NWO Innovation Research Incentives Scheme
The Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO), the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW) and the universities jointly set up the Innovation Research Incentives Scheme in 2000. The aim is to promote innovation in the field of academic research. The scheme seeks to encourage individual researchers and gives creative, talented researchers the opportunity to conduct their own research programme independently, while encouraging talented researchers to enter and remain committed to the scientific profession. The programme provides three kinds of grants:
Veni grants: for researchers who have recently received their PhD, to allow them to continue to develop their ideas; a maximum of €250,000.
Vidi grants: for researchers who have gained several years of research experience after their PhD. The grant allows them to develop their own innovative line of research and appoint one or more researchers; a maximum of €800,000.
Vici grants: for senior researchers who have demonstrated an ability to develop their own line of research. The grant allows them to do research and build up a research group over the next five years; a maximum €1,500,000.
Dr H. W. (Henning) Tiemeier
Erasmus MC, Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry / Psychology
How we shape our children’s brains: from early life adversity to adolescent depression
Many children experience adversities such as harsh parenting, neglect or bullying. Dr Henning Tiemeier and his team are following more than 4,000 children from fetal life onwards. They are examining whether negative experiences and emotional problems change brain development and whether this leads to adolescent depression. The researchers are also identifying which supportive factors buffer adversities.