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 E. F. C. (Liesbeth) van Rossum
Erasmus MC, Department of Internal Medicine and Department of Endocrinology
Do stress hormones cause overweight and negatively affect health?
Dr Liesbeth van Rossum is studying whether the stress hormone cortisol is a key risk factor in the development of overweight and additional complications like diabetes and cardiovascular disease. She is using a recently developed method that involves measuring long‑term exposure to the stress hormone in head hair. The question as to why cortisol levels are usually higher in obese people is also being studied. The research will make it possible to estimate the risk of cardiovascular disease, which may lead to new treatments aimed at lowering cortisol levels.
Dr G. E. (Daniel) Trottier
Erasmus School of History, Culture and Communication
Digital vigilantism: mapping the terrain and assessing societal impacts
Digital media enable users to denounce and persecute fellow users. In response to mild breaches of social protocol as well as criminal acts, digital vigilantism includes a ‘naming and shaming’ visibility. Users publish the target’s personal details, resulting in harassment, death threats and other harms. Digital vigilantism is an interdisciplinary concern that requires both conceptual and empirical advancement. Dr Daniel Trottier conducts case studies in the Netherlands, the UK, China and Russia. This will help advance an understanding of mediated harassment and moralisation.