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Twelve Veni grants for UG researchers

16 July 2018

Twelve researchers from the University of Groningen (UG) and the UMCG have been awarded VENI grants within the framework of NWO’s Innovational Research Incentives Scheme, as opposed to sixteen last year. VENI grants are intended for researchers who have recently gained a PhD and have significant and original talent for innovative research. The grant is up to € 250,000 and offers these young researchers the chance to develop their ideas over the next three years.

The VENI grants are awarded annually by the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO). The twelve new Groningen VENI laureates and their topics are:




Laura Baams

RUG - Pedagogical and Educational Sciences

Not straight? Sexual orientation disparities in macro and micro-processes of youth victimization and mental health

Sean Desjardins

RUG- Prehistory

The resilience of Inuit traditional life in Arctic Canada

Maarten Eisma

RUG - Clinical Psychology

Grief’s paradox: approach and avoidance in prolonged grief disorder

Remco Heesen

RUG - Philosophy

Understanding Statistical Biases in Peer Review

Bertus Jeronimus

RUG - Developmental psychology

The lessons to be learned from happy neurotics

Gerine Lodder

RUG - sociology

The Proximity Project: Loneliness in Adolescence Explained by Social Relations and Social Appraisals

Stephanie van der Steen

RUG – Remedial education

(How) Does animal assisted therapy work?

Thom de Vries

RUG – Human Resource Management and Organizational Behavior

Pushing boundaries: Team boundary spanning in response to disruptions

Kathryn Bebbington

RUG – Groningen Institute for Evolutionary Life Sciences (GELIFES)

How much do parents disagree over offspring care?

Janne Ouwehand

RUG - Groningen Institute for Evolutionary Life Sciences (GELIFES)

Do non-breeding conditions constrain adaptation to climate change in avian migrants?

Inge Holtman (UMCG)

UMCG - Department of Neuroscience

Role of microglia in Alzheimer’s disease

Tamar Lok (via NIOZ)

NIOZ – Department of Coastal Systems

The ontogeny of migration: an interplay of genes and environment

The Innovational Research Incentives Scheme

The VENI grants, together with the the VIDI (for experienced postdocs) and VICI grants (for senior researchers), form part of NWO's Innovational Research Incentives Scheme. The VENI grants are designed for outstanding researchers who have recently gained a PhD. Within the Scheme, researchers are free to submit their own topic for funding. In this way NWO wishes to stimulate innovative research driven by curiosity. NWO selects the researchers on the basis of their quality, the innovative nature of the research, the expected societal impact of the research proposal, and the possibilities for knowledge utilization.

More information

More information about the young researchers and their awarded projects can be found at our website.

  • Jorien Bakker, UG press officer, tel. 050-3635328 or e-mail
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