Professor Xandra Kramer, Erasmus School of Law, and Dr Antoinette Maassen van den Brink, Erasmus MC, have both been awarded a Vici grant worth 1.5 million euros by the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO). They will use the grants for the research projects How do we keep civil justice affordable in Europe? and From Headache to Heartache.
Vici is one of the largest grants for individual researchers in the Netherlands. It is intended for highly experienced researchers who have successfully demonstrated the ability to develop their own innovative line of research and can act as a coach for young researchers.
Affordable civil justice
The research conducted by Professor Xandra Kramer, Professor in Private Law at Erasmus School of Law, is entitled: How do we keep civil justice affordable in Europe? Access to justice to enforce rights is crucial for consumers and businesses, but the cost and financing of justice are under pressure. The researchers evaluate alternative pathways to fund civil procedures and share the costs of civil justice in a number of countries and at the European level. Lees meer over het onderzoek van Xandra Kramer.
Why mainly women suffer from migraines
Migraine is a highly debilitating disease, especially in women. Moreover, it is an important cardiovascular risk factor. The project From Headache to Heartache by Professor Antoinette Maassen van den Brink, pharmacologist at Erasmus MC, studies swhy specifically women get more migraines, how to specifically treat women and how to mitigate that cardiovascular risk in migraine, taking into account potential cardiovascular risks of antimigraine medication.
A total of 242 researchers submitted a research project for funding through this Vici grant. Kramer and Maassen van den Brink were among the 32 candidates to be awarded the grant. Vici offers researchers the opportunity to put together their own research group, often in anticipation of a structural professorship.