will study how the cerebellum (little brain) helps by making a decision.
Dr. Klazina Kooiman: The missing link in bubble therapy
Miniature gas bubbles have the potential to locally deliver high dosages of drugs for the treatment of cardiovascular disease and cancer which reduces side-effects. Kooiman will address the exact mechanisms between miniature gas bubbles, drugs, and diseased cells so we can bring this bubble therapy to patients.
The NWO Talent Scheme Vidi is aimed at experienced researchers who have carried out successful research for a number of years after obtaining their PhDs. Together with Veni and Vici, Vidi is part of the Talent Scheme of NWO. Researchers in the NWO Talent Scheme are free to submit their own subject for funding. NWO thus encourages curiosity-driven and innovative research.
A total of 443 researchers submitted an admissible research project for funding during this Vidi funding round. Eighty-six of these have now received grants. That amounts to an award rate of 19%.