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Thirteen Veni grants for young Groningen researchers

16 July 2019

Thirteen 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. A terrific result building on last year's successes, where 12 Groningen researchers were awarded Veni grants . Veni’s are intended for researchers who have recently gained a PhD and have significant and original talent for innovative research. The grant of up to € 250,000 offers these young researchers the chance to further develop their ideas over the next three years.

The Veni grants are awarded every July by the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO). The 13 new Groningen Veni recipients are affiliated with five different faculties – Science and Engineering, Medical Sciences/UMCG, Behavioural and Social Sciences, Arts, and Philosophy – and their subjects are:

Name Faculty - department Subject
Dr Daria Zhernakova Medical Sciences/UMCG What makes cardiometabolic syndrome present itself differently in men and women?
Dr Jeffrey Buter FSE – Stratingh Institute for Chemistry

Fighting tuberculosis with a Trojan horse

Dr Brian Hare FSE Studying lightning with the LOFAR radio telescope
Dr Loredana Protesescu FSE – Zernike Institute for Advanced Materials

Nano materials for energy technologies

Dr Monique van der Wijst Medical Sciences/UMCG – Genetics Prepared for the unexpected because of diversity?
Dr Malgorzata Wlodarczyk-Biegun FSE – Zernike Institute for Advanced Materials Printing of complex structures for musculoskeletal repair
Dr Laura Bringmann Behavioural and Social Sciences Changing networks: New models to detect changes in psychological disorders
Dr Jasperina Brouwer Behavioural and Social Sciences Back to Nightingale: A social network perspective on the development of the professional involvement of nurses
Dr Julia Costa López Arts – International Relations

A definition of the people: Ideas of community in the late Middle Ages in meetings along the African Atlantic coast

Dr Marta Sznajder Philosophy Inductive Logic Knows No Morals: Carnap’s Philosophy of Scientific Reasoning
Dr Vincent de Meijer Medical Sciences/UMCG Repairing fatty donor livers to make more organs suitable for transplantation
Dr Hanna van Loo Medical Sciences/UMCG – Psychiatry Genetic upbringing – how genes from parents influence the risk of depression in their children via the environment
Dr Gea Holtman Medical Sciences/UMCG Diagnostic testing: from the hospital to the GP

More information about the researchers on our Veni, Vidi and Vici webpage .

The Innovational Research Incentives Scheme

Together with the Vidi (for experienced postdocs) and Vici (for senior researchers) grants, the Veni grants 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.

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