Five prominent academics from the University of Groningen have been awarded EUR 1.5 million each, to be spent on five years of research and the establishment of their own research groups. They have been awarded VICI grants as part of NWO’s Innovational Research Incentives Scheme (‘Vernieuwingsimpuls’).
NWO awards VICI grants on the basis of the researchers’ quality, the innovative nature and academic impact of their research proposal and application of knowledge. The VICI grants are intended for ‘excellent, experienced researchers who have successfully developed a new research line and thus established themselves prominently at both national and international levels’, says NWO. This year there were 216 applicants for a VICI grant. A total of 36 academics have eventually been awarded VICI grants.
Prof. dr. J. (Johan) Bos Faculty of Arts, Computational Semantics
It’s not easy to produce a good translation. The meaning has to be conveyed as well as possible, but a literal translation often results in unnatural constructions. Sometimes a subtle change in meaning can result in a better translation. How this works exactly is going to be investigated by computer linguists, working with automatic analyses of huge amounts of translated texts.
Prof. dr. A (Amina) Helmi Faculty of Science and Engineering (formerly known as the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences), Kapteyn Astronomical Institute
Over the next 5 years, the recently launched European Gaia satellite will help us to unravel how the Milky Way came into being. Gaia will help us to find the remains of the building blocks of our galaxy so that we can reconstruct how it was formed and learn more about the details of the mass distribution.
Prof. dr. ir. D.J.M. (Thea) Hilhorst - Faculty of Arts, Globalisation Studies Groningen
Natural disasters coupled with a conflict. What happens if a natural disaster occurs in a conflict area? What can the government do, how do the institutions function and what do the various aid organizations do to cope? How can they prevent the conflict getting worse? This will be investigated in nine countries struggling with natural disasters and various kinds of conflict.
Prof. dr. M.C. (Marcel) Timmer Faculty of Economics and Business, Global Economics and Management
An iPad is developed in the US but produced in China. Who does what, where and for what remuneration? This project will investigate the determinants of trade and offer new insights into the consequences for the jobs and income of employees at regional, national and global levels.
Prof. dr. R. (René) Veenstra Faculty of Behavioural and Social Sciences, ICS Research School
Why do anti-bullying programmes not work in all classes? Social network analyses and tailored advice are used to try to resolve the problem of bullying. Interventions (meaningful tasks for popular bullies; support groups for victims of chronic bullying; coaching of teachers) will be developed, introduced and evaluated in order to help schools fight bullying.
Vera Heininga is the Open Science coordinator and future programme leader of the upcoming Open Science programme of the University of Groningen. Together with her colleagues, she created the Open Science Community Groningen (OSCG). She explains...
Four and a half years ago, he received the Nobel Prize. During the award ceremony in Stockholm, Ben Feringa made a resolution: I will put science on the map. His mission is being given a new boost with the establishment of the Ben Feringa Fund,...
Older people with memory problems who live at home are extraordinarily resourceful when it comes to staying in control of their activities outside the home. Demographers Jodi Sturge and Mirjam Klaassens are certainly impressed. ‘It’s not about...
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