Knowing the right funding instruments and successfully applying for them helps to kick start your research career and might pave the way to your next job in academia. To help you achieve this, the UMCG and the UG are teaming up this year to present the Young Talent Grants Week, a 2019 special event exclusively aimed at young researchers in their senior PhD and early postdoc years who wish to pursue an academic career. The Young Talent Grants Week will focus on providing you all possible information for the prestigious Rubicon, VENI and Marie Curie individual grants.
Fast track your early career research ambitions, join us during the Young Talent Grants Week on 22-24 May
May 22nd, whole day
- Dr. Elizabeth Koier (Erasmus University Rotterdam) - Lecture on changes in the Dutch science and funding landscape
- Sessions on Rubicon and VENI funding schemes
- Workshops on grant proposal writing and specific aspects of applying for Rubicon and VENI grants
See detailed program or register now
May 23rd, afternoon
- Session on Marie Curie Individual Fellowships: ins and out of the funding scheme and specific aspects of applying for the grant
See detailed program or register now
May 24th, morning, specific for UMCG researchers
- How do you implement new principles such as FAIR, Open Science and Open Access in your research and grant proposal
- How do you organize patient participation in your research
See detailed program
Detailed program 22 May
Plenary sessions and workshop ‘Rubicon and VENI’:
Harmonie Building 0026, under the arches.
Workshop ‘The art of scientific story telling’ René Fransen:
Law Faculty, entrance: right of 10a Uurwerkersgang
Workshop ‘How to prepare for a VENI application’:
Harmonie Building 0014, under the arches
Workshop ‘How to prepare for a Rubicon application’:
Academy Building, A2 (ground floor, right corridor)
09:00 – 09:10
Welcome by Rector Magnificus prof. dr. Elmer Sterken.
09:10 – 10:00
|Opening lecture: Dr. Elizabeth Koier (Erasmus University Rotterdam) - From rebellious genius to brilliant look-alike: Public project funding in the Netherlands.|
|10:00 – 11:00|
VENI: The inside scoop.
Get the inside scoop on the VENI grant. In this session, an experienced evaluator and two past laureates give you insight into how the selection process works and what made them successful, followed by a discussion with the audience.
11:00 – 11:30
11:30 – 12:30
Rubicon: The inside scoop
Get the inside scoop on the Rubicon grant. In this session, an experienced evaluator and two past laureates give you intriguing insight into how the selection process works and what made them successful, followed by a discussion with the audience.
12:30 – 13:30
13:30 – 15:00
| Two parallel sessions:
I) Rubicon and VENI, NWO information session
All you ever wanted to ask NWO about their prestigious Rubicon and VENI programs. An expert from NWO will be present and discuss the formats of both programs in detail. Special attention will be given to the new VENI pre-proposal format that will go online early May. Further topics: Differences between scientific domains, changes in the VENI procedure and the reason behind those, the embedding guarantee, DORA and the different steps and points where candidates are expected to provide input.
II) Workshop: The Art of Scientific Storytelling: René Fransen
The aim of this training is to make young researchers (PhD students, postdocs) think about the audience they are writing for when developing a grant proposal and what it takes to convince the reader that their proposal is worth funding.
We strongly recommend researchers considering to apply for a VENI in any domain to participate in the workshop.
15:15 – 15:30
15:30 – 17:00
|Three parallel workshops:|
I) The Art of Scientific Storytelling: René Fransen
This workshop is offered twice; content see above. Limited amount of places available.
II) How to prepare for a VENI application: UG Talent Development Team
If you are considering applying for a Veni grant after your PhD defense, you will need to think strategically on the steps to take during your PhD to maximize your chances. In this workshop we will focus in more detail on the role of your CV in relation to the Veni grant.
If you enroll in this interactive workshop, you need to submit your academic cv.
In your cv, mention (if applicable):
- any publications that are submitted, accepted or planned for
- teaching activities
- activities connected with the translation of scientific output within research but outside of your own research area, and/or within society
- any other academic activities (like editorial work etc)
- prizes and rewards
- funding: travel grants & other grants
Please send your CV on or before May 16 at 15.00 to , and put Veni workshop Grants Week in the subject line.
On May 22, please bring a copy of your academic CV on paper!
III) How to prepare for a Rubicon application: UG Talent Development Team
If you seriously contemplate a career in academia and you are considering an ambitious next step away from the Netherlands after your PhD defense, then you need to look into the NWO Rubicon program. This workshop will enlighten you on what YOU can do to prepare for Rubicon, and how others can support you in the process.
If you enroll in this workshop, you need to submit a short description (max 50 words) of what you would like to be working on during a one-to-two-years stay at a top institute in your field. For examples you can check out the
NWO website. Please also mention your (planned) PhD defense date. Please send your assignment on or before May 16 at 15:00 to
, and put Rubicon workshop Grants Week in the subject.
Detailed program 23 May
Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowship workshop
Location: Norman Building, Lutkenieuwstraat 5
13:30 – 15:00
Anna Goedhart, National Contact Point for Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions in the Netherlands (RVO), will provide a presentation on the MSC IF call 2019.
15.00 – 15.30
15.30 – 16.30
Kim van Dam, Coordinator Education Energy Academy Europe will provide an insight of her experience as evaluator.
16.30 – 17.30
Liliia D. Kulish (FSE) and Viraj Damle (UMCG) will share their experience as laureates of a MSC IF 2018.
We have provided room for Q&A in all sessions as we aim to have interactive meetings. Please find here the link to the call and to
the Guide for Applicants 2019 (pdf | 2.2MB).
The Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) aims to support the career development and training of researchers in all academic disciplines through international and inter-sectoral mobility. The goal of the Individual Fellowships is to enhance the potential of experienced researchers by funding postdoctoral fellowships for researchers of any age, nationality and discipline.
This session is for you if you are:
- a supervisor/head researchers and would like to attract postdoctoral researchers to your team. In this case, you can invite the potential fellow, attend the workshop together and learn everything about how to write a good proposal
- an eligible researcher from a country other than the Netherlands and would like to pursue your academic career at the UMCG/UG.
- an eligible researcher currently working at the UMCG/UG and want to pursue your academic career at the UMCG/UG (as long as you comply with the rules for mobility: meaning in practice, if you have not been at the UMCG/UG for longer than one year at the time of the deadline of the call)
- an eligible researcher currently working at the UMCG/UG and want to pursue your academic career at a different institution outside the Netherlands
- part of the research support staff at the UMCG/UG and want to know everything about the MSCA IF and the next call for proposals.
Detailed program 24 May
Location: UMCG Rode zaal
9:15 – 9:30
|Welcome and introduction - Nicolien Wieringa (Research Office)|
|9:30 – 10:20||“Open Access Publishing: a must or a must have?” – Guus van den Brekel, Sjoukje van der Werf, Peter Braun (CMB) |
Do you want to increase the visibility of your research and yield more citations? How can you make your research accessible worldwide to researchers, policy makers, practitioners, businesses, educators and the general public to increase the societal impact of your research? Is being eligible for grant application important? Publishing your research articles open access contributes! This presentation touches on the ins and outs, and provides practical advice, so you can publish your next paper open access.
|10:20 – 10:45||Coffee break|
|10:45 – 11:35||“Open data, FAIR data? Why and how” – Salome Scholtens en Myke Mol (UMCG RDM loket)|
Get all the information about these new concepts and learn how you can implement them in your research and grant proposals. Learn where to get UMCG support and advice in case you have any remaining questions about these topics.
|11:35 - 12:25||“The importance of patient participation for realizing research impact” – Annemiek van Rensen (Senior advisor PGO Support)|
Why is patient involvement important in scientific medical research and how can patients be involved? In this presentation you will be updated about recommendations and tools for successful patient involvement in scientific research. You can bring forward your ideas about involving patients in scientific medical research in a general discussion.
The UMCG Leidende Coalitie Patiënten Participatie asks your attention to the following:
|13:00 – 15:00||Want to help develop a map for patient involvement in scientific medical research? – Annemiek van Rensen (Senior advisor PGO Support) This meeting is in Dutch|
Additional to the morning workshop, PGO invites 8-10 Dutch speaking/reading researchers to participate in a test/validation session to help develop a map for patient involvement in scientific medical research. A first version of the map is ready and needs to be tested by researchers.
Do you want to help develop this map by participating in a test/validation session on May 24th from 13-15? Please let us know through:
We are looking forward to seeing you there,
Research Office UMCG & Strategy Education and Research,
Research & Funding,